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MacKinnon Named NHL's Second Star of November

MacKinnon set a new Avalanche record for the most by a player in the month of November with 25

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Nathan MacKinnon was named the Second Star for the month of November, the NHL announced on Sunday.

In 14 games last month, the Colorado Avalanche forward recorded 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists), the second-most for any player. He also finished with a plus-7 rating and an overtime goal, which he scored on Nov. 16 at the Vancouver Canucks.

MacKinnon's 25 points set a new franchise record for the most by a player in the month of November, eclipsing the previous high of 24 last achieved by Quebec's Walt Poddubny in 1988 (14 games played). His 25 points were the most by a Colorado player in any month since Joe Sakic registered 26 points in March 2000 (15 goals, 11 assists in 13 games played). Peter Forsberg is the only other player since the team moved to Denver in 1995 to record 25 points in a month, accomplishing the feat in February 1996.

It is the third straight November that MacKinnon has recorded at least 20 points. Before setting a new career high for points in a month this past November, his previous personal best came in November 2018 when he recorded 23. MacKinnon was also named the NHL's Second Star in November 2018 and First Star in November 2017, and he has combined for 68 points (24 goals, 44 assists) in 40 November games since 2017--the most of any player.

The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, native finished the month on a seven-game point streak, registering six goals and 10 assists. He closed November with seven points (two goals, five assists) in the Avs' back-to-back, home-and-home set against the Chicago Blackhawks, recording his third four-point game of the month on Friday and registering three points on Saturday.

Earlier in the month, MacKinnon was named the NHL's Second Star for the week ending on Nov. 17 after he produced seven points in three games.

Through 26 games this season, MacKinnon leads the Avalanche and ranks fourth in the NHL in scoring with 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists). He was the fifth player to reach the 40-point mark this season and fourth age 24 or younger.

MacKinnon is the first Avalanche player to be named to the league's Three Stars of the month since he picked up Second Star honors for November 2018. Overall, this is MacKinnon's third time earning a Three Stars of the month honor, all of which have come in three consecutive seasons in the 11th month of the year.

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid was named the league's first star of the month and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks earned third star honors.

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