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Morning Flurries: Avalanche win, Rinne goes down and a moose behind the bench

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Another big win for the Avalanche Saturday afternoon. The team has gathered five of a possible six points over the east-coast swing, with the road trip coming to a conclusion tomorrow in Philadelphia.

If you missed the game, we have the complete recap here.

With his second straight three point night, Nathan MacKinnon has pulled into a tie for second in the NHL for both goals and points - behind Auston Matthews in both categories. Who is he tied with for second in points?

That’d be his sidekick Mikko Rantanen.

While we know how good Rantanen has been for the past year, he’s only now starting to get the national recognition he deserves. Over the weekend NBC Sports took a look at how Mikko has become a “driving force” for the Avalanche. [Pro Hockey Talk]

Meanwhile in the AHL, Pavel Francouz has taken over the starting job for the Colorado Eagles, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be giving it up any time soon as he is already proving to be one of the best goaltenders outside of the NHL.

Francouz has still not lost a game of North American professional hockey.

Around the hockey world

We have to start with the new head coach in Nashville...

It seems like the Predators have no trouble having fun, but they were struck with some bad news over the weekend as the team announced that starting goalie Pekka Rinne has been placed on the IR. The team hasn’t announced his injury, but he left Friday night’s game in Calgary after colliding with teammate Kevin Fiala.

You can’t help but wonder if Rinne is the latest NHL goaltender to suffer a concussion - something that seems to be happening with far more frequency this season.

Though it’s a tough loss, many believe that Juusi Saros might actually be the most talented goaltender in Nashville and he certainly showed his worth shutting out the Oilers on Saturday night.

They finally did it! The Detroit Red Wings actually won a game. Yesterday afternoon, the Red Wings became the last team to win in the 2018-19 season. Check out this reaction to the OT winner, are we sure this wasn’t a playoff game?

Anyone who has ever left a long-term job knows how difficult it can be to move on. After nearly ten years with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tyler Bozak signed with the St. Louis Blues this past summer. Returning to Toronto last night, Bozak spoke about how emotional things were going to get for him and his family. Especially since his young son Kanon had become a bit of a folk icon around the Maple Leafs. [TSN]

The entire Bozak family was met with an incredibly warm reception from both the team and and fans at the Scotia Bank Arena last night.

It’s a well deserved criticism that the NHL doesn’t always to the best to make all their fans feel welcome. The Hockey is for Everyone mantra is one that’s many marginalized fans simply can’t get on board with.

One strong criticism has been the NHL’s treatment of women’s hockey and their fans. As it turns out, the NHL has been doing more to help the women’s game than any of us knew. Since last year, the NHL has quietly helped USA Hockey pay women’s national team. [ESPN]