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HOT START: The Avalanche is 5-0-0 to start the 2019-20 campaign, the second-best start since the team moved to Denver (6-0-0, 2013-14) and tied for the third-best start in franchise history (7-0, 1985-86; 6-0, 2013-14; 5-0, 1994-95). Colorado is the last remaining undefeated team in the league.
MAKAR MAKING HISTORY: Cale Makar extended his season-opening point streak to five games, the first defenseman in franchise history to open his career with points in each of his first five regular-season games and just the fifth defenseman in NHL history to record points in each of his first five career contests.
Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Pittsburgh Penguins
PPG Paints Arena, 5 p.m. MT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: 92.5 FM
Colorado and Pittsburgh square off for the first of two contests during the 2019-20 campaign. The clubs split last season's two-game series with each team winning at home.
Friday, Oct. 18 at Florida Panthers
BB&T Center, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avalanche plays the first half of its first back-to-back set of the season against the Florida Panthers on Friday night. Florida will make its lone trip to Denver to complete the season series on Oct. 30.
Saturday, Oct. 19 at Tampa Bay Lightning
Amalie Arena, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avs face Tampa Bay Saturday to close out the Eastern Conferece portion of their season-long, six-game road trip. Colorado lost both contests against the Lightning last season.
Monday, Oct. 21 at St. Louis Blues
Enterprise Center, 6 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
Colorado travels to St. Louis for their second Central Division matcup of the season and first of five meetings against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The Avs will return to Denver before copleting their six-game road trip at Vegas.
Player Spotlight: Andre Burakovsky
Burakovsky has tallied five points (2g, 3a) through five games this season, ranked fifth on the team in scoring. He notched the game-winning goal last Thursday against the Boston Bruins and scored in overtime on Saturday versus the Arizona Coyotes to lift the Avalanche to victory. Burakovsky's overtime winner was the second such goal of his career, and the winger is the first Avalanche player to register the game-winning goal in back-to-back outings since Gabriel Landeskog did it early last season (Oct. 18-20, 2018 at New Jersey and Carolina).
"That was one of the weirdest starts, one of the craziest ones I've seen in a long time, but obviously a great start. We talked about how we haven't come out too hot in the last four games, so we wanted to make sure that we come out really strong, especially on the road." - Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer on the team's four-goal effort in the first period against Washington on Monday