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Avalanche's Devon Toews: Sets new career high in points
Toews logged an assist, two blocked shots and two PIM in Monday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Toews helped out on Mikko Rantanen's third-period tally. The 27-year-old Toews has collected a goal and five helpers during a four-game point streak. He's already set a career high in points with 32 in just 29 appearances -- and that's with him missing nine games at the start of the season. He's added 66 shots on net, 37 blocked shots and a plus-34 rating in a top-pairing role. His scoring pace may regress in the second half, but he's strong enough defensively to remain a fixture in fantasy lineups.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Garners assist in win
Landeskog produced an assist, three shots on goal and three hits in Monday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Landeskog set up Mikko Rantanen's insurance tally in the third period. The 29-year-old Landeskog has seen a slight drop in his scoring pace with a goal and three assists in his last six outings. The Swede remains a strong presence on the top line with 39 points, 91 shots on net, 61 hits, a plus-20 rating and 49 PIM through 32 contests.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Cale Makar: Collects power-play assist in win
Makar notched a power-play assist in Monday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Makar helped out on a Nazem Kadri goal in the second period. The assist was Makar's sixth such helper in 13 games in January. He's picked up 13 points this month, and he's up to 39 points through 36 outings overall. The star defenseman has added 104 shots on net, a plus-22 rating and 46 blocked shots while playing in a top-pairing role.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon: Notches power-play assist
MacKinnon recorded a power-play assist and four shots on goal in Monday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
MacKinnon set up Nazem Kadri's opening tally in the second period. The 26-year-old MacKinnon once again avoided going more than one game without a point after he was held quiet by the Canadiens on Saturday. The superstar center is up to nine tallies, 34 assists, 137 shots on net and a plus-5 rating in 30 contests. Fifteen of his points have come on the power play, where the Avalanche have converted a 24.8 percent clip this season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen: Adds insurance tally Monday
Rantanen scored a goal on two shots and added two hits in Monday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Rantanen doubled the Avalanche's lead in the third period, and that's where it stayed in a low-scoring contest. The Finn has remained excellent lately with six goals and three assists in his last seven outings. For the season, Rantanen has 22 tallies, 49 points (18 on the power play), 129 shots on net, a plus-23 rating and 32 PIM through 37 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Nazem Kadri: Opens scoring on power play
Kadri scored a power-play goal on a game-high seven shots in Monday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Kadri broke a scoreless deadlock with his goal at 11:24 of the second period, and that was all Pavel Francouz needed to secure the win. The 31-year-old Kadri hadn't gotten on the scoresheet in his last two games, his longest drought since a four-game stretch from Oct. 19 to 26. He's still had a strong January with five goals, nine assist and 54 shots through 13 games. The veteran center is up to 16 tallies, 52 points (17 on the power play), 129 shots on net, 42 PIM and a plus-16 rating in 37 contests.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Posts second straight shutout
Francouz recorded a 24-save shutout in Monday's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Francouz has posted shutouts in his last two starts to extend his winning streak to six games. The Czech netminder needed a little time to settle in, but he's emerging as a reliable backup to Darcy Kuemper. Francouz is at 6-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and a .932 save percentage in seven appearances, including a pair of shutouts. Kuemper will likely get the nod Wednesday against the Bruins, but with Francouz playing well, he could push for a more even share of playing time in the second half of the season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Ryan Murray: Still in non-contact jersey
Murray (upper body) practiced in a non-contact sweater Monday, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports, indicating he'll remain unavailable versus Chicago on Monday.
With Murray not yet cleared for contact, it seems likely he'll be out even longer than Monday's matchup, though the team hasn't provided any specific updates. At this point, the Saskatchewan native will be on the shelf for his sixth straight contest due to his lingering upper-body issue.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Between pipes Monday
Francouz will defend the home cage Monday against Chicago, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Francouz has posted a 5-1-0 record with a 2.40 GAA and a .922 save percentage over six appearances this season. He has been victorious in each of his last four starts. The Blackhawks have averaged 2.36 goals for and 26.7 shots on goal on the road in 2021-22, ranking 27th and 30th in the league, respectively.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Hunter Miska: Back to minors
Miska was reassigned from the taxi squad to AHL Colorado on Sunday, per CBS Sports.
Miska last appeared at the NHL level during the 2020-21 campaign. He's sporting a .797 save percentage in four AHL games this season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin: Stars in return
Nichushkin scored a power-play goal and assisted on an overtime goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Canadiens. He added two shots on net, two hits and four blocked shots over 17:00 of ice time.
While Nichushkin wasn't named one of the game's three stars, he deserved to be honored as such. He returned after missing a week while in COVID-19 protocols, played well in all phases and gave the Avalanche a lift with his fourth multi-point game of the season. Nichushkin finished a pretty feed from Samuel Girard for his second power-play goal of the season in the second period, then the Russian forward wheeled away from Montreal defenders in overtime before setting up Gabriel Landeskog for the winner. With 11 goals and 19 points over 23 games, Nichushkin is on pace to better his previous highs of 14 tallies and 34 points in 79 games for Dallas in 2013.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Samuel Girard: Logs two helpers in win
Girard had a pair of power-play assists and one shot on net in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over Montreal.
The Avalanche's second power-play unit had it working Saturday and scored Colorado's first two goals. Girard and Devon Toews assisted on markers by Alex Newhook in the first period then Valeri Nichushkin in the second. He exhibited great patience on Nichushkin's goal, circling behind the net before feeding the forward in the slot. It was the third time in the last four games that Girard landed on the scoresheet. The blueliner is up to 23 points (five on the power play) through 37 games.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Alex Newhook: Notches PP goal
Newhook scored a power-play goal along with four shots on net, one hit and one blocked shot in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Canadiens.
Newhook rocketed a feed from Samuel Girard past Cayden Primeau midway through the first period to give Colorado a 1-0 lead. The tally was a carbon copy of Newhook's previous goal, when the 20-year-old one-timed a laser in last Monday's win over the Wild. It was the ninth goal of the season for Newhook, who has 14 points, 46 shots, 16 hits, 10 blocked shots and is plus-5 through 30 contests.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Continues to deliver at career pace
Landeskog scored the winner in a 3-2 overtime victory over Montreal on Saturday.
The star winger had gone four games without a goal, so this was a nice way for him to snap that slump. The Avs have continued to win -- they've won six straight and picked up points in 12 consecutive. And their current home winning streak stands at 15 games. Landeskog continues to deliver at a career pace this season (38 points in 31 games).... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Darcy Kuemper: Gets win in OT
Kuemper made 28 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over Montreal on Saturday.
Kuemper was good when he needed to be and kept his team in the game when it faltered defensively. He has been inconsistent this season, and Pavel Francouz has performed well behind him since his return from IR. Perhaps that's the push Kuemper needs to take his game up a notch.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Devon Toews: Ties career mark in points
Toews delivered three assists in a 3-2 overtime win over Montreal on Saturday.
Two of the helpers came on the power play. Toews is riding a three-game, five-point scoring streak (one goal, four assists), and he has 31 points in 28 games. That ties his career best set last season in 53 games. Toews is the one the Islanders let get away -- they traded him to the Avs in October 2020 for two second-round draft picks (2021 and 2022).... See More ... See Less
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