Star power. Avalanche superstar center Nathan MacKinnon has outplayed Calgary standout left winger Johnny Gaudreau, and it’s not even close. MacKinnon has three goals (two on the power play) and four points in the series. Gaudreau has one assist. The elite forwards tied for seventh in NHL scoring in the regular season with 99 points but MacKinnon has the big edge thus far. Also, Avs’ right winger Mikko Rantanen (goal, three assists) is having a more productive series than Flames top-line center Sean Monahan (goal, assist). If MacKinnon and Rantanen continue to fuel the offense, the Avs have the edge.
Twin 20s. Avalanche rookie defenseman Cale Makar is expected to play in his second career NHL game after making his impressive debut in Game 3 on Monday. But fellow 20-year-old blueliner Sam Girard — whom Makar replaced in the lineup — could return from the upper-body injury he sustained in Game 2. If Girard is cleared, both he and Makar are expected to be in the lineup, but the question is, will the Avalanche feature an extra defenseman (seven) and one less forward (11) or will the club scratch a veteran defenseman like Patrik Nemeth or Nikita Zadorov? Coach Jared Bednar on Tuesday was unsure of what he might do with his deep D-corps.
Special teams. Colorado began the series 0-for-8 on the power play but capitalized with man-advantage opportunities twice early in Game 3. The Flames scored a power-play goal in that game — their fourth of the series — but surrendered a shorthanded goal on the same power play. The Avs’ Matt Nieto scored on the penalty kill in Games 2 and 3 to become the first player in NHL history to score shorthanded goals in consecutive playoff games since 2012. Since losing Game 1 by going 0-for-4 on the power play and allowing two power-play goals, the Avs have evened the score heading into Game 4.
— Mike Chambers, The Denver Post
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