Avalanche sets record with 25 victories in 36 games: Takeaways from 4-3 shootout win over Minnesota – The Denver Post

Through 37 games, the Avalanche has 25 victories. That’s the most wins to that point in club history, one game quicker than the Avs of last season.

Colorado jumped to a 2-0 lead and never trailed Monday afternoon against the Minnesota Wild, but needed two outstanding individual efforts in a shootout to win 4-3 and collect its club-record 14th-consecutive win at Ball Arena.

The Avs (25-8-3) got the only shootout goal from winger Mikko Rantanen and three saves from goalie Pavel Francouz to improve to 2-0 over the Central Division-rival Wild.

Five takeaways:

Great Nate. Nathan MacKinnon doesn’t much care for that nickname, but he is indeed one of the Avs’ all-time greatest players and among the best currently in the NHL. The elite center had a goal and an assist to reach 600 career points — just the fourth in club history to reach that number behind Joe Sakic (1,015), Milan Hejduk (805) and Peter Forsberg (705). (Note: Sakic and Forsberg had more points with different teams, including the Quebec Nordiques).

MacKinnon, who is tied for second in points per game this season (1.54), will play in his 600th NHL regular-season game Wednesday at Anaheim. His 1.00 career points-per-game is tied for 53rd highest in league history, along with legendary players such as Teemu Selanne, Joe Mullen, Mats Sundin and Paul Kariya.

Rolling. The Avs have their best record in a 30-game stretch (23-4-3, 49 points) in club history.  The previous mark was last season (22-5-3 from Feb. 26 to April 26, 2021) and 21-4-2-3 from Jan. 30 to March 31, 2003.

Home cookin’. The Avs’ 14-game winning streak is the NHL’s longest in nearly five years, since the Washington Capitals also won 14 straight from Jan. 1 to March 4, 2017. Colorado is on a 16-game points streak (15-0-1) at Ball Arena, one shy of the club record from 2003 and last season.

Winning close games at home. In Colorado’s last four home victories, four have required overtime or a shootout.

MacKinnon is OK with that.

“I think it’s good. I mean, we were killing teams for a while there every night,” he said. “It’s important for us to be in these tight games. I think last year, we didn’t have many tight games. We beat a lot of teams really bad the whole year, so I think in the playoffs, it didn’t help us. But, we’re in high-pressure situations against really good teams this season. I think up 2-1 going into the third, we could have done a better job, but they’re a really good team as well, they are desperate. We ended up getting the win.”

Frankie goes to shootout. Francouz, who replaced the injured Darcy Kuemper mid-game, is 6-for-6 in shootouts this season and 9-of-9 in his career (3-0).

“He looks great in the shootout. Real patient, explosive, he’s tracking the puck real well,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said of Francouz. “He just looks real confident, real patient to me. That’s probably the two biggest things.”

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