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MacKinnon eyes Colorado/Quebec Nordiques record for goal streak to start season; Lundqvist expected to start for New York

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

AVALANCHE (3-1-1) at RANGERS (1-4-0)

7 p.m. ET; MSG, ALT, NHL.TV


The Game

Forward Nathan MacKinnon will try to set a Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques record for the longest season-opening goal streak when they play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

MacKinnon (six goals) has scored in each of Colorado's first five games, matching the record set by Mats Sundin with the Nordiques in 1992-93.

Goalie Semyon Varlamov will likely start for the Avalanche, who begin a four-game road trip.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start for the Rangers, who have scored two regulation goals or fewer in four of their past five games.


Players to watch

Varlamov has allowed seven goals on 130 shots this season (.946 save percentage).

New York defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who was selected by Colorado in the first round (No. 14) of the 2007 NHL Draft, has 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 26 games against the Avalanche.


They said it

"The start that he's having as the season wears on, it's just a matter of time before he starts getting a little bit more credit. But I think if you talk to his opponents and teams that are coaching and playing against him, I think that they understand that he's an extremely dangerous player." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar on Nathan MacKinnon

"You've got to have will to your offensive game and you've got to have it for 60 minutes. It can't be every now and then. If you passed up 10 chances to go to the net, I guarantee if you go to the net on 10 straight chances something good is going to happen. A goal might come from that. A goal will come from that. That's something we've got to be better at." -- Rangers coach David Quinn


Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Alexander Kerfoot -- Tyson Jost -- Colin Wilson

Matt Nieto -- Carl Soderberg -- Matt Calvert

Vladislav Kamenev -- Sheldon Dries -- Gabriel Bourque

Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson

Ian Cole -- Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov -- Patrik Nemeth

Semyon Varlamov

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Mark Barberio

Injured: Sven Andrighetto (leg), J.T. Compher (concussion)


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Jesper Fast

Filip Chytil -- Kevin Hayes -- Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey -- Brett Howden -- Vladislav Namestnikov

Cody McLeod -- Ryan Spooner -- Vinni Lettieri

Brady Skjei -- Neal Pionk

Marc Staal -- Brendan Smith

Fredrik Claesson -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Adam McQuaid, Tony DeAngelo, Pavel Buchnevich

Injured: Matt Beleskey (shoulder), Boo Nieves (concussion)


Status report

The Avalanche acquired forward Marko Dano off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Dano is not with them because of immigration issues. ... The Rangers did not hold a morning skate. … Chytil, who had been centering the fourth line, moved to left wing on the second line during practice Monday. … Buchnevich could be scratched for McLeod.


Stat pack

Lundqvist has stopped 122 of 130 shots. He has a 2.03 goals-against average and .938 save percentage and this season. ... Rantanen has a five-game point streak (one goal, seven assists).

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