Kadri and Colorado take on Winnipeg
Winnipeg Jets (22-20-9, sixth in the Central) vs. Colorado Avalanche (37-10-4, first in the Central)
Denver; Friday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Nazem Kadri leads Colorado into a matchup with Winnipeg. He ranks fourth in the NHL with 64 points, scoring 22 goals and totaling 42 assists.
The Avalanche are 12-4-2 against Central teams. Colorado is second in the league averaging 6.7 assists per game, led by Nathan MacKinnon with 1.0.
The Jets are 9-5-4 against the rest of their division. Winnipeg ranks 10th in the Western Conference averaging 2.9 goals per game, led by Kyle Connor with 29.
In their last meeting on Jan. 6, Colorado won 7-1. MacKinnon recorded a team-high 5 points for the Avalanche.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kadri leads the Avalanche with 42 assists and has 64 points this season. Mikko Rantanen has four goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Colorado.
Connor leads the Jets with 55 points, scoring 29 goals and adding 26 assists. Mark Scheifele has eight goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Winnipeg.
LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 7-2-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.2 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .931 save percentage.
Jets: 4-4-2, averaging 2.8 goals, five assists, 3.9 penalties and 9.8 penalty minutes while allowing 2.4 goals per game with a .926 save percentage.
INJURIES: Avalanche: Bowen Byram: out (personal), Nathan MacKinnon: day to day (lower-body).
Jets: None listed.