Through 37 games, the Avalanche has 25 victories. That’s the most wins to that point in club history, one game quicker than the Avs of last season.
Colorado jumped to a 2-0 lead and never trailed Monday afternoon against the Minnesota Wild, but needed two outstanding individual efforts in a shootout to win 4-3 and collect its club-record 14th-consecutive win at Ball Arena.
The Avs (25-8-3) got the only shootout goal from winger Mikko Rantanen and three saves from goalie Pavel Francouz to improve to 2-0 over the Central Division-rival Wild.
Great Nate. Nathan MacKinnon doesn’t much care for that nickname, but he is indeed one of the Avs’ all-time greatest players and among the best currently in the NHL. The elite center had a goal and an assist to reach 600 career points — just the fourth in club history to reach that number behind Joe Sakic (1,015), Milan Hejduk (805) and Peter Forsberg (705). (Note: Sakic and Forsberg had more points with different teams, including the Quebec Nordiques).
MacKinnon, who is tied for second in points per game this season (1.54), will play in his 600th NHL regular-season game Wednesday at Anaheim. His 1.00 career points-per-game is tied for 53rd highest in league history, along with legendary players such as Teemu Selanne, Joe Mullen, Mats Sundin and Paul Kariya.
Rolling. The Avs have their best record in a 30-game stretch (23-4-3, 49 points) in club history. …