MacKinnon, Avalanche to host the Ducks
Denver; Friday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado into a matchup with Anaheim. He ranks seventh in the league with 87 points, scoring 35 goals and recording 52 assists.
The Avalanche are 15-13-6 at home. Colorado averages 10.0 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the league. Ian Cole leads the team serving 111 total minutes.
The Ducks are 13-22-1 on the road. Anaheim is the last team in the NHL averaging just 6.1 points per game. Ryan Getzlaf leads the team with 41 total points. In their last meeting on March 3, Anaheim won 2-1. Jakob Silfverberg recorded a team-high 2 points for the Ducks in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with a plus-16 in 70 games played this season. Mikko Rantanen has five goals and four assists over the last 10 games for Colorado.
LAST 10 GAMES: Ducks: 4-6-0, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.1 assists, 4.7 penalties and 10.5 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with a .900 save percentage.
Avalanche: 5-4-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.5 assists, 3.5 penalties and 8.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .928 save percentage.
Ducks Injuries: Brendan Guhle: day to day (undisclosed).