NHL: Avalanche step up in MacKinnon absence

26 November 2021 18:04:04 GMTPlus11
Gabriel Landeskog has hailed the Avalanche

Captain Gabriel Landeskog says the Colorado Avalanche are stepping up in the absence of superstar Nathan MacKinnon, giving particular praise to forward Nazem Kadri.

The Avalanche, 9/2 to win the Stanley Cup, have been without MacKinnon for six games, but have managed to win them all.

Kadri enjoys hot streak

MacKinnon, 26, sustained a lower body injury on 6th November after scoring ten points (one goal, nine assists) in eight regular season games to start the season.

Meanwhile, Kadri, 31, had a goal and an assist on Wednesday as Colorado beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 to extend his point streak to ten games.

Over the streak, Kadri has scored 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) improving his season record to 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 16 games.

Naz is producing at a crazy level right now and feeling really good.

Gabriel Landeskog

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Landeskog said to the media: "Naz is producing at a crazy level right now and feeling really good, and he looks great out there. Everybody realizes that we're missing one of the game's best players (MacKinnon) and everybody else is stepping up."

Avalanche remain on a roll

During their winning streak, the Avalanche have outscored their opponents 36-15.

Last season, Colorado won the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best regular season team (39-13-4). In the current campaign they sit fourth in the Central Division (10-5-1) but have played three less games than the teams above them.

Landeskog has held the captaincy of Colorado for ten years, ever since his second season in the NHL, while in the recent off-season he signed an eight-year contract extension with the franchise.

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