Rantanen (leg) said he will practice Monday, but he will be skating with the group of players not expected to play in Monday's game against the Golden Knights, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. If Rantanen does practice, it will be his first time skating since Thursday. It sounds like there is no risk that he will miss the start of the regular season, which is what all his fantasy owners care about. His next chance to play after Monday will be Wednesday against the Stars.
Rantanen exited Thursday's contest early with a minor injury that held him out of practice Friday as well, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. Rantanen exploded for 84 point in 81 games last season while paired with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog. The winger is expected to play with the same linemates this year, which should help him attempt to repeat those numbers.
Rantanen racked up 29 goals and 84 points in 81 games during the 2017-18 campaign. Rantanen found chemistry with Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon on Colorado's top line and power play, where he posted 12 goals and 35 points. The 21-year-old winger was especially efficient in his shooting, firing the puck on net 178 times to finish with a conversion rate of 16.3 percent. The No. 10 pick in 2015 is heading into a contract year, and similar production could secure him a monster contract.
Rantanen provided helpers on a pair of his team's five goals, helping his squad earn a 5-3 win over Nashville on Monday in Game 3. This was something that the Avalanche needed, given that Rantanen was a key part of their offense in the regular season but scored just one point in Nashville during the first two games. If he's back on track, the Avalanche just might make a series out of this.
Rantanen scored a goal and picked up an assist in a 5-0 win over the Blackhawks on Friday. This ended a three-game scoreless jag for Rantanen, which is significant for him this season. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a tremendous breakout campaign, as he now has 28 goals and 54 assists in 77 games. Additionally, both of his points in this one came on the power play. That gives the Finn 33 points with the extra man.
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