Nathan MacKinnon has proved to the hockey world this season that he does have the makeup to be the next big NHL superstar. By all accounts, the Colorado Avalanche are getting full - value for the first overall pick they spent on MacKinnon that last summer's NHL Entry Draft.On Friday night, against the Detroit Red Wings, MacKinnon was able to do something no other 18-year-old...
Nathan MacKinnon has proved to the hockey world this season that he does have the makeup to be the next big NHL superstar. By all accounts, the Colorado Avalanche are getting full - value for the first overall pick they spent on MacKinnon that last summer's NHL Entry Draft. On Friday night, against the Detroit Red Wings, MacKinnon was able to do something no other 18-year-old...
Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon extended his point streak to 13 games and broke Wayne Gretzky’s record for the longest streak ever by an 18-year-old on Thursday night. MacKinnon set up Andre Benoit for the winning goal 4:28 into overtime, giving the Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. “Nobody really took me, and Benoit took the back door. [The...
Nathan MacKinnon had the puck in the final minute of overtime and each of the four opposing skaters stood passively and stared at the phenom.
The sensational rookie took full advantage of the attention, breaking one of Wayne Gretzky's records while helping his team win.
Andre Benoit, all alone, scored off an assist from MacKinnon with 31.4 seconds left in overtime to lift the...
Nathan MacKinnon breaks a record set by Wayne GretzkyNathan MacKinnon, to this point, has been more than the Colorado Avalanche could ever have dreamed of when they made him the first overall selection in the 2013 NHL draft.
MacKinnon sits in third place on the Avalanche roster in points (51 points: 22G, 29A), following only Matt Duchene (58 points: 20G, 38A) and Gabe Landeskog ...
With 20 games remaining in its NHL season, the Avalanche is only one point behind the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Rather than repeating that for effect, let's instead acknowledge that if most sane folks had been told last summer this would be the case in early March, they would have wondered what was going to happen to bring on the Blackhawks' monumental...
Is Nathan MacKinnon the lifelong center becoming comfortable as a full-time right winger? It sure seems so.
Although he played center in some of the games, the Avalanche rookie and leading Calder Trophy candidate entered Friday night's home game against Phoenix on a nine-game points streak (five goals, seven assists). Since losing forward Alex Tanguay for the rest of the season...
Does anyone want to second-guess that selection of Nathan MacKinnon with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft anymore?
The kid from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, is making Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy look very wise indeed for drafting him first overall, because MacKinnon is starting to tear up the league.
Becoming the first NHL rookie since Jonathan Toews in 2007 to post a 10-game point...
The number of precocious newcomers to the NHL seems to increase annually, and that's made handicapping the Calder Trophy race for 2013-14 more difficult than predicting exactas.
But there's something about Nathan MacKinnon's makeup. Life in the League immediately became routine for the 18-year-old Colorado Avalanche rookie, who was taken No. 1 in a fertile 2013 NHL Draft...
Moncton's Ivan Barbashev is the top rated QMJHL prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft (Photo c/o Rogers Sportsnet)
The year 2013 was a banner year for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Halifax Mooseheads won the Memorial Cup cementing themselves as one of the greatest junior hockey teams ever assembled. Halifax’s Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin were selected number...
In less than a week, the Colorado Avalanche will be back on the ice in their first game after the Olympic break. While some of their key players have played for their countries during the break, the bulk of the Avs roster has had the break to themselves until they were able to return to practice today.
Entering the break, the Avalanche were sitting in 5th place in the Western Conference...
Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play.
But then, the Avalanche committed three more infractions over the next 3:44, and the Islanders took advantage to score two 5-on-3 goals.
Somehow, Colorado survived Saturday night.
The Avalanche regained their composure, and held on to...
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The Colorado Avalanche are sputtering offensively on their trip against Metropolitan Division foes.
The last chance to shore up their offense before a 2 1/2-week layoff comes against one of the league's worst defensive teams.
Trying to avoid a third straight loss before the Olympic break, the Avalanche go for their first win at Nassau Coliseum in more than 15 years Saturday...
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Michael Raffl’s third period goal that put the Flyers up 2-0 would turn out to be the game-winner, as Philadelphia would hang on to beat the Avalanche 3-1.
Mark Streit scored his eighth goal of the season, on the power play, in second period to give the Flyers an early lead. Claude Giroux added an empty-net goal late in the third period to seal...
By all accounts, the grating effects of an 82-game season should have taken a toll on Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon by now, running the 18-year-old ragged or at least temporarily dimming the bright spots of his game.
But the novelty of playing in the NHL has yet to diminish for the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, as the dynamic young center still marvels at what...
There were a lot of fans and experts who thought the Colorado Avalanche made a mistake by selecting Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon over Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones with the top pick in the 2013 NHL draft.
The Avalanche already had plenty of center depth with Ryan O’Reilly, Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny giving new head coach Patrick Roy a talented three...
The NHL has been exciting this year we have seen a rookie in Tomas Hertl (only 19 years old) score 4 goals at the beginning of the year on October 8th 2013 and have arguably the craziest between the leg goal of the last several years (besides Datsyuk). We have seen rookie 1st overall pick Nathan MacKinnon help turn the Colorado Avalanche around...
Match-up - Colorado Avalanche (35-14-5) @ New Jersey Devils (23-21-12)
Road/Home records - 16-7-2 -------------- 12-7-6
TV - NBCSN
Puck drop - 7:30 p.m. ET
Season series - Avs lead 1-0
Last 10: Avalanche 8-2-0 / Devils 4-3-3
Projected starting goalies - Semyon Varlamov vs Cory Schneider
Projected lines for the Avalanche:
Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - P.A...
The Columbus Blue Jackets ended their three-game losing streak Wednesday night when they defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2 at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets were paced by second-year player Ryan Johansen who scored a pair of goals.
What has helped the rise of the team that ‘Carries The Flag’ from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to battling for a playoff spot are a quintet...
The Colorado Avalanche are clicking in the offensive zone. The New Jersey Devils certainly can't say the same.
The Avalanche will try to keep both trends going Monday night in New Jersey as they open a four-game East Coast swing heading into the Olympic break.
A 7-1 home win over Buffalo on Saturday gave the Avalanche (35-14-5) 16 goals during a three-game winning streak.
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February 02, 2014
Avs' rookie phenom Nathan Mackinnon ...Hello there all you fantasy hockey freaks! It’s getting close to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and with only one more week of NHL action before the players take a few weeks off to think about precious metals (and medals), I am going to pick out some under-the-radar talent that could help your fantasy team after the Olympic break...
The Colorado Avalanche took a chance when they drafted Nathan MacKinnon first overall last June.
The rookie is rewarding their faith with a stellar first season.
MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist, and Colorado beat the Buffalo Sabres 7-1 on Saturday.
Gabriel Landeskog also had two goals and Semyon Varlamov had 27 saves for the Avalanche...
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February 01, 2014
It's Feb. 1, but the last time the Avalanche will play in Denver until Feb. 26. Colorado's four-game trip through New York and Philadelphia precedes the NHL's shutdown for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The likely playoff-bound Avs wanted a good a send-off Saturday, and despite playing with just 11 available forwards because of injuries to Paul Stastny and Alex Tanguay...
It will be nearly a month before the Colorado Avalanche play at home after Saturday.
They certainly will face the right opponent as they hope for a happy send-off.
The Avalanche seek a seventh consecutive win against the league-worst Buffalo Sabres in their final home game before the Olympic break.
January was a very good month for Colorado, which went 10-3-1 after struggling...
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January 31, 2014
Semyon Varlamov had 35 saves, John Mitchell had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche edged the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Thursday night.
Matt Duchene had two assists for Colorado, which survived a flurry at the end to get the victory. Ryan O'Reilly, Paul Stastny, Nathan MacKinnon and Maxime Talbot also scored.
It was quite a day for the 25-year-old Varlamov, who also...
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January 31, 2014