NHL Hockey

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Colorado 2 1 1 4
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6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET0:00 BRT, December 14, 2021
Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 17,198

Rangers, Avalanche meet again after tense matchup

New York Rangers at Colorado Avalanche

  1. Colorado beat the Rangers, 7-3, in New York six days ago (Dec. 8). The Avs' seven goals were the most they've scored in a game against the Rangers since Feb. 3, 1996, a 7-1 win.
  2. The Rangers are 10-3-2 on the road this season and they've won their last four road games. The Rangers' total of 22 road points matches the club high through their first 15 road games of season. They also accrued 22 points from their first 15 road games in 2010-11 (11-4-0).
  3. Alexandar Georgiev is 3-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA and .947 save percentage in the four starts he's made since Igor Shesterkin was injured on Dec. 3 versus San Jose. Georgiev was 2-1-1 with a 4.18 GAA and .856 save percentage in five starts this season before Shesterkin's injury.
  4. The Avs have scored 108 goals in their 25 games this season. Since 1996-97, the only other NHL team to score 108 or more goals through its first 25 games of a season was Ottawa in 2005-06 (113 goals). This is the highest goal total by Quebec or Colorado at this point of a season since the 1992-93 Nordiques scored 112 goals in their first 25 games.
  5. Andre Burakovsky scored all of the Avs' goals in their 3-2 win over the Panthers on Sunday. It was the first hat trick by a Colorado player in which he scored all of the team's goals since April 5, 2007, when Milan Hejduk outscored the Canucks, 3-2, in Vancouver.
  6. Mikko Rantanen's three assists in Sunday's game were the 200th, 201st and 202nd assists of his NHL career. Rantanen, the 10th overall pick in the 2015 Entry Draft, ranks fourth in assists among players from his draft year, behind Connor McDavid (408), Mitch Marner (270) and Jack Eichel (216).

The New York Rangers are riding a three-week surge, winning eight of their past 10 games and feeling good despite a 1-0 home setback to the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

New York averaged 3.3 goals a game in the 10-game stretch, even with the shutout loss. But three goals do not figure to be enough when the Rangers face the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night in Denver.

Colorado has been streaking too, going 12-2-1 since Nov. 11 and piling up the wins thanks to a sizzling offense. The Avalanche are averaging 5.3 goals a game during the streak, in which they scored at least seven goals in a game six times. Only once in the last 15 games have they been held under three goals.

Colorado can win low-scoring games, too. The Avalanche beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Sunday night despite not having two of their top forwards, Gabriel Landeskog (lower body) and Nazem Kadri (lower body).

Landeskog is expected to miss a couple of weeks, but Kadri, who leads the team with 34 points (11 goals), could be back Tuesday after missing the previous two games.

Andre Burakovsky picked up the slack against the Panthers, scoring all three goals for his first career hat trick. Burakovsky is tied with Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar for the team lead in goals with 12.

He scored the go-ahead goal at 11:43 of the third period, his second goal in the final 20 minutes, and the Avalanche held on for the win.

"It's important because the message we'll send to the coaching staff will be that it was a great checking game and we've got to be able to win games 1-0, 2-1, 3-2," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "We're not going to put up seven every night."

Tuesday will be a rematch of Colorado's 7-3 win in New York on Wednesday. Tempers flared in that one after the Rangers' Jacob Trouba delivered a hard hit to Nathan MacKinnon, who went to the locker room but returned later.

Landeskog dropped the gloves with Trouba.

It isn't the only time this season Trouba has delivered a hard check. His hit on Chicago's Jujhar Khaira the night before the Avalanche game sent the Blackhawks forward to the hospital and into concussion protocol.

Trouba also had an open-ice hit on Nashville's Luke Kunin on Sunday night.

Trouba defended his physical play, saying he isn't trying to injure opposing players.

"You take a hit when it comes. It's just part of the game," Trouba said. "I wouldn't say I'm thinking about hitting people before the game starts. It just presented itself three games out of the last four. When the physicality is there, it's there."

Landeskog won't be available for a rematch, but the Avalanche have shown they can be physical, too. After Jacob MacDonald was knocked out of Sunday's game with a hard hit, the team delivered some hard checks on the Panthers.

"We ramped up our game, we were playing more physical," Burakovsky said. "You see guys who usually don't make hits hit a few big ones. Everyone's sticking up for each other."

--Field Level Media

Updated December 14, 2021

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