The Colorado Avalanche have dealt with some major injuries early in the season. Mikko Rantanen has only played in 10 games while Gabriel Landeskog, who is still sidelined, has been limited to 11 contests. Even with those two major offensive weapons often out of the lineup, Colorado is 16-8-2 with the second highest goals for total (97) in the league.
A big part of that is depth. Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky, and Joonas Donskoi each have at least 10 goals while those three plus Cale Makar each have at least 20 points. Another major factor is Nathan MacKinnon. He’s been the driving force of the Avalanche’s offense with 17 goals and 42 points in 26 games. That’s good for fourth place in the league behind only Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Brad Marchand.
Saturday was another big day for MacKinnon, who had three points to help the Avalanche in a 7-3 win against Chicago. Rantanen, who is also healthy now, contributed four points. Given how well the Avalanche have handled adversity so far this season, they certainly should be regarded as a major player going forward.
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NY RANGERS 4 NEW JERSEY 0
Alexandar Georgiev stopped all 33 shots to earn his first perfect game of the season. He has a 6-4-1 record, 3.08 GAA, and .912 save percentage in 11 contests.
Taylor Hall had four shots on Georgiev. Hall has just four goals on 89 shots this season for a 4.5% success rate. That’s well below his career average of 10.5%.
Mika Zibanejad scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives him six goals and 14 points in 12 contests.
Adam Fox netted the first and therefore game-winning goal. It was his fifth marker and 14th point in 25 games.
Mackenzie Blackwood saved 19 of 22 Rangers shots. He dropped to 8-7-3 with a 3.12 GAA and .898 save percentage in 18 contests.
PHILADELPHIA 4 MONTREAL 3 (OT)
Tomas Tatar scored a pair of goals for the Canadiens. He has nine goals and 24 points in 26 games in 2019-20.
Keith Kinkaid stopped 25 of 29 Flyers shots. He’s appeared in six games and has allowed at least three goals in each contest.
Travis Konecny scored a goal for Philadelphia. It was his ninth goal and 25th point in 27 contests.
Ivan Provorov netted the overtime winner. He has six goals and 17 points in 27 games.
Brian Elliott saved 39 of 42 shots on Saturday. He has a 7-2-2 record, 2.70 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 14 contests.
CALGARY 3 OTTAWA 1
Ottawa’s lone goal was scored by Jean-Gabriel Pageau. It was his 14th marker and 20th point in 27 games.
Elias Lindholm scored a pair of goals, including the game winner. He’s up to 14 goals and 21 points in 29 contests.
Dillon Dube accounted for the Flames’ other marker. He has two goals and points in seven games.
David Rittich stopped 26 of 27 Senators shots. He’s surrendered two or fewer goals in three of his last four starts.
At the other end of the ice, Marcus Hogberg saved 24 of 26 shots. It was his first start of 2019-20 and his fifth career NHL game.
TORONTO 2 BUFFALO 1 (OT)
Buffalo’s goal was scored by Rasmus Ristolainen. He has two goals and 10 points in 27 games.
Carter Hutton stopped 41 of 43 shots last night. He has a 6-5-3 record, 2.84 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 14 starts.
John Tavares scored the overtime winner and registered an assist. That gives him 10 goals and 20 points in 21 games.
William Nylander found the back of the net for Toronto. It was his 10th goal and 22nd point in 28 contests.
Frederik Andersen saved 29 of 30 Sabres shots. He has a 13-5-3 record, 2.47 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 21 starts.
WASHINGTON 5 DETROIT 2
Alex Ovechkin sort of led the charge with a hat trick and an assist. I say sort of because two of those three goals were scored on an empty net. Still, he’s up to 20 goals and 31 points in 28 games this season. That gives him 678 career goals, which is just eight away from Teemu Selanne and 11th place.
Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on three of Washington’s five goals. He has 11 markers and 28 points in 25 contests.
Ilya Samsonov stopped 25 of 27 Red Wings shots. He’s 6-2-1 with a 2.58 GAA and .914 save percentage in nine contests.
Jonathan Bernier saved 28 of 32 shots last night. He has a 5-7-2 record, 3.30 GAA, and .894 save percentage in 17 games.
Robby Fabbri scored a power-play goal for the Red Wings. He has six goals and 11 points in 21 contests.
CAROLINA 3 TAMPA BAY 2
James Reimer saved 36 of 38 Lightning shots. He’s on a three-game winning streak, though because he’s been used sparingly, that run stretches over two weeks.
Sebastian Aho scored a goal and registered an assist. He’s up to 13 goals and 22 points in 27 contests.
Jaccob Slavin also had a goal and an assist for Carolina. That gives him three goals and 16 points in 27 games.
Brayden Point netted a power-play goal in the third period. The Lightning forward has 10 goals and 20 points in 21 games.
Curtis McElhinney stopped 21 of 24 shots last night. He has a 3-2-2 record, 3.42 GAA, and .908 save percentage in seven starts.
FLORIDA 3 NASHVILLE 0
Chris Driedger posted a 27-save perfect game in his first career start. He did make three relief appearances prior to this contest.
Juuse Saros stopped 25 of 28 shots last night. He has a 3-6-2 record, 3.12 GAA, and .891 save percentage in 14 games.
Anton Stralman scored a pair of goals for the Panthers. He’s up to two goals and 10 points in 26 games.
Aleksander Barkov netted Florida’s other goal. It was his eighth marker and 31st point in 26 contests.
Filip Forsberg fired a team-high seven shots against Driedger. Forsberg has 10 goals on 80 shots this season.
NY ISLANDERS 2 COLUMBUS 0
Thomas Greiss started for the Islanders and saved nine shots in 14:06 minutes of play. However, he came to the bench and said he was feeling dizzy so he was taken out of the game. It’s believed that his symptoms were related to an illness. Semyon Varlamov stepped in and saved 30 shots to complete the shutout.
Nick Foligno gave the Islanders goaltenders the most work with a team-high six shots. He has four goals on 47 shots this season.
Mathew Barzal scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives him 10 goals and 22 points in 24 contests.
Anders Lee accounted for the game-winning goal. It was his sixth goal and 11th points in 24 games.
Elvis Merzlikins stopped 25 of 27 Islanders shots. He has a 0-3-3 record, 3.34 GAA, and .895 save percentage in seven contests.
SAN JOSE 4 ARIZONA 2
Logan Couture scored a pair of goals for the Sharks. He has eight goals and 28 points in 28 games.
Timo Meier netted the game-winning goal. It was his ninth goal and 18th point in 28 contests.
Martin Jones stopped 21 of 23 shots last night. He’s on a four-game winning streak and has allowed just seven goals over that span.
Derek Stepan scored a goal for the Coyotes. He’s up to five goals and 10 points in 28 games.
Antti Raanta saved 26 of 29 shots Saturday night. He has a 5-3-2 record, 2.66 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 10 starts.
ST. LOUIS 5 PITTSBURGH 2
Jaden Schwartz scored a goal and registered an assist for the Blues. He has seven goals and 20 points in 28 contests.
Ryan O'Reilly assisted on two of the Blues’ five goals. He has six goals and 26 points in 28 games.
Jordan Binnington stopped 29 of 31 shots on Saturday. He improved to 13-4-4 with a 2.26 GAA and .926 save percentage in 21 starts.
Sam Lafferty found the back of the net for the Penguins. It was his fourth goal and ninth point in 20 games.
Matt Murray kicked out 22 of 27 Blues shots. He’s allowed at least four goals in four consecutive starts.
COLORADO 7 CHICAGO 3
Joonas Donskoi scored two goals and registered two assists. He has 11 goals and 22 points in 26 contests.
Nathan MacKinnon netted a goal and recorded a pair of assists. That gives him 17 goals and 42 points in 26 games.
Mikko Rantanen also came up big for Colorado with a goal and three helpers. He has six goals and 16 points in 10 contests.
Philipp Grubauer saved 26 of 29 shots Saturday night. He has a 9-5-2 record, 2.86 GAA, and .911 save percentage in 16 starts.
LOS ANGELES 2 WINNIPEG 1
Laurent Brossoit stopped 32 of 34 Kings shots. He has a 3-3-0 record, 3.65 GAA, and .885 save percentage in eight contests.
Jack Roslovic found the back of the net for the Jets. He has six goals and 12 points in 27 games.
Nikolai Prokhorkin scored the game-winning goal. It was his third goal and fourth point in 10 contests.
Los Angeles’ other goal was scored by Joakim Ryan. He has a goal and an assist in 14 games.
Jack Campbell saved 33 of 34 shots Saturday night. He has a 4-4-1 record, 2.86 GAA, and .898 save percentage in nine starts.
VANCOUVER 5 EDMONTON 2
Tanner Pearson scored two goals and registered two assists for the Canucks. He’s up to seven goals and 17 points in 27 contests.
Bo Horvat assisted on three of Vancouver’s five goals. That gives him eight goals and 23 points in 27 games.
Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist for Edmonton. He has 19 goals and 49 points in 28 games.
Mike Smith stopped 33 of 38 Canucks shots. He’s 7-7-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .907 save percentage in 15 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Jacob Markstrom kicked out 28 of 30 shots. He’s won his last three starts.