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SEE YOU IN FINLAND: The NHL announced last week that the Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will face off in a pair of regular-season games at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland as part of the 2020 NHL Global Series. This will be the second time the Avs have participated in the Global Series, as Colorado traveled to Stockholm for two games against the Ottawa Senators in the 2017 event.
NINE IS FINE: The Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 9-4 on Thursday night at Pepsi Center, Colorado's most goals in a game since Dec. 9, 2007 (9-5 win over St. Louis at Pepsi Center). The Avs erupted for six goals in the second period to tie a franchise record for goals in a single frame. All six tallies were scored in an eight-minute span, also a franchise record, eclipsing the previous mark of 8:06 set by the Quebec Nordiques on Feb. 22, 1981 (11-7 win at Washington).
Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Winnipeg Jets
Bell MTS Place, 6 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM
The Avalanche opens an 11-day, five-game road trip Tuesday night in Winnipeg, the first of four games between the Central Division opponents. The Avs finished 3-2-0 against the Jets last season, and after dropping the first two meetings of the season series, won the last three contests by a combined score of 14-4.
Thursday, Nov. 14 at Edmonton Oilers
Rogers Place, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM
Two of the Western Conference's top teams meet on Thursday night at Rogers Place in Edmonton. It's the first of three matchups between the Avs and the Oilers. Edmonton will make it's lone visit to Denver on Nov. 27, and Colorado will head back to Edmonton on March 25 to close out the season series.
Saturday, Nov. 16 at Vancouver Canucks
Rogers Arena, 8 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avs make their first of two trips to Vancouver for a matchup with the Canucks on Saturday night. Colorado was 1-1-1 against Vancouver last season. The clubs will close out their three-game season series in March when they meet twice in eight days.
Player Spotlight: Cale Makar
Makar was named the NHL's Third Star for the week ending Nov. 10. He is the second Avalanche rookie to be named one of the three weekly stars, joining Matt Duchene (Third Star, Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2009), and just the third Colorado defenseman to earn the honors, joining John-Michael Liles (Second Star, Nov. 15-21, 2010) and Tyson Barrie (Third Star, Jan. 4-10, 2016). Makar recorded a career-high three points in Thursday's victory over Nashville and followed that up with a pair of goals in Saturday's win over Columbus. He is just the second rookie defensemen in Avalanche/Nordiques history to post consecutive multi-point outings, joining David Pichette (Dec. 7-10, 1980). Cale's three-point effort was only the second ever by an Avalanche rookie defenseman (Kevin Shattenkirk, Nov. 27, 2010 vs. Minnesota) and he was the first Avs rookie defenseman to score two goals in a game.
"I think it just kind of shows the rest of the way we need to play. We've kind of proven to ourselves that when we play the right way, we score a lot more goals. And if we're trying to score on the rush all game, where you see a lot of areas with point shots, rebounds and things like that, and just hard-working goals. It kind of just shows what brings us success and what our team needs to do." - Avalanche defenseman Ryan Graves following Colorado's 9-4 win over the Nashville Predators last Thursday