Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri feels the “respect” of being named an NHL All-Star — The Denver Post

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Avalanche center Nazem Kadri is particularly proud of being named to his first NHL All-Star Game because he got in from the “last man in” fan vote on Tuesday, after the Central Division’s first 10 players were named last week by league officials. “This is why you play — to get some…

Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri feels the “respect” of being named an NHL All-Star — The Denver Post

Avalanche rallies past Seattle Kraken to claim fifth consecutive victory — The Denver Post

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar calls catchup hockey losing hockey. But lately, his team has had extraordinary success playing from behind. The slow-starting Avs on Monday night used another comeback to win its fifth consecutive game and extend its club-record home winning streak to 12 games. The losing goalie: Philipp Grubauer, who took more money to…

Avalanche rallies past Seattle Kraken to claim fifth consecutive victory — The Denver Post

AVALANCHE 5, MAPLE LEAFS 4 (OT)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (22-8-3 – 47 Points) at
COLORADO AVALANCHE (21-8-2 – 44 Points)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2022
1 2 3 OT FINAL
TORONTO 3 1 0 0 4
COLORADO 1 1 2 1 5

  • Alexander Kerfoot scored for Toronto at 7:54 of the first period. Kerfoot posted his sixth goal of the season. Kerfoot also registered the secondary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game as well as the primary assist on Matthews’ second goal of the game. Kerfoot has posted 18 assists this season.
    Kerfoot has recorded eight points (2G, 6A) through the last three games.
  • Auston Matthews scored his first goal of the game at 14:17 of the first period. Matthews scored his second goal of the game at 14:50 of the first period. Matthews posted his seventh multi-goal game of the season. Matthews has registered 22 goals this season.
  • Nick Ritchie scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 5:39 of the second period. Richie scored his second goal of the season.
  • Michael Bunting registered the primary assist on Kerfoot’s goal. Bunting recorded his 13th assist of the season.
  • Morgan Rielly posted the primary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game. Rielly posted his 24th assist of the season.
  • Jake Muzzin recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ second goal of the game. Muzzin posted his ninth assist of the season.
  • Wayne Simmonds posted the primary assist on Ritchie’s power play goal. Simmonds recorded his seventh assist of the season.
  • Ilya Mikheyev registered the secondary assist on Ritchie’s power play goal. Mikheyev posted his first assist of the season. Mikheyev is currently on a three-game point streak where he has posted four points (3G, 1A).
  • Jack Campbell stopped 44-of-49 shots in tonight’s overtime loss. Campbell recorded the second highest shots against total of his NHL career (49).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 10 (10) 10 (9) 5 (4) 2 (0) 27 (23)
    COLORADO 12 (8) 15 (12) 21 (14) 3 (0) 51 (34)
    ON THE ROAD AGAIN
  • The Maple Leafs are 8-4-2 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 33-40-10-3 in 86 games against the Colorado Avalanche and 14-18-6-2 in 40 games played in Colorado.
  • Toronto is 11-3-2 against the Western Conference this season and 4-1-2 against the Central Division this season.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 7 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 7 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 18 (Kämpf)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 79% (Tavares – 11 won, 3 lost)
    Hits 6 (Ritchie)
    Blocked Shots 4 (Muzzin)
    Takeaways 3 (Matthews)
    TOI 25:28 (Holl)
    Power Play TOI 1:15 (Nylander, Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 5:53 (Kämpf)
    RECORD WHEN…
  • The Maple Leafs were 1-for-1 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 16-2-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 13-1-1 when leading after one period and 17-0-1 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 8-4-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 6-2-2 in Saturday games.
    OF NOTE
  • The Maple Leafs are 3-3 in overtime decisions this season.
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews scored twice in a span of 33 seconds. It marks his 45th career multi-goal game, one shy of Alex Ovechkin (46) for the most among all players since the Maple Leafs forward entered the NHL in 2016-17.
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews’ two goal in a span of 33 seconds were the fastest by a Maple Leafs player since Mark Arcobello on Feb. 13, 2016 (0:17).
  • David Kämpf earned 18 face-off wins during tonight’s game, recording an NHL single-game career high.
  • Justin Holl recorded a season-high 25:28 in time on ice.
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    Jan. 11 Leafs at Vegas T-Mobile Arena 10:00 pm ET
    Jan. 12 Leafs at Arizona Gila River Arena 10:00 pm ET
    Jan. 15 Leafs at St. Louis Enterprise Center 7:00 pm ET
    Jan. 19 Leafs at New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 7:30 pm ET
    Jan. 22 Leafs at New York Islanders UBS Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Jan. 26 Leafs vs. Anaheim Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
    On what could have been done to secure tonight’s early lead:

    “Hard to say. I’m going to watch it back. There aren’t many teams in the league that could keep these guys below four these days. I think it’s tough, it’s tough to do that, especially with a short bench today and missing three very important forwards. Three guys that will be vital for us in protecting a lead like that and
    allowing us to use more of our bench. Three penalty killers as well. We had to kill four penalties today and we had one power play. Penalty kill did an outstanding job, but I take nothing but positive out of this game
    tonight. I know the way you give up the lead in the third and you end up losing in overtime… We tie the game here today, it’s a huge point for us, and all things considered, this team we’re playing tonight is
    rolling. It’s a tough building to play in. It’s probably the loudest building we’ve played in all year, so you come out of playing in front of no fans and then you’re into this. The response from our group to start the
    game I thought was outstanding, even though it took us a little bit to get our offence moving I just thought our guys worked, our structure was really good and even though the shot volume goes up throughout the
    game, I just don’t think we gave up much in terms of dangerous scoring chances when we did, Soupy was unbelievable with some of the saves he made. I thought our guys did what we asked of them today, would we liked to get two points? Absolutely. Should we have had two points? Absolutely, but that’s a
    very good team and to come out here on the road and get a point is huge for our group.”
    JACK CAMPBELL
    On tonight’s game:

    “It was a good game. Crowd was really loud, it was fun out there and I thought our guys competed really hard. If I play up to my standard, we win that game every time.”
    On Toronto’s penalty kill:
    “Yeah, it was huge for us. The guys in front of me did a great job. We had a bunch of big blocks in the first, and in the third again, and they have a great power play over there and I just thought our guys in
    front of me did the best job they could possibly do to go into overtime, big kill at the end of the game, unfortunately we didn’t get the second point.”
    AUSTON MATTHEWS
    On Jack Campbell’s play tonight:

    “First of all, I think Soup played unbelievable tonight honestly. I mean some of the saves he made tonight, one of them is going to be save of the year honestly so I think he did everything he could. That’s a really good team over there and obviously they aren’t going to go away, you saw that tonight, but Soup did
    everything he could. They make plays, they have some good players on their side and they kind of got the momentum going their way in the second half of the game and were able to tie it up but by no means do I think Jack Campbell didn’t play up to his standard tonight cause he was unbelievable for us just like
    he’s been unbelievable for us all year.”
    On starting the road trip with a point:
    “Yeah, it would have nice to get the second point but that’s a really good team over there, they are going to get their chances and I think they just were able to get the momentum on their side and able to score a couple goals and kind of get that shift over there, the crowd was really into it and they forced OT. I think
    the whole time we obviously expected a win and just a couple minor details that kind of slipped that they were able to capitalize on. Like I said, that’s a good team over there and I think we feel really strongly
    about ourselves as well. I think we did a lot of really good things but obviously were leaving a little bit disappointed not getting that second point.”
    ALEXANDER KERFOOT
    On starting the road trip with a point:
    “It is tough coming in here. We’re playing in front of no fans. I don’t know, the energy was high in that game, the crowd was into it. When they started pushing there in the third it was a lot of fun to be out there but I thought our start was good, all things considered. Got out to a lead, held it, the game flow kind of
    turned in their favour, they gave it to us pretty good there in the latter half of the game, we were on our
    heels a bit. But then we had pushed ourselves, Soupy was great all night keeping us in it and obviously it is disappointing giving up the lead and only giving up one point.”
    On playing on a line with Auston Matthews:
    “Yeah, that’s pretty self-explanatory. I think he’s obviously an elite player in this league and I think that anyone who gets to play with him is lucky to play with him. You’ve seen it all year and we see it every day.”

MAPLE LEAFS-AVALANCHE PREGAME NOTES



2021-22 Matchups vs. Colorado: Second of Two
2021-22 Record vs. Colorado: 1-0-0
Toronto Season Record: 22-8-2
Toronto Road Record: 8-4-1
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
January 7, 2022
Forwards Joey Anderson and Brett Seney have been assigned to the
Maple Leafs taxi squad from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
January 5, 2022
Forward Kyle Clifford has been assigned to the Maple Leafs taxi squad
from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
January 3, 2022
Defenceman Teemu Kivihalme has been reassigned to the Toronto
Marlies (AHL) from the Maple Leafs taxi squad
December 31, 2021
Defenceman Chad Krys has been reassigned to the Toronto Marlies
(AHL) from the Maple Leafs taxi squad

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 4 vs. Edmonton 2
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022
TOR Goals: Tavares, Brodie, Mikheyev, Kerfoot
EDM Goals: Perlini, Draisaitl
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 28/30, .933 SV%
EDM Goaltender: Smith, 29/32, .906 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-1

NEXT GAME
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Opponent: at Vegas Golden Knights
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

INJURY REPORT
Pierre Engvall Placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol
Mitch Marner Placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol
Ondrej Kaše Day-to-Day
ALL-TIME VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE:

First Matchup between Clubs: November 18, 1979 (Toronto 2 at Quebec Nordiques 4)
All-Time Record: 33-40-9-3 (85 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 19-22-4-1 (46 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 14-18-5-2 (39 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: November 23, 2019 (Toronto 5 at Colorado 3)
Record in Last Five Games: 3-2-0
Record in Last 10 Games: 5-4-1

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE:
Games Played: Jason Spezza (34), Wayne Simmonds (29), TJ Brodie (27)
Goals: Jason Spezza (7), Auston Matthews (7), Wayne Simmonds (6)
Assists: TJ Brodie (15), Jason Spezza (11), Wayne Simmonds (10)
Points: Jason Spezza (18), Wayne Simmonds (16), TJ Brodie (15)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (57), Jake Muzzin (16), David Kämpf (12)

2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .719 3.38 2.41 30.1% 83.0% 34.3 31.1 55.3%
Colorado .700 4.30 3.23 25.4% 73.9% 34.0 30.9 47.0%

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
Power Play: 28/93 (30.1%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 8 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 15 – Matthews (8G, 7A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 73/88 (83.0%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner, Holl, Mikheyev
Shorthanded Point Leader: 2 – Brodie (2A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

FAST FACTS
Saturday games 10th of 21 (9 home, 12 road)
Back-to-Backs played 5 of 11
Record in first game of back-to-back 2-2-1
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-3-0
January games 3rd of 10 (3 home, 7 road)
RECENT MILESTONES

TJ Brodie Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
TJ Brodie Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 14, 2021 at EDM
Jack Campbell Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16, 2021 vs. NSH
Pierre Engvall Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
Ondrej Kaše Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
Ondrej Kaše Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
Alexander Kerfoot Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26, 2021 at SJS
Alexander Kerfoot Recorded his 100th career NHL assist, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
Auston Matthews Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25, 2021 at CAR
Morgan Rielly Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27, 2021 at CHI
Morgan Rielly Skated in his 600th career NHL game, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
Wayne Simmonds Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16, 2021 vs. OTT
Jason Spezza Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28, 2021 at ANA
John Tavares Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18, 2021 vs. NYR
John Tavares Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13, 2021 at BUF
John Tavares Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT

UPCOMING MILESTONES
TJ Brodie Nine points away from 300 career NHL points
David Kämpf Three assists away from 50 career NHL assists
Ilya Mikheyev Four games away from 100 career NHL games played
William Nylander Two points away from 300 career NHL points
2021-22 TEAM LEADERS
CATEGORY LEADER CATEGORY LEADER
GOALS 20 – Matthews BLOCKED SHOTS 45 – Holl
ASSISTS 23 – Rielly TAKEAWAYS 32 – Nylander
POINTS 35 – Nylander (15G, 20A) HITS 66 – Muzzin
POWER PLAY POINTS 15 – Matthews (8G, 7A) TOI PER GAME 23:56 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 2 – Brodie (2A) PP TOI PER GAME 3:05 – Marner
PIMs 40 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:34 – Muzzin
SHOTS 127 – Matthews WINS 17 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 61.9% – Nylander GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 1.87 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 58.17% – Matthews SAVE PERCENTAGE .939 – Campbell

RECORD BY MONTH
OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY
HOME 3-1-1 6-2-0 3-1-0 2-0-0 0-0-0
AWAY 1-3-0 6-0-0 1-1-1 0-0-0 0-0-0
TOTAL 4-4-1 12-2-0 4-2-1 2-0-0 0-0-0
MARCH APRIL
HOME 0-0-0 0-0-0
AWAY 0-0-0 0-0-0
TOTAL 0-0-0 0-0-0

RECORD BY DAY
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
2-1-0 0-2-1 4-0-0 6-0-0 2-2-0 2-1-0 6-2-1
SEASON SERIES RECORDS
2021-22 GAME HIGHS
TEAM RECORD TEAM RECORD
Anaheim Ducks 1-0-0 Nashville Predators 1-0-0
Arizona Coyotes 0-0-0 New Jersey Devils 0-0-0
Boston Bruins 1-0-0 New York Islanders 1-0-0
Buffalo Sabres 1-0-0 New York Rangers 1-0-1
Calgary Flames 1-0-0 Ottawa Senators 2-1-0
Carolina Hurricanes 0-1-0 Philadelphia Flyers 1-0-0
Chicago Blackhawks 2-0-0 Pittsburgh Penguins 0-2-0
Colorado Avalanche 1-0-0 San Jose Sharks 1-1-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0-0 Seattle Kraken 0-0-0
Dallas Stars 0-0-0 St. Louis Blues 0-0-0
Detroit Red Wings 1-0-0 Tampa Bay Lightning 1-1-0
Edmonton Oilers 2-0-0 Vancouver Canucks 0-0-0
Florida Panthers 0-0-0 Vegas Golden Knights 1-0-0
Los Angeles Kings 1-1-0 Washington Capitals 0-0-0
Minnesota Wild 0-0-1 Winnipeg Jets 0-1-0
Montréal Canadiens 1-0-0
CATEGORY HOME ROAD
Most Goals, Game 3 – Matthews, Dec. 1 vs. COL
2 – Nylander, Nov. 10 at PHI – Marner, Nov. 21
at NYI – Spezza, Dec. 4 at MIN – Matthews,
Dec. 14 at EDM
Most Assists, Game 4 – Rielly, Dec. 7 vs. CBJ
3 – Sandin, Nov. 24 at LAK – Rielly, Dec. 4 at
MIN
Most Points, Game
4 – Marner, Nov. 6 vs. BOS, (1G, 3A) – Rielly,
Dec. 7 vs. CBJ (4A)
3 – Sandin, Nov. 24 at LAK (3A) – Rielly, Dec. 4
at MIN (3A)
Most Shots, Game
8 – Matthews, Oct. 18 vs. NYR, Nov. 12 vs.
CGY, Dec. 1 vs. COL
8 – Nylander, Nov. 26 at SJS – Matthews, Dec.
4 at MIN
Time On Ice, Game 26:23 – Rielly, Nov. 20 vs. PIT 26:55 – Rielly, Dec. 4 at MIN
Most Saves, Game 42 – Campbell, Nov. 6 vs. BOS 39 – Campbell, Nov. 28 at ANA
CATEGORY GAME PERIOD
Most Goals, For 8 – Dec. 1 vs. COL 4 – 2nd, Nov. 24 at LAK
Most Goals, Against 7 – Oct. 23 at PIT 4 – 2nd, Oct. 23 at PIT, 2nd, Dec. 5 at WPG
Most Shots, For 48 – Oct. 14 at OTT 25 – 3rd, Oct. 14 at OTT
Most Shots, Against 44 – Nov. 6 vs. BOS 23 – 3rd, Nov. 6 vs. BOS
Fewest Shots, For 25 – Oct. 25 at CAR, Dec. 14 at EDM 3 – 3rd, Oct. 23 at PIT, 2nd, Dec. 11 vs. CHI
Fewest Shots, Against 20 – Nov. 21 at NYI 2 – 2nd, Oct. 18 vs. NY

AVALANCHE NOTES

CURRENT INJURIES
J. Johnson (lower body)
MacDonald (upper body)
Matteau (lower body)
Nichushkin (upper body)
Games Lost: 160

UPCOMING GAMES (times MT)
Date Opponent Time TV Radio
Sat, Jan. 8 TORONTO 5 p.m. Altitude, CBC, NHLN 92.5
Mon, Jan. 10 SEATTLE 7 p.m. Altitude 92.5
Tue, Jan. 11 at Nashville 6 p.m. Altitude 2 92.5
LAST GAME — Jan. 6 (Colorado 7, Winnipeg 1 at Ball Arena)
Gabriel Landeskog recorded a hat trick and an assist, Nathan MacKinnon had five points (1g/4a) and fellow linemate Mikko Rantanen added a goal and
two helpers as the Avalanche beat the Jets, 7-1, at Ball Arena … Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots for his seventh consecutive victory as Colorado tied a
franchise record with its 10th straight home win.
SF: 42 SA: 35 PP: 3-4 PK: 4-5

NOTES
• Colorado tied a franchise record with its 10th straight home win.
• The Avs scored seven goals for the seventh different time this season … It’s the most seven-goal games within the first 30 contests of a season since
the 1995-96 Penguins (9).
• The Avs have won three straight, are 8-1-0 in their last nine games, 9-1-1 in their last 11 and 16-3-1 in their last 20
• Kuemper won his seventh consecutive start (2.28 GAA, .929 Sv%), matching his career-long winning streak set Feb. 16–March 2, 2019 … It was
his ninth consecutive win at home, tied for the second longest home winning streak in franchise history.
• Kuemper is 12-1-0 in his last 14 appearances (2.51 GAA, .915 Sv%)
• MacKinnon tied his career high with five points (third time, last: March 2, 2018 vs Minnesota).
• MacKinnon extended his point streak to 12 games (3g/20a), longest active streak in the NHL and fourth longest this season … It’s his fifth career
streak of at least 10 games, fourth-most in franchise history behind Joe Sakic (10), Peter Stastny (10) and Michel Goulet (7)
• Landeskog notched his fourth career hat trick and first since Oct. 18, 2018 at New Jersey … It’s the fifth-most hat tricks by an Avalanche player
since the franchise relocated, trailing only Joe Sakic (10), Peter Forsberg (7), Milan Hejduk (5) and Valeri Kamensky (5).
• Landeskog’s effort was the Avalanche’s third hat trick of the season, tied for the second most of any team behind only Pittsburgh (4).
• Landeskog has points in each of his last 13 appearances (7g/12a) **not an official point streak as he missed three games during this stretch
• MacKinnon, Landeskog, Rantanen each recorded three-plus points in the same game for the sixth time … Only one active trio has done so more:
Boston’s David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron (7x) … Only one trio in Avalanche/Nordiques history has recorded more such instances:
Peter Stastny, Anton Stastny and Michel Goulet (11x).
• Nazem Kadri has points in 20 of his last 21 games (11g/27a), including each of his last 10 appearances (5g/12a).
• The Avs tied a season high with three power-play goals
• Bowen Byram’s goal was his fifth of the season, tops among NHL rookie defensemen.
TONIGHT
COLORADO vs. TORONTO
5:15 p.m.
Altitude, CBC, NHLN / 92.5

The Avalanche continues their three-game homestand tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Ball Arena … The Avs, who opened the home stay
with a 7-1 win over Winnipeg on Thursday, will host Seattle on Monday to wrap up the homestand … Colorado has won 10 straight at Ball Arena,
matching its longest home winning streak in franchise history … The Avs are 8-1-0 in their last nine games, 9-1-1 in their last 11, 16-3-1 in their last 20
and 18-4-2 in their last 24 …. Colorado’s 16-3-1 (.825) mark since Nov. 11 is the best in the NHL
BEST SINCE NOV. 11
COL 16-3-1 .825
TOR 14-3-1 .806
PIT 16-5-1 .750
TBL 17-5-2 .750
HOME COOKING

Colorado has won 10 straight home games, matching its longest home winning streak in franchise history … It’s the second-longest streak in the NHL
this season, one behind Florida’s 11-game run … The Avs are 11-0-1 in their last 12 at Ball Arena and 28-2-2 in their last 32 home dates going back to
March 10, 2021 (32-3-2 including playoffs).
Colorado Avalanche: Media Notes
HOME WINNING STREAKS FRANCHISE HISTORY
10 Dec. 29, 2017–Feb. 14, 2018
10 Mar. 6–April 16, 1995
10 Nov. 26, 1983–Jan. 10, 1984
10 Nov. 11, 2021 – present
HOME WINNING STREAKS BY A GOALIE, FRANCHISE HISTORY
10 Jonathan Bernier Dec. 31, 2017–April 7, 2018
9 Darcy Kuemper Oct. 30, 2021 – present
9 Dan Bouchard Nov. 26, 1983–Jan. 10, 1984
GETTING OFFENSIVE
The Avs are the highest scoring team in the league, averaging 4.30 goals per game … Colorado’s 130 goals (including shootout-deciding tallies) are its
second-most through 30 games since relocating to Denver, trailing only the 1995-96 squad (134) … Over the last 25 years, only one NHL team has
scored more goals through its first 30 games, the 2005-06 Senators (132) … Six different Avalanche players have 10+ goals this year, the most doubledigit scorers of any club … The Avs have scored seven goals on seven different occasions this season, by far the most of any team (next closest is
Tampa Bay with three) … It’s the most seven-goal efforts within the first 30 games of a season since the 1995-96 Penguins (nine) … Only one Avalanche
team had more games with seven+ goals in a single season, 1995-96 (11) … Colorado also leads all clubs this year in six-goal outings (nine)
MOST GOALS IN FIRST 30
GAMES OF A SEASON

(last 25 years since 1996-97)
132 2005-06 Senators
130 2021-22 Avalanche
124 2006-07 Sabres
MOST 7-GOAL GAMES IN FIRST
30 GAMES OF A SEASON
(last 30 years since 1991-92)
9 1995-96 PIT
7 2021-22 COL
7 1991-92 PIT
7 1992-93 PIT
MACK ATTACK
Nathan MacKinnon leads the NHL in points/game at 1.65 … MacKinnon’s 33 points are a career-high through 20 games of a season and
the most through a player’s first 20 games in Avalanche history (previous: 32 by Mikko Rantanen in 2018-19 and Peter Forsberg in 2003-04) …
MacKinnon now has 593 points in 593 career games, 662 in 643 games including playoffs.
POINTS/GAME LEADERS
1.65 Nathan MacKinnon
1.61 Connor McDavid
1.56 Leon Draisaitl
1.56 Nazem Kadri
1.50 Nikita Kucherov
KADRI MAN CAN

Nazem Kadri leads the Avalanche and ranks fifth in NHL scoring with 42 points (12g/30a) in 27 games … He is tied for third in the league in assists (30),
which matches his single-season career high set in 2013-14 with Toronto
ALL HAIL CALE
Cale Makar leads all NHL defensemen with a career-high 14 goals … His 14 goals were the fourth most by a defenseman through his first 25 games of a
season in the modern era (since 1943-44), trailing only Dave Ellett (15 in 1988-89) and Bobby Orr (15 in both 1974-75 and 1973-74) … Makar has 122
career points (34g/88a) in 127 NHL contests, the third-most ever by a defenseman through 127 games behind only Harry Cameron (137) and Mark
Howe (136) … Makar’s 0.96 points/game average is the sixth-highest by a rearguard in league history.
HOW D-LIGHTFUL
Colorado’s defensemen have scored a league-high 33 goals and also lead all teams in points (104) … The blueline’s 33 goals are more than their total
(26) from all of last season in 56 games
TOEWS-ER SHARP
Devon Toews, who is one shy of 100 career points, leads all NHL defensemen in points/game (1.16) and plus/minus rating (+22) … Toews is +51 over
the past two seasons, the highest mark of any NHL player … The Avs are 15-3-1 with Toews in the lineup this year and 52-16-4 since he joined
Colorado.
POINTS/GAME, DEFENSEMAN (10 GP)
1.16 Devon Toews
1.13 Drew Doughty
1.08 Cale Makar
1.00 Adam Fox
1.00 Victor Hedman
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Erik Johnson on Tuesday night in Chicago passed Steven Finn for sole possession of the second most games played by a defenseman in franchise
history with 606 … He now trails only Adam Foote (967) on that list … Johnson has 228 points (65g/163a) with Colorado, ranking fourth in goals, fifth in
points and assists among franchise blueliners.
SOLID START
The Avalanche’s 20-8-2 record ranks among their best starts since relocating to Denver

Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon touts NHL-leading points streak despite scoring slump — The Denver Post

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LEAFS 8, AVALANCHE 3: NOTES, QUOTES

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (17-6-1 – 35 Points) vs.
COLORADO AVALANCHE (11-7-1 – 23 Points)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021
1 2 3 FINAL
COLORADO 1 1 1 3
TORONTO 3 2 3 8
GAME SUMMARY
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ON THE SCORESHEET

  • William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs at 4:31 of the first period posting his 10th goal of the season. Nylander also recorded the primary assist on Dermott’s goal registering his 13th assist of the
    season. Nylander has posted seven points through the last four games (3G, 4A).
  • Jason Spezza scored for Toronto at 7:57 of the first period. Spezza recorded his fifth goal of the season.
  • Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 14:24 of the first period, 0:44 of the third period and 8:41 of the third period. Matthews posted his fourth career NHL hat trick. Matthews has scored in four consecutive games.
  • Travis Dermott scored for the Maple Leafs at 12:44 of the second period. Dermott scored his first goal of the season.
  • John Tavares scored for Toronto at 16:28 of the second period. Tavares recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s goal as well as the secondary assist on Dermott’s goal. Tavares has posted nine points (3G, 6A) through the last four games.
  • Pierre Engvall scored for the Maple Leafs at 10:08 of the third period. Engvall recorded his 3rd goal of the season. Engvall has registered a point in back-to-back games (1G, 1A).
  • Alex Kerfoot posted the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal and the primary assist on Tavares’ goal. Kerfoot has recorded a multi-point outing in back-to-back games (1G, 3A).
  • Nick Ritchie registered the primary assist on Spezza’s goal. Ritchie posted his fifth assist of the season.
  • Wayne Simmonds registered the secondary assist on Spezza’s goal. Simmonds recorded his sixth assist of the season. Simmonds is currently on a three-game point streak (2G, 1A).
  • Mitch Marner posted the primary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game as well as Matthews’ second goal of the game. Marner has registered four assists through the last three games.
  • Michael Bunting registered the secondary assist on Matthews’ first and second goals of the game as well as the primary assist on Engvall’s goal. Bunting posted a single-game career-high three assists.
    Bunting is currently on a five-game point streak where he has recorded nine points (2G, 7A).
  • TJ Brodie registered the secondary assist on Tavares’ goal. Brodie posted his fifth assist of the season.
  • Jake Muzzin recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ third goal of the game. Muzzin registered his seventh assist of the season.
  • Morgan Rielly posted the secondary assist on Engvall’s goal. Rielly recorded his 12th assist of the season.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    COLORADO 11 (11) 12 (7) 8 (7) 31 (25)
    TORONTO 13 (12) 11 (10) 17 (15) 41 (37)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    COLORADO 18 (18) 24 (18) 18 (16) 60 (52)
    TORONTO 27 (22) 15 (12) 19 (17) 61 (51)

    ON HOME ICE
  • The Maple Leafs are 10-3-1 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 33-40-9-3 in 85 games against the Colorado Avalanche and 19-22-4-1 in
    46 games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 8-2-0 against the Western Conference this season and 3-0-0 against the Central Division
    this season.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 8 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 12 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 12 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Nylander – 2 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 3 (Holl, Ritchie)
    Blocked Shots 4 (Muzzin)
    Takeaways 2 (Marner, Simmonds, Rielly)
    TOI 25:23 (Muzzin)
    Power Play TOI 2:20 (Matthews, Rielly)
    Shorthanded TOI 3:02 (Muzzin)
    Shifts 29 (Muzzin)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 62.16% (Rielly – 23 for, 14 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • RECORD WHEN…
  • Toronto is 12-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 9-1-0 when leading after one period and 13-0-0 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 11-3-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 5-0-0 in Wednesday games.
    OF NOTE…
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Morgan Rielly finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.16 percent
    (23 for, 14 against).
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    Dec. 4 Leafs at Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 5 Leafs at Winnipeg Canada Life Centre 8:00 pm ET
    Dec. 7 Leafs vs. Columbus Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 9 Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 11 Leafs vs. Chicago Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 14 Leafs at Edmonton Rogers Place 9:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

    On the importance of a strong start coming off the western road trip:
    Sheldon Keefe: “I liked our start for sure. We thought we needed to start quickly in the game and
    obviously playing with the lead is important, always, but especially against this team so to build the lead
    that we did was great to see. I thought we moved the puck really well in that first period which gave us a
    chance to get after it and get a chance to attack the net so it was nice to get that lead to start quick.”
    JOHN TAVARES
    On tonight’s win:
    John Tavares: “They’re a great hockey team, they’ve got a lot of depth and tremendous amount of highend talent so just thought we had good preparation coming in, good mindset and liked the way we came
    out. We had good energy, especially coming off of the west coast trip. Sometimes that jet leg can linger
    around and especially since we had some good success coming in with the right attitude and re-focusing.
    I don’t think we loved our second period but I think a good sign that we withheld their push and got the
    lead back and then came out with a great effort in the third and increased it obviously with some great
    plays and some finishes throughout the lineup. Good team win and we’ll build on it and get ready for the
    back-to-back.”
    AUSTON MATTHEWS
    On the team having a good response after Colorado scoring twice in the second period:
    Auston Matthews: “I think that is something we’ve done really well this year. You know when momentum
    shifts to the other side and kind of gets rolling around in our end we just don’t panic. We just try to find our
    way back and get the momentum back on our side. It helps when our goaltender makes some big saves
    and guys just go out there and win their shift and get things going in their end.”
    JACK CAMPBELL
    On tonight’s win:
    Jack Campbell: “Yeah they are a really good team over there. They are super good offensively, they’ve
    got a lot of great players. I just thought we came out and continued playing how we’ve been playing for a
    while now and just stuck to the game plan. We had everyone contributing and it was a great win.

AVALANCHE-MAPLE LEAFS pregame notes


2021-22 Matchups vs. Colorado: First of Two
2020-21 Record vs. Colorado: N/A
Next Game vs. Colorado: Saturday, January 8 at Colorado
Toronto Season Record: 16-6-1
Toronto Home Record: 9-3-1
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: TSN 1050

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
November 29, 2021
Forward Joey Anderson has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies
(AHL)
November 29, 2021 Forward Kirill Semyonov has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 5 at Anaheim 1
Date: Sunday, November 28, 2021
TOR Goals: Matthews, Bunting, Kerfoot, Nylander, Simmonds
ANA Goals: Lindholm
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 39/40, .975 SV%
ANA Goaltender: Gibson, 26/30, .867 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-1
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-1

NEXT GAME
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Opponent: at Minnesota Wild
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)

INJURY REPORT
Ondrej Kaše Upper Body
Petr Mrázek (Groin) *On Injured Reserve
Ilya Mikheyev (Thumb) *On Injured Reserve
Man Games Lost: 43

ALL-TIME VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE:
First Matchup between Clubs: November 18, 1979 (Toronto 2 at Quebec Nordiques 4)
All-Time Record: 32-40-9-3 (84 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 18-22-4-1 (45 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 14-18-5-2 (39 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: November 17, 2015 (Toronto 5 vs. Colorado 1)
Record in Last Five Games: 2-3-0
Record in Last 10 Games: 5-4-1

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE:
Games Played: Jason Spezza (33), Kyle Clifford (30), Wayne Simmonds (28)
Goals: Jason Spezza (6), Wayne Simmonds (6), Kyle Clifford (6)
Assists: TJ Brodie (14), Jason Spezza (11), Wayne Simmonds (9)
Points: Jason Spezza (17), Wayne Simmonds (15), TJ Brodie (14)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (57), Kyle Clifford (18), Jake Muzzin (16)

2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .717 2.87 2.13 24.2% 86.7% 33.8 30.4 55.0%
Colorado .639 4.00 3.11 21.9% 75.5% 33.1 29.9 47.8%

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
Power Play: 15/62 (24.2%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 4 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 8 – Nylander (3G, 5A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 52/60 (86.7%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

FAST FACTS
Wednesday games 5th of 12 (7 home, 5 road)
Back-to-Backs played 4 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 2-2-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-2-0
December games 1st of 13 (6 home, 7 road)
RECENT MILESTONES

TJ BRODIE Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
JACK CAMPBELL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16 vs. NSH
JACK CAMPBELL Recorded his 50th career NHL win, Nov. 18 vs. NYR
PIERRE ENGVALL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
ONDREJ KAŠE Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
ALEXANDER KERFOOT Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26 at SJS
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25 at CAR. Per NHL Stats,
Matthews required the second-fewest games to reach 200 goals in Maple
Leafs history among players who debuted with the team, trailing only
Charlie Conacher (317 games)
MORGAN RIELLY Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27 at CHI
WAYNE SIMMONDS Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16 vs. OTT
JASON SPEZZA Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28 at ANA
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18 vs. NYR
JOHN TAVARES Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13 at BUF

UPCOMING MILESTONES
TJ BRODIE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
MICHAEL BUNTING One game away from 50 career NHL games played
TRAVIS DERMOTT Two points away from 50 career NHL points
JUSTIN HOLL Nine points away from 50 career NHL points
ONDREJ KAŠE Two goals away from 50 career NHL goals
DAVID KÄMPF Five assists away from 50 career NHL assists
ILYA MIKHEYEV Seven games away from 100 career NHL games played
MORGAN RIELLY Five games away from 600 career NHL games played
JOHN TAVARES Eight games away from 900 career NHL games played
HOW THE MAPLE LEAFS WERE BUILT

Draft (9) Free Agent (11) Trade (5)
2018 – Sandin (29th overall) 2021 – Kaše (July 31) 2021 – Clifford (Nov. 16)
2017 – Liljegren (17th overall) 2021 – Ritchie (July 31) 2020 – Anderson (Oct. 10)
2016 – Matthews (1st overall) 2021 – Bunting (July 28) 2020 – Campbell (Feb. 5)
2016 – Woll (62nd overall) 2021 – Kämpf (July 28) 2019 – Kerfoot (July 1)
2015 – Marner (4th overall) 2021 – Mrázek (July 28) 2019 – Muzzin (Jan. 28)
2015 – Dermott (34th overall) 2020 – Brodie (October 9)
2014 – Engvall (188th overall) 2020 – Simmonds (October 9)
2014 – Nylander (8th overall) 2019 – Spezza (July 1)
2012 – Rielly (5th overall) 2019 – Mikheyev (May 6)
2018 – Tavares (July 1)
2016 – Holl (July 2)

2021-22 TEAM LEADERS

CATEGORY LEADER CATEGORY LEADER

GOALS 10 – Tavares, Matthews BLOCKED SHOTS 36 – Holl
ASSISTS 13 – Marner TAKEAWAYS 25 – Marner
POINTS 22 – Tavares (10G, 12A) HITS 57 – Ritchie
POWER PLAY POINTS 8 – Nylander (3G, 5A) TOI PER GAME 24:09 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A) PP TOI PER GAME 3:03 – Nylander, Marner
PIMs 19 – Ritchie SH TOI PER GAME 2:32 – Muzzin
SHOTS 85 – Matthews WINS 12 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 60.0% – Marner GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 1.64 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 57.5% – Sandin SAVE PERCENTAGE .946 – Campbell

RECORD BY MONTH
OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY
HOME 3-1-1 6-2-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
AWAY 1-3-0 6-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
TOTAL 4-4-1 12-2-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
MARCH APRIL
HOME 0-0-0 0-0-0
AWAY 0-0-0 0-0-0
TOTAL 0-0-0 0-0-0

RECORD BY DAY
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
2-0-0 0-2-1 2-0-0 4-0-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 4-2-0

AVALANCHE NOTES

UPCOMING GAMES (times MT)
Date Opponent Time TV Radio
Wed, Dec. 1 at Toronto 5:30 p.m. Altitude 950 AM
Thu, Dec. 2 at Montreal 5 p.m. Altitude 92.5
Sat, Dec. 4 at Ottawa 5 p.m. Altitude 92.5
Mon, Dec, 6 at Philadelphia 5 p.m. Altitude 92.5
Wed, Dec, 8 at NY Rangers 5 p.m. Altitude 2 92.5
LAST GAME (Colorado 6, Nashville 2)
Mikko Rantanen had a hat trick and one assist to lead the Avalanche to a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators at Ball Arena … Valeri Nichushkin and
Tyson Jost had the other goals for Colorado, and Cale Makar notched three assists … Nazem Kadri, Gabriel Landeskog and Devon Toews added two
helpers apiece and Jonas Johansson made 26 saves.
SF: 35 SA: 28 PP: 2-4 PK: 2-2
NOTING LAST GAME
• The Avalanche finished with their highest points percentage ever in a single November (.750, 7-2-1) … The previous mark was held by the 1995-96
and 1996-97 teams, who were both 8-2-3 for a .731 points percentage in November.
• The Avalanche averaged 4.90 goals-a-game in November, the highest ever by an Avalanche team in a single month … The previous mark was 4.69
in November 1995
• Colorado’s last five home games featured goal totals of 7, 6, 7, 5, 6 for 31 goals … This is the fourth time in franchise history—and first time since
relocating to Colorado—that the club has scored at least five goals in five consecutive home games.
• The Avs are 7-1-0 in their last eight games and 9-2-1 in their last 12 after starting the year 2-4-0 in their first six.
• Colorado has won five straight at home and is 6-0-1 in its last seven at Ball Arena … The Avs are 23-2-2 in their last 27 home games dating back
to March 10, 2021 (27-3-2 including playoffs).
• Rantanen tallied his third career hat trick (also Jan 4, 2020 at New Jersey and Feb. 7, 2017 vs Montreal).
• Rantanen’s four points equaled a personal best for the 10th time.
• Rantanen scored twice on the power play, both in the first period, the first Avalanche player to score two PPG in a single period since Dec. 31, 2017
(Gabriel Landeskog vs. NY Islanders).
• Byram’s goal was his fourth of the season, which leads all rookie defenseman despite him playing only 12 games.
• Makar saw his five-game goal streak end but did extend his point streak to six games, a new career high.
• Makar finished with 14 points (7g/7a) in eight November games, the first NHL defenseman to average 1.75 points/game in a single month (min 8 GP)
since Ray Bourque (1.80) in March 1994.
• Kadri finished with a team-best 21 points (4g/17a) in 10 November games, becoming only the second player in Avalanche history to average two
points-per-game in a single month (Joe Sakic, March 2000).
TONIGHT’S GAME
COLORADO @ TORONTO
7:42 p.m. ET / 5:42 p.m. MT
Sportsnet, Altitude / 950 AM
TV: Chris Cuthbert, Craig Simpson, Shawn McKenzie (Sportsnet). Marc Moser, Peter McNab (Altitude) / Radio: Conor McGahey
The Avalanche begins a season-long, five-game road trip tonight in Toronto against the Maple Leafs … This is Colorado’s first visit to Toronto since Dec.
4, 2019 (3-1 Avs win) … This five-game trip will include stops in Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia and Manhattan … Tonight is the first half of a back-to-back for the Avs, who will play in Montreal tomorrow night.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Tonight is the Avalanche’s 1,000th regular-season road game since relocating to Denver in 1995.
• Cale Makar, the NHL’s Third Star in each of the last two weeks, has a career-long six-game point streak.
• Devon Toews has a four-game assist/point streak, one shy of his career best (five, Feb. 14-23, 2019)
• Nazem Kadri needs two goals to reach 200 for his NHL career.
• Erik Johnson needs one goal to pass Rob Blake (62) for fourth among franchise defensemen.
BACK-TO-BACK

The Avalanche are playing their second consecutive back-to-back as they split games at Dallas (L, 1-3) and at home against Nashville (W, 6-2) last
weekend … Colorado will play 11 back-to-back sets in 2021-22 … The Avalanche went a combined 16-1-3 in their back-to-back games last season, 9-1-
0 in the first contest and 7-0-3 in the second.
Colorado Avalanche: Media Notes
STAR STRUCK
Cale Makar has been named the NHL’s Third Star in each of the last two weeks, Nov. 15-21 and again Nov. 22-28 … He becomes only the second
Avalanche player to ever be named one of the weekly stars in consecutive weeks, joining Pavel Francouz in February 2020.
NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
The Avalanche finished 7-2-1 (.750) in November, posting their highest points percentage ever in a single November … The previous mark was held by
the 1995-96 and 1996-97 teams, who were both 8-2-3 (.731) in that month … Nazem Kadri led the team with 21 points (4g/17a) in 10 November games,
becoming only the second player in Avalanche history to average two points-per-game in a single month (min 10 GP) … Joe Sakic had 26 points in
13 contests (2.00) in March 2000 … Kadri’s 21 points were a career high for a single month, besting his 18 in March of 2013 with Toronto … Cale Makar
had seven goals and 14 points in eight November games, with his seven goals tying a franchise record for a defenseman in a single month and his 1.75
points-per-game average being the highest by an NHL defenseman in any month since Ray Bourque (1.80) in March 1994 with Boston.
ALL HAIL CALE

As of Tuesday, Cale Makar was leading all NHL defensemen in goals (9) and points-per-game (1.25) while ranking third in points (20-tied) … Makar has
reached the 20-point mark faster than any blueliner in franchise history (18 team games) … Jeff Brown (1988-89) and Steve Duchesne (1992-93) both
hit 20 in Quebec’s 19th contest … Seven of Makar’s nine goals came in November, tying the franchise record for goals by a defenseman in a single
month … His 1.75 points-per-game average in November was the highest by an NHL defenseman in any month (min 8 GP) since Ray Bourque (1.80) in
March 1994 with Boston … Makar scored in five straight games from Nov. 17-26, setting a new franchise record for the longest goal streak by a
defenseman … He was only the second NHL blueliner over the last 10 years to score in five straight (Roman Josi, Dec 16-23, 2019).
LONGEST GOAL STREAK BY COL/QUE DEFENSEMAN
5 – Cale Makar, Nov. 17-26
4 – Sandis Ozolinsh, Nov. 13-20, 1996
4 – Erik Johnson, Dec. 20-27, 2014
GOALS BY COL/QUE DEFENSEMAN, MONTH
7 – Cale Makar, Nov. 2021
7 – Cale Makar, Nov. 2019
7 – Rob Blake, Mar. 2003
7 – Ray Bourque, Mar. 2000
7 – Sandis Ozolinsh, Dec. 1999
THE KADRI MAN CAN
Nazem Kadri leads the Avalanche with 27 points (7g/20a) in 18 games, tied for fourth in the NHL as of Tuesday … His 20 assists were tied for second in
the league … Naz has points in 11 of his last 12 games (5g/17a), which included a 10-game point streak … Kadri’s 27 points this season are tied for the
third-highest total through 18 team games in Avalanche history, behind onl
y Mikko Rantanen (29 in 2018-19) and Peter Forsberg (28 in 1995-96).
GETTING OFFENSIVE
The Avs are averaging 4.00 goals-per-game, the only NHL team to average over four goals a game (as of Tuesday) … The Avalanche averaged 4.90
goals-a-game in November, the highest ever by an Avalanche team in a single month … The previous mark was 4.69 in November 1995 … The Avs
scored 36 goals during their recent six-game win streak, equaling the most over a six-game stretch in Avalanche history (Dec. 3-13, 1995) … Colorado
scored seven goals in consecutive games, Nov. 19-22, the first Avalanche team to ever accomplish that feat … The Avs are the only NHL team to score
seven goals on three different occasions in 2021-22.
D-LIGHTFUL
Colorado’s defensemen have combined for 20 goals, the most of any team … The blueline’s 61 points were also leading all teams as of Tuesday.
AN AVALANCHE OF WINS
With a 5-2 victory over Anaheim on Nov 24, Jared Bednar became the winningest coach in Avalanche history with 194 regular season wins … He
surpassed Bob Hartley, who won 193 contests …. Bednar, who agreed to a two-year contract extension on Nov. 19, owns a 195-155-40 (.551) career
record in six seasons behind the bench, which includes a 173-99-36 (.620) mark and four straight playoff appearances since 2017-18 … Overall,
Bednar’s 195 wins and 390 games trail only Michel Bergeron (265 wins, 634 games) in franchise annals … Hired on Aug. 25, 2016, Bednar is the fifthlongest tenured coach in the NHL behind Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper (March 25, 2013), Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice (Jan. 12, 2014), Detroit’s Jeff Blashill
(June 9, 2015) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Sullivan (Dec. 12, 2015).
MOST COACHING WINS
AVALANCHE HISTORY
195 – Jared Bednar
193 – Bob Hartley
135 – Marc Crawford
131 – Joel Quenneville
MOST COACHING WINS
FRANCHISE HISTORY
265 – Michel Bergeron
195 – Jared Bednar
193 – Bob Hartley
165 – Marc Crawford
AVALANCHE & MAPLE LEAFS

Tonight is Colorado’s first visit to Toronto since Dec. 4, 2019 (3-1 win) … The Avs have won four straight here at the Air Canada Centre and are 8-1-1 in
their last 10 trips to Toronto.
SERIES RECORD
All-Time: 43-31-10
H: 20-14-5
A: 23-17-5
Since 1995-96: 20-15-3
H: 7-9-0
A: 13-6-3
SEASON SCHEDULE
Dec. 1 @ TOR
Jan. 8 vs. TOR
CONNECTIONS
Former Avs: Alexander Kerfoot (2017-19)
Former Leafs: Nazem Kadri (2010-19, first round pick 2009)
SHORT AND TO THE POINT
The Avs have scored four shorthanded goals, tied for the most in the NHL as of Tuesday.
TIP OF CAP
Gabriel Landeskog is in his 11th NHL season and 10th as team captain … He is the second-longest serving captain in franchise history behind only Joe
Sakic (17 seasons, 16 consecutive) … Only four players have been captain of their current teams longer
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 15th season (since 2007-08)
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 14th (2008-09)
Alex Ovechkin (WSH) 13th (2009-10)
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) 12th (2010-11)
Gabriel Landeskog (COL) 10th (2012-13)
Claude Giroux (PHI) 10th (2012-13)
THIS DAY IN AVALANCHE HISTORY
Dec. 1, 2000 — Patrick Roy made 40 saves to lift the Avs to a 4-2 victory over the Stars in Denver
CURRENT INJURIES – Man Games Lost: 92
Compher (upper body)
Francouz (lower body)
MacKinnon (lower body)
Matteau (lower body)
Murray (lower body

Bo Byram’s return sparks Avalanche in victory over Nashville Predators — The Denver Post

The Avalanche, led by Mikko Rantanen’s hat trick, got back to winning on Saturday night, and the return of rookie defenseman Bo Byram certainly helped. Byram, who missed the previous six games while overcoming at least his third concussion of 2021, logged 22:00 minutes and scored the game-winning goal in Colorado’s 6-2 victory over the…

Bo Byram’s return sparks Avalanche in victory over Nashville Predators — The Denver Post

Avalanche outlasts Ottawa 7-5 to extend winning streak to five games — The Denver Post

Goalie Darcy Kuemper had a .935 save percentage in his last six starts and the streaking Avalanche was supposed to reign supreme in this one — a home game against a 4-11-1 team that had not played in the last eight days because of a COVID outbreak.

Avalanche outlasts Ottawa 7-5 to extend winning streak to five games — The Denver Post