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Avalanche's Caleb Jones: Assist, penalty in loss
Jones had an assist, two penalty minutes, three blocked shots and two hits over 13:59 of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes.
Jones dumped a puck in the Coyotes' end along the boards and watched Miles Wood reach it first then go straight to the net to put Colorado up 2-1. It was Jones' second assist in nine games since being called up. Later in the same period, he was in the box for interference when Arizona tied the game just 11 seconds into the power play. The third-pair defenseman has 11 hits, 13 blocks and is plus-5 since coming up from the AHL. Jones should continue to start regularly until Samuel Girard (personal) is ready to return.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Ross Colton: Picks up assist in loss
Colton recorded an assist and one hit over 14:27 of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Arizona.
After the Avalanche failed to convert on a 2-on-1, Colton regrouped in the neutral zone and initiated sequence that ended with a Miles Wood tally during the second period. While the third line has started to produce more offense of late -- Colton has seven points over the last nine games -- the Avalanche remain a team that relies heavily on the first line when it comes to scoring.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Helps on power play
Nichushkin recorded a power-play assist, three shots on net, one blocked shot and one hit over 25:00 of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes.
Nichushkin, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar had a little game of pass along the wall before Makar struck for the game's first goal. In addition to the secondary assist, Nichushkin helped by providing the screen of Connor Ingram. It was the first assist on the power play for Nichushkin, who also has five tallies while up a skater. The Avalanche would like to see what the Russian forward can do over a full year with good health; he hasn't played more than 65 games in any of the last five seasons. Overall, Nichushkin has 10 goals, 21 points, 60 shots on net, 25 hits, nine blocks and 12 PIM through 22 games.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Two-pointer on power play
Rantanen recorded to two power-play assists in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Arizona. He added four shots on goal and one hit to his line over 25:37 of ice time.
Rantanen was the primary helper on Cale Makar's first-period strike then the secondary aide to Nathan MacKinnon's game-tying goal in the third. The multi-point night was his ninth of the season, and Rantanen is up to 29 points (12 on the power play) through 22 games.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Extends point streak to six
MacKinnon scored a power-play goal and had seven shots on net in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes. He added one blocked shot and one hit to his line over 25:31 of ice time.
During an extended sequence in Arizona's end, the Coyotes forgot about MacKinnon hanging out on the other side of the ice. He one-timed a feed from Cale Makar for the game-tying goal that led to overtime. It extended his point streak to six games, but, Incredibly, it was just the first tally on the power play for MacKinnon, who has 11 points when Colorado is up a skater. With eight goals over 103 shots, MacKinnon's 7.8 SH% is the lowest since 2016. The good news is that he's scored twice on 11 shots (18.2 SH%) over the last three games, and one of the league's brightest stars may be ready to go off on a scoring binge.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Miles Wood: Tallies in loss
Wood scored a goal on three shots, adding one hit and one blocked shot over 15:23 of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes.
Wood raced into the corner for a loose puck then, realizing no Arizona defender was going after him, moved directly to the front of the net and beat Connor Ingram on the far side for this fourth goal of the season. The tally snapped a five-game drought. Wood maintains a spot on the third line and has eight points, 41 shots on goal, 28 hits, nine blocked shots and 20 PIM through 22 games.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Cale Makar: Strikes on power play
Makar had a power-play goal, a power-play assist, four shots on net and three blocked shots over 28:15 of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Arizona.
Makar, who left practice early Wednesday per Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now, showed up Thursday ready to go. The Avalanche prepared for him to possibly miss the game by calling up Sam Malinski from AHL Colorado, but he was not needed. Makar whistled a wrister after changing the angle for his third power-play tally and second in two games. The defenseman later assisted on Nathan MacKinnon's power-play strike that sent the game into overtime, giving him his 12th multi-point game of the season, The league's top blueliner has recorded 13 points while Colorado is skater up and 34 overall through 22 games.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Alexandar Georgiev: Falls in overtime
Georgiev allowed four goals on 32 shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes.
Georgiev allowed two goals in the second period and another in the third before Nick Bjugstad's game-winner in overtime. The 27-year-old Georgiev had won six of his previous seven starts coming into Thursday, posting a .918 save percentage in that span. He's now 13-5-1 with an .899 save percentage and 2.89 GAA on the season. The Avalanche are back in action Saturday on the road against Anaheim.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Alexandar Georgiev: First goalie off Thursday
Georgiev was the first goalie to leave the ice Thursday, Avalanche play-by-play announcer Conor McGahey reports, indicating he'll be in goal on the road against Arizona.
Georgiev has played in 18 of the Avs' 21 contests this season, posting a 13-5-0 record and 2.84 GAA to go with one shutout. At this rate, the Bulgarian backstop figures to lead the league in games played, especially considering Jonas Johansson -- who is currently tied with Georgiev at 18 games played -- will likely see himself dropped from the starting role.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Sam Malinski: Rises from AHL
Malinski was called up from AHL Colorado on Wednesday, Brennan Vogt of The-Rink.com reports.
Malinski's promotion may just be to give the Avalanche extra depth on the blue line. The Avalanche have three games between Thursday and Sunday, all on the road, but it's unclear if the 25-year-old will play during this stint on the NHL roster. He logged 12:02 of ice time versus the Kraken in his debut Nov. 13.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Tomas Tatar: Generates helper in win
Tatar logged an assist and blocked two shots in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning.
Tatar set up Ryan Johansen's second goal of the game at 1:48 of the second period. The helper ended a four-game drought for Tatar, who also missed a contest in that span due to an undisclosed injury. The winger has eight assists through 19 contests while he remains in pursuit of his first goal this season. He has not exceeded 12 minutes of ice time since Nov. 15 versus the Ducks, so he's playing a limited role despite being listed on the second line.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Helps out on power play again
Rantanen notched a power-play assist in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning.
Rantanen has a power-play helper in four of his last six games, and he's added two even-strength goals in that span. He set up Cale Makar's goal at 3:35 of the second period in Monday's win. Rantanen has 12 tallies, 15 assists, 10 power-play points, 64 shots on net, 16 PIM and a plus-9 rating through 21 contests as one of the Avalanche's most reliable forwards.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Provides pair of assists
MacKinnon notched two assists in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning.
MacKinnon was a game-time decision with an illness and went on to play 21:45 in the contest. He also extended his point streak to five games, a span in which he's amassed a goal and seven assists. The superstar center has 28 points, 96 shots on net, 20 blocked shots, 13 hits, 22 PIM and a plus-7 rating through 21 outings overall.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Extends streak with empty-netter
Nichushkin scored an empty-net goal on two shots and added three hits in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning.
Nichushkin's tally in the third period kept his point streak alive at eight games (eight goals, four assists). The 28-year-old winger has surged in November to reach the 10-goal mark after tallying just once in October. For the season, he's produced 20 points, 58 shots, 24 hits and a plus-8 rating through 21 appearances as a constant member of the Avalanche's top six.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Cale Makar: Two-point effort in win
Makar scored a power-play goal on three shots, logged an assist, added two PIM and went plus-2 in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning.
Makar scored at 3:35 of the second period, less than two minutes after he helped out on Ryan Johansen's second goal of the game. With eight multi-point efforts so far in November, Makar has been one of the best players in the league this month. He's up to six goals, 32 points (11 on the power play), 51 shots on net, 37 blocked shots, 10 PIM and a plus-20 rating through 21 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Ryan Johansen: Scores twice Monday
Johansen scored a pair of goals in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning.
Johansen has tallied four times over the last six games. The 31-year-old center had the Avalanche's first two goals Monday, which included the game-winner. He's up to nine goals with just one helper through 21 outings, and he's added 42 shots on net, 13 hits and an even plus-minus rating. Johansen remains the listed second-line center, but his ice time has been trending down over the second half of November -- he saw a mere 10:58 in Monday's win.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Alexandar Georgiev: Starring role in win
Georgiev stopped 39 of 40 shots in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning.
The Lightning had more of the play, but Georgiev was up to the task of keeping them in check. Only Anthony Cirelli's goal late in the second period got past Georgiev. The win was the 27-year-old's sixth in his last seven outings, and he's allowed just five goals over his last three games. For the season, the Bulgarian netminder is 13-5-0 with a 2.84 GAA and an .899 save percentage through 18 starts. The Avalanche begin a three-game road trip with Thursday's game in Arizona.... See More ... See Less
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