Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche in catch-up mode

Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche in catch-up mode

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The Colorado Avalanche have not had their last word in the National Hockey League (NHL) Western Conference playoff race, and forward Nathan MacKinnon has speak all his talent on the ice in order to help him gain ground.

After an ugly seven-in-eight-game losing streak, the defending Stanley Cup champions have won their two most recent encounters in convincing fashion. Having torpedoed the Ottawa Senators 7-0 on Saturday, the Avs doubled the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 to come within four points of a playoff spot.

Head coach Jared Bednar's squad have a few reasons to be optimistic. Former Montreal Canadiens Artturi Lehkonen is having a great season, as he has 30 points in 39 games. However, the presence in the formation of a healthy MacKinnon is essential. 

Recovered from an upper-body injury that caused him to miss a few weeks in December, he sails on a series of five duels with at least one point: he scored ten, or three goals and seven assists. On Monday, he had a blast with two goals and as many assists.

Head coach Jared Bednar's squad has a few reasons to be optimistic. Former Montreal Canadiens Artturi Lehkonen is having a great season, as he has 30 points in 39 games. However, the presence in the training of a healthy MacKinnon is essential. of the calendar year.

“For many attackers, 25, 26 min is huge. I think I'm ready for that, I'm trying to take care of myself so I'm ready to play as often as needed,” he added.

A combination that works

Currently, MacKinnon is running at full speed within a trio completed by Lehkonen and Evan Rodrigues. The presence of the latter delights him to the highest degree.

“He has an excellent vision of the game. I did not know that, of course, because I had never played with him. He makes a ton of little plays that aren't the most spectacular, but are still very important for puck control and building effective chemistry. It's nice to play with a smart guy with a good shot on the right side. I had never had a right-hander in my company during my career and it's pleasant, “he said, as reported by the site coloradohockeynow.com.

Colorado will visit the Flames of Calgary, one of two teams holding a team bye drafted in the West, Wednesday.