AVALANCHE (8-3-2) at COYOTES (7-4-1)
9 p.m. ET; FS-A Plus, ALT2, NHL.TV
Nathan MacKinnon will attempt to extend his point streak since the season started to 14 games when the Colorado Avalanche play the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.
MacKinnon scored his eighth goal of the season in Colorado's 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday. The loss extended Colorado's winless streak to three games (0-2-1) following an 8-1-1 start. MacKinnon has the longest season-opening streak in the NHL since Henrik Zetterberg had a 17-game streak with the Detroit Red Wings from Oct. 3-Nov. 11, 2007.
The Coyotes, 7-2-1 in their past 10 games, are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Darcy Kuemper will start in goal for the Coyotes. Pavel Francouz is expected to start for the Avalanche in what would be his sixth NHL game and third against the Coyotes. He is 1-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average against them.
Players to watch
Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri had a goal in Colorado's 3-2 overtime win against Arizona on Oct. 12 and has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.
Coyotes forward Phil Kessel has 10 goals in 17 games against the Avalanche. He has two goals this season, both against the Nashville Predators on Oct. 17.
They said it
"[The players] have to decide to get themselves ready to play. I can't do that for them. Right now, we're coming out to play hockey, we're not coming out to win hockey games." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar on the 0-2-1 winless streak
"You've got to be mentally tough. We're going to have some of these spots throughout the year. This is going to happen again. We can't use it as an excuse." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on starting a stretch of three games in four days, including back-to-back games on the road
Avalanche projected lines
Andre Burakovsky -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi
Nazem Kadri -- Tyson Jost -- J.T. Compher
Matt Nieto -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Matt Calvert
Valeri Nichushkin -- Vladislav Kamenev -- Jayson Megna
Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson
Ian Cole -- Cale Makar
Nikita Zadorov -- Ryan Graves
Scratched: Mark Barberio
Injured: Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)
Coyotes projected lines
Barrett Hayton -- Christian Dvorak -- Phil Kessel
Clayton Keller -- Nick Schmaltz -- Conor Garland
Michael Grabner -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Christian Fischer
Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers
Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski
Jordan Oesterle -- Ilya Lyubushkin
Scratched: Aaron Ness, Eric Comrie
Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body), Brad Richardson (upper body)
Oesterle will return after being out for six games with an upper body injury. … Richardson practiced Friday and is close to returning.
The Avalanche are 3-1 against the Coyotes since the start of last season. … MacKinnon has three goals in 18 games against Arizona. … The longest scoring streak to begin a season in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history is 30 games by Mats Sundin from Oct. 8-Dec. 10, 1992. … Kuemper is 5-1-0 in his past six starts and is 3-1-2 with a 2.09 goals-against average against Colorado.