The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - March 4th, 2014

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The National Post believes Martin St-Louis might be available at the deadline.

Why he will be traded: When Steve Yzerman kept St. Louis off Canada’s initial Olympic roster, the veteran forward reportedly told the Lightning GM that he wanted out. A gold medal might have mended that relationship after St. Louis was added as an injury replacement, but if not the reigning scoring champ could be gone.

Why he won’t: No matter how frosty things are between Yzerman and St. Louis, moving Tampa’s top scorer doesn’t make sense for a playoff team.

Who’s interested: St. Louis, who has an off-season home in Greenvich Village, N.Y., is supposedly only interested in going to the Rangers.

Pekka Rinne is coming back after being out for the majority of the season.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is expected to start Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins in his return from a hip injury that has limited him to only nine games this season.

The Predators recalled Rinne from a two-game conditioning assignment Monday and announced that he would start the Penguins game. Rinne, who hasn’t played in an NHL game since Oct. 22, stopped 33 of 35 shots for a .946 save percentage during his two-game stint with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.

MacKinnon is getting some love.

While NHL teams have taken a lot of talented first overall picks since the 2007-08 season, none of them have been able to win the Calder Trophy. With a little over a month left in the regular season, Nathan MacKinnon is poised to end that trend.

The 18-year-old Colorado Avalanche forward has opened up a 12-point lead in the rookie scoring race with 49 and he’s been expanding that gap lately.

MacKinnon picked up two assists in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over Tampa Bay to extend his point streak to 11 games. That puts him in a tie with Alex Ovechkin for the second longest rookie point streak since 1996. The longest was set by Paul Stastny when he contributed in 20 consecutive games during the 2006-07 campaign, according to the Avalanche.

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