takes a six-game goal streak into the Avalanche’s game against San Jose at Ball Arena on Thursday.
It’s the longest such streak of his NHL career and the longest in the league this season. Rantanen is the fifth Avalanche player to score six in a row, joining Nathan MacKinnon, Milan Hejduk, Joe Sakic
and Peter Forsberg
The Colorado/Quebec franchise record is nine straight games set by the Nordiques' Michel Goulet
Here are the GAME NOTES.
The Avalanche will try to complete their first two-game sweep of the season, having split each of the first three two-game series. They combined for 15 goals the past two home games.
"We've been kind of building over the first seven games at getting our team game in order, and I think we've done that and played pretty well even in a couple of the games that we lost,” coach Jared Bednar
said after the morning skate. “I think that's the main priority.”
will make his seventh start. He’s gone 4-2-0 with one shutout, a 2.17 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. He owns a 4-1-1 career record in seven games against the Sharks with two shutouts, a 2.00 GAA and .926 save percentage.
MacKinnon, who leads the Avalanche in scoring with nine points (two goals, seven assists), has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 19 games against the Sharks.
The Avalanche have a league-leading 11 power-play goals, have killed 13 penalties in a row in the past three games and all 11 in three home games.
will start in goal for San Jose. He’s gone 0-2-0 in four games this season with a 3.29 GAA and .894 save percentage. He has a 19-15-1 record in 38 games against the Avalanche with four shutouts, a 2.48 GAA and .923 save percentage.
Sharks forward Patrick Marleau,
41, will play his 1,731st game to tie Ron Francis
for fourth place in NHL history. He trails Gordie Howe
(1,767), Mark Messier
(1,756) and Jaromir Jagr
The Avalanche lineup:
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen
Brandon Saad -- Nazem Kadri -- Andre Burakovsky
Valeri Nichushkin -- J.T. Compher -- Joonas Donskoi
Tyson Jost -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Kiefer Sherwood
Devon Toews -- Cale Makar
Bowen Byram -- Samuel Girard
Ryan Graves -- Erik Johnson