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Avalanche Weekly Update - Nov. 19

Avs complete their five-game, 11-day road trip on Thursday in Minnesota

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

ALL HAIL CALE: Cale Makar leads all NHL rookies with 22 points (5g/17a) in 20 games and is just the fourth defenseman in NHL history to record 20 or more points in his first 20 career games. He is only the second to do so in the modern era (since 1943-44) and the first since Larry Murphy nearly 40 years ago.

THE MORE THE MERRIER: Antoine Bibeau on Saturday became the fourth Avalanche goaltender to win a game in 2019-20. This is only the second Avs team to feature four different goaltenders with a victory in a single season (also 2005-06). Colorado is the ninth team in NHL history to have four different goalies with a victory through their first 20 games of a season (last: Vegas in 2017-18).

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Calgary Flames

Scotiabank Saddledome, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avalanche and the Flames meet for the second time this season on Tuesday night. Colorado won the first matchup 5-3 on Opening Night. This is the Avs' only trip to Calgary in 2019-20, as the Flames will return to Denver to complete the three-game season series on Dec. 9. 

Thursday, Nov. 21 at Minnesota Wild

Xcel Energy Center, 6 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

Colorado closes out its 11-day, five game road trip on Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild. This is the first of three visits the Avalanche will pay to its Central Division rival. The clubs met at Pepsi Center on Oct. 5, a 4-2 win for the Avs.

Saturday, Nov. 23 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Pepsi Center, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avalanche returns home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday evening, the start of a two-game homestand for Colorado. This is Toronto's only stop in the Mile High City this season, and the clubs will meet again on Dec. 4 in Toronto.

Player Spotlight: Nathan MacKinnon

MacKinnon was named the NHL's Second Star for the week ending on Nov. 17, his fifth time being named to the NHL's weekly stars and first since he was the second star for the week of March 12-18, 2018. MacKinnon led the Avalanche with seven points in three games last week, including a four-point performance (2g, 2a) against the Winnipeg Jets last Tuesday. On Saturday, MacKinnon scored in overtime to help lead Colorado to a 5-4 victory at the Vancouver Canucks. It was the eighth regular-season overtime goal of his career, surpassing Joe Sakic to take sole possession of second place in franchise history in overtime winners.

Quotable

"I'm real proud of [being inducted]. I think, you know, I got my playing career start in the ECHL and my coaching career start. I spent a lot of time with one organization there in South Carolina, so it's a big part of my hockey career and my background. I learned a lot there and did a bunch of different things, and I was able to play and coach with them and coach some awesome players too. It's a part of my life that I'm real proud about. It's an honor to be named to the ECHL Hall of Fame, no question."- Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar on being named one of four inductees to the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2020

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