MacKinnon and Colorado take on Ottawa

Ottawa Senators (18-26-11, seventh in the Atlantic Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (32-16-6, second in the Central Division)

Denver; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado into a matchup with Ottawa. He’s fourth in the NHL with 76 points, scoring 32 goals and recording 44 assists.

The Avalanche are 14-7-4 on their home ice. Colorado ranks second in the league averaging 6.1 assists per game, led by MacKinnon with 0.8.

The Senators are 6-16-5 on the road. Ottawa leads the league with 12 shorthanded goals, led by Chris Tierney with four.

In their last meeting on Feb. 6, Colorado won 4-1.

TOP PERFORMERS: MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 32 goals and has totaled 76 points. Nazem Kadri has four goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Colorado.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads the Senators with 21 goals and has 34 points. Tierney has scored four goals over the last 10 games for Ottawa.

LAST 10 GAMES: Senators: 2-4-4, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.3 assists, 3.1 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .915 save percentage.

Avalanche: 7-1-2, averaging 3.8 goals, 6.4 assists, 3.6 penalties and nine penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .918 save percentage.

INJURIES: Avalanche: None listed.

Senators: Mark Borowiecki: day to day (personal).