MacKinnon scored a pair of goals, added an assist and recorded seven shots on goal in a 6-5 loss against the Lightning on Saturday.
The center and his wing, Gabriel Landeskog, sparked an Avalanche comeback after they fell behind 4-0 in the first period. The two linemates combined to score five goals, including a pair of power-play markers, but that still wasn't enough in the defeat. Even so, MacKinnon is off to a wonderful start, scoring 15 goals and 38 points in the first 32 games. He only had 16 goals and 53 points in 82 games last season. MacKinnon is on pace to surpass the career-bests he set in the goal (24) and assist (39) categories during his rookie season in 2013-14.
MacKinnon scored twice in Thursday's win over the Panthers.
MacKinnon dominated in the victory, scoring both of the team's goals, including the game-winner in which he outmuscled Aaron Ekblad on his way to the net and beat goaltender James Reimer in tight. The 22-year-old is putting together a fantastic season, managing 13 goals and 35 points in 31 contests. He's been a force with the man advantage and is finally playing like the stud he is. He's an automatic fantasy play every night.
MacKinnon netted two power-play goals Tuesday against Buffalo.
The Avalanche came up short against the Sabres, but it wasn't due to a lack of effort from their leading scorer. MacKinnon fired seven shots on goal in 21:48 of ice time and is now up to a whopping 31 points in 26 games. The 22-year-old is an elite offensive weapon and is having the best season of his career. His ability to explode and dominate a game makes him a must-start whenever the Avalanche play.
MacKinnon came up empty on five shot attempts in Friday's 2-1 home loss to the Devils.
A speedy top-line pivot, MacKinnon was named the NHL's first star for his stellar play in November, as he amassed five goals, 15 helpers and a plus-11 rating through 12 games in the second month of the season. He's set the bar so high that it's probably been a big letdown for DFS players any time that he records a single point or misses the scoresheet altogether. Believe it or not, he's been held without a goal or assist in 10 of 24 games, but when MacKinnon strikes, look out.
MacKinnon scored the overtime winner and added an assist in a 3-2 victory against Winnipeg on Wednesday.
Both of MacKinnon's points came on the power play, giving him 11 points with the extra man through 23 games. That puts the first overall pick on a pace to best his career high in power-play points (17) from his rookie season. He also has four multi-point games in his last seven contests.