The Colorado Avalanches started their four game road trip with their second straight lower point. After a game in which Semyon Varlamov carried them through regulation, the Avs dropped a 3-2 decision to the Rangers in a shootout. In case you missed it, there is the entire recap of a game that had a few bright spots.[Mile High Hockey]
While the outcome wasn’t great, it was a big night for the superstar that wears number 29. Nathan MacKinnon set a new record for the Avalanche by becoming the first player in franchise history to score in the fist six games of the season. He broke the record previously held by Hall of Famer Mats Sundin - let’s hope he keeps the streak going tomorrow night.
Nathan MacKinnon established an @Avalanche / Nordiques franchise record for longest season-opening goal streak (6 GP), eclipsing the mark set by Mats Sundin in 1992-93 (5 GP). #NHLStats #COLvsNYR pic.twitter.com/SC8uLuPSUZ— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 17, 2018
Oh there’s also this one
Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen became the first @Avalanche / Nordiques teammates to record simultaneous season-opening point streaks of 6+ games since 1993-94, when Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin did so w/ QUE (7 GP). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/H2mcYnftuf— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 17, 2018
And MacKinnon isn’t just setting records, he’s scoring even strength goals better than anyone else in the NHL.
A few hours before MacKinnon’s record setting performance, the Avalanche got some bad news. The team announced that J.T. Compher will be out indefinitely after sustaining a head injury Saturday night. We don’t know for sure what caused is, but there’s a good chance it was this his from Sam Bennett. [Mile high Hockey]
Around the NHL
In case you forgot, Connor McDavid is really REALLY good. The Edmonton Oilers had a pretty impressive come from behind victory in Winnipeg last night, but what’s more impressive is that Connor McDavid set an NHL record by getting a point on the first 9 goals the Oilers scored this season. The streak finally ended with Darnell Nurse’s overtime winner. McDavid is a treat to hockey fans everywhere, it’s such a shame he’s being wasted in the cesspool that is Edmonton.
There are currently two contract holdouts going on in the NHL - one that matters. Here is a great article by Katie Strang looking at how teams get to this situation and how to handle a contract stalemate [The Athletic]
You know who stinks? The Red Wings. And it’s awesome. [Winging it in Motown]
Andrew MacDonald sucks. That is all. [Broad Street Hockey]
Palmieri and the New Jersey Devils are actually good. The Devils are the only remaining undefeated team in the NHL and Kyle Palmieri is leading the way with seven goals in his first four games [All About the Jersey]
I’m not a fan of fighting in hockey, but for those of you who are, this was a pretty awesome fight.