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Avalanche Weekly Update - Oct. 22

Colorado's eight-game point streak to begin the campaign was the second-longest to start a season in franchise history

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

STRONG START: Colorado was the last team in the league to fall in regulation, losing to the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Monday night. The Avs' 7-0-1 start to the season was their best through eight games in franchise history, and the eight-game point streak to begin the 2019-20 campaign was the second-longest to start a season in franchise history (11, 9-0-2, 2000-01).

GOALS ON GOALS: Colorado has registered four or more goals in six of its nine games this season and is tied for the league lead (Nashville), averaging four goals per game. The Avs have scored five or more goals on four occasions, tied with the Predators for the most such offensive outings.

Z REACHES 300: Nikita Zadorov skated in his 300th NHL game on Monday night against the St. Louis Blues, the third-most games played among active Russian defensemen in the NHL behind Winnipeg's Dmitry Kulikov (635 GP) and Washington's Dmitry Orlov (457 GP).

FRANCOUZ EARNS SECOND WIN: Pavel Francouz earned his second victory of the season against Tampa Bay on Saturday, becoming the third goaltender in Avalanche history (since 1995-96) to record a win in his first two starts, joining Vitaly Kolesnik (Dec. 7-9, 2005, two wins) and David Aebischer (Oct. 18 - Nov. 11, 2000; 4 wins). Francouz made 44 saves, the most saves by an Avalanche goaltender since Philipp Grubauer also made 44 on March 21, 2019 at Dallas.

Upcoming Games

Friday, Oct. 25 at Vegas Golden Knights

T-Mobile Arena, 4 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude 2, Radio: 950 AM

Colorado heads to Vegas for a "Nevada Day" matinee matchup against the Golden Knights, the second time the clubs have met on the state holiday (also: Oct. 27, 2017). The Avs are 3-3-0 all-time against the Golden Knights with each team winning at home throughout the all-time series. 

Saturday, Oct. 26 vs. Anaheim Ducks

Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avalanche returns from a season-long, six-game road trip to host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at Pepsi Center. It's the first of three matchups between the clubs this season. Colorado will make its lone trip to Anaheim on Feb. 21, and the Ducks will come back to Denver on March 4.

 

Player Spotlight: Nathan MacKinnon

MacKinnon has registered at least a point in each of the Avs' nine games this season, equaling the longest season-opening point streak in Avalanche history (since 1995-96), a feat he and Mikko Rantanen matched last season (John-Michael Liles, 2010-11). MacKinnon is the fifth player in NHL history to record a season-opening point streak of nine or more games in consecutive seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky, Charlie Simmer, Guy Lafleur and Rod Gilbert.

Quotable

"It feels awesome. It's pretty special. It's kind of always something you dream about as a kid playing in your backyard. It felt really special. It was an awesome moment." - Avalanche forward Tyson Jost after recording his first career hat trick on Saturday vs. Tampa Bay

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