Colorado hosts Vancouver after Rantanen’s 2-goal game
Vancouver Canucks (30-26-8, fifth in the Pacific) vs. Colorado Avalanche (45-13-5, first in the Central)
Denver; Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Vancouver Canucks visit Colorado after Mikko Rantanen scored two goals in the Avalanche’s 3-2 overtime victory against the Oilers.
The Avalanche are 28-6-3 in Western Conference games. Colorado is third in the Western Conference with 34.9 shots per game and is averaging 3.8 goals.
The Canucks are 16-12-5 against conference opponents. Vancouver has scored 180 goals and ranks 10th in the Western Conference averaging 2.8 goals per game. J.T. Miller leads the team with 25.
In their last meeting on Nov. 17, Colorado won 4-2.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nazem Kadri leads the Avalanche with 52 assists and has 75 points this season. Cale Makar has 11 assists over the last 10 games for Colorado.
Miller leads the Canucks with 50 total assists and has 75 points. Bo Horvat has 12 points over the last 10 games for Vancouver.
LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 6-3-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.3 assists, 4.2 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .931 save percentage.
Canucks: 4-4-2, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.5 assists, 2.2 penalties and 4.6 penalty minutes while allowing 3.5 goals per game with an .894 save percentage.
INJURIES: Avalanche: Bowen Byram: out (personal), Gabriel Landeskog: out (knee), Samuel Girard: out (lower body).
Canucks: None listed.