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Western Central Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
28-13-10 66
31-19-1 63
27-17-4 58
27-18-3 57
24-18-6 54
23-24-3 49
16-28-6 38
15-29-4 34

Top Avalanche News

  • Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Picks up assist in win

    Rantanen had an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blues.

    Rantanen slipped the puck to Matt Nieto, who scored an empty-net goal for his first tally since joining the Avalanche. The Finnish forward has been moved off the first line, but Rantanen -- who scored two goals Thursday -- continues to hit the scoresheet with regularity. He's registered points in 32 of 48 games, including 19 multi-point efforts.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Finishes off Blues

    Nieto scored an empty-net goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blues. He finished with three shots on goal, one hit and two PIM over 15:01 of ice time.

    A game Colorado appeared to be in control of got tight in the third period and wasn't put away until Nieto's empty-netter with three seconds left. The newly acquired forward played in his second game with the Avalanche and once again skated on the second line due to Valeri Nichushkin's upper-body injury.

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  • Avalanche's Cale Makar: Nabs assist in win

    Makar had an assist, one shot on goal, three hits and one blocked shot over 26:44 of ice time in Saturday's 4-2 win over St. Louis.

    Makar has points in both games since missing four with an upper-body injury. His point streak stretches back to before the injury; the reigning Norris Trophy winner has registered points in eight straight contests, with four tallies and seven assists.

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  • Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Helps on winner

    MacKinnon had an assist, one shot on goal and one blocked shot over 24:38 of ice time in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blues.

    MacKinnon made a pretty pass to Evan Rodrigues for the eventual game-winning goal. At the time, Colorado had a 3-0 lead and was seemingly in control, but St. Louis made it close. It was the third straight game with an assist for MacKinnon, and the 10th time in the last 11 games that he's landed on the scoresheet.

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  • Avalanche's Evan Rodrigues: Pots game-winner

    Rodrigues scored a goal on six shots and had one hit over 17:40 of ice time in Saturday's 4-2 win over St. Louis.

    Rodrigues buried a pretty feed from linemate Nathan MacKinnon to give Colorado a 3-0 lead. The work of Artturi Lehkonen, whose hard drive to the net created the space for Rodrigues to operate, should be noted. Rodrigues has landed on the top line due to injuries plus the need to put Mikko Rantanen on the second line for scoring depth.

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  • Avalanche's Samuel Girard: Runs point streak to three

    Girard had an assist, two shots on goal, five blocked shots and two PIM over 22:34 of ice time in Saturday's 4-2 win over St. Louis.

    Girard's blast from the point was stopped by Jordan Binnington, but the rebound landed on the stick of J.T. Compher, who buried the puck. It was the third straight game with a point for Girard, who has one goal and three assists during this streak. Girard, who is last on the team at minus-8, has taken some heat this season, but he's found the offense hinted at when he scored 32 points in 48 games during the COVID-shortened season. The 24-year-old defenseman has nine points over the last 12 games.

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  • Avalanche's J.T. Compher: Reaches double digits in win

    Compher scored a goal on four shots and blocked one shot over 19:45 of ice time in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blues.

    Compher was in the right spot to pounce on a rebound of a Samuel Girard shot for Colorado's second goal of the first period. Compher's 10th goal of the season snapped a five-game stretch without a tally, but he's been productive offensively while the Avalanche navigate injuries up front. He has 14 points over the last 17 games and is just three shy of the career-best 33 he had over 70 games last season. Compher appears to have settled in on the second line and is averaging a career-high 20:16 TOI.

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  • Avalanche's Brad Hunt: Logs assist in win

    Hunt had an assist, one shot on goal and one blocked shot over 10:59 of ice time in Saturday's 4-2 win over St. Louis.

    Hunt was the secondary helper on Alex Newhook's first-period tally. The third-pair blueliner has been active offensively since the turn of the calendar. Hunt has three goals and two assists over the last 11 games while averaging 12:48 TOI.

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  • Avalanche's Alex Newhook: Scores birthday goal

    Newhook scored a goal on three shots and blocked one shot over 14:25 of ice time in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blues.

    Newhook, who turned 22 on Saturday, scored on his birthday for a second straight season. He gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead midway through the first period by burying his own rebound. It was the third goal over the last four games for Newhook, who has seven points over the last eight. The second-year forward is having a streaky season. Along with his scoring binges, Newhook has an eight-game scoreless run and another stretch during which he had one point over 11 contests. The Avs are looking for more consistency from Newhook, who was selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

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  • Avalanche's Logan O'Connor: Two-point effort Saturday

    O'Connor picked up two assists in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blues.

    He also added three shots, four PIM, two hits and a plus-1 rating to his ledger, and both helpers came in the first period as the Avs jumped out to a lead they wouldn't relinquish. O'Connor hasn't scored a goal in 36 games, but he has delivered a pair of assists twice in the last three games and three times in the last eight, although those are his only points in January. The 26-year-old will continue to have minimal fantasy value unless injuries to the Colorado roster allow him to escape his bottom-six role.

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  • Avalanche's Alexandar Georgiev: Sharp in fourth straight win

    Georgiev made 26 saves in Saturday's 4-2 win over St. Louis.

    The Avalanche staked their netminder to a 3-0 lead before Brayden Schenn finally got a puck past him on a Blues power play late in the second period. Georgiev has won four straight starts and continues to add to his career-high total of 20 wins on the season, and he only seems to be getting better -- through eight appearances in January, he boasts a .929 save percentage.

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  • Avalanche's Ben Meyers: Sent down after game

    Meyers was reassigned to AHL Colorado on Saturday.

    Meyers again played in a bottom-six role in a 4-2 win over the Blues on Saturday. With the Avalanche now entering their bye week, moving Meyers to the minors allows him to pick up some playing time. He has just one goal through 28 contests this season.

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  • Avalanche's Alexandar Georgiev: Facing Blues

    Georgiev will defend the home net versus St. Louis on Saturday, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports,

    Georgiev enters the contest on a three-game winning streak, which has improved his record to 19-11-3, along with a 2.62 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Georgiev has already topped his previous career high of 17 wins from the 2019-20 campaign. He will face the Blues, who are tied for 20th in scoring with 3.04 goals per game.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Out Saturday

    Nichushkin (upper body) won't play Saturday versus St. Louis, Ryan Boulding of NHL.com reports.

    Nichushkin also sat out Thursday's contest against Anaheim. Colorado returns from the All-Star break Feb. 7 in Pittsburgh. Nichushkin has registered eight goals and 18 points in 20 contests this campaign.

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  • Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Questionable Saturday

    Nichushkin (upper body) is questionable for Saturday's game against St. Louis, per Ryan Boulding of NHL.com.

    Nichushkin didn't play Thursday against Anaheim because of the injury. He has eight goals and 18 points in 20 contests this season. Denis Malgin drew into the lineup Thursday, and he might play again Saturday if Nichushkin doesn't return.

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  • Avalanche's Matt Nieto: Makes Colorado debut

    Nieto had two shots on goal and two penalty minutes over 13:51 of ice time in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    Nieto played his first game for the Avalanche since being acquired from San Jose on Wednesday. He skated on the second line with J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen, filling in for an injured Valeri Nichushkin (upper body). Nieto is expected to eventually serve in a bottom-six role and as a regular on the penalty-kill unit.

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  • Avalanche's Denis Malgin: Grabs helper in return

    Malgin logged an assist in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    Malgin missed nine games with an upper-body injury prior to his return Thursday. He was eased back into the lineup, playing on the fourth line and seeing just 8:03 of ice time. The 26-year-old was logging middle-six minutes prior to his injury, but it may be tough for him to regain that role after the Avalanche acquired Matt Nieto in a trade with the Sharks on Wednesday. Malgin is at six points, 60 shots on net, 40 hits and a minus-4 rating through 31 outings between the Avalanche and the Maple Leafs this season.

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  • Avalanche's Evan Rodrigues: Deals assist in loss

    Rodrigues produced an assist, three shots on goal and a minus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.

    Rodrigues had gone two games without a point for the first time since Dec. 19-21 prior to helping out on Samuel Girard's second-period tally. Over his last seven games, Rodrigues has picked up five assists and a plus-4 rating. The 29-year-old forward has 25 points, 104 shots on net and a plus-4 rating through 36 contests this season, playing well as a supporting part of the Avalanche's offense.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 3.02
(19th)
2.69
(9th)
24.5
(8th)

Injuries

Player Injury
G. Landeskog LW Gabriel Landeskog LW Knee
V. Nichushkin RW Valeri Nichushkin RW Upper Body
B. Byram D Bowen Byram D Lower Body
J. Manson D Josh Manson D Lower Body
D. Helm C Darren Helm C Lower Body

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