Andre Burakovsky isn’t getting caught up in the personal success of a five-game Avalanche points streak.
“There’s been some lucky ones for me,” Burakovsky said.
The eighth-year NHL forward — by chance or by skill — has been a consistent bright spot through Colorado’s ongoing injury carousel with three goals and three assists over the stretch. His most recent production has come on a familiar second line with Valeri Nichushkin and Nazem Kadri.
“We’ve been creating, we’ve been hard on the forecheck and we have good details,” Burakovsky said. “We’ll keep building from here.”
The Avalanche (6-5-1) embarks on a two-game road trip at the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday and the Seattle Kraken on Friday. Burakovsky is less focused on his points streak than keeping Colorado in the win column.
“I can be better in some situations,” Burakovsky said. “I wish I could create a little bit more than I have been. I’m focusing a lot on just doing the right things. … We need to be really good on the hunt. That’s something I’m trying to do every night now.”
Rantanen’s position change. The multi-week injury absence of Nathan MacKinnon has shifted Mikko Rantanen from winger to center on the Avs’ top line. Rantanen has eight points (five goals) over nine games this season. He discussed the nuances of his role change with reporters on Tuesday.
“You have to think a little bit more,” Rantanen said. “Center is a little bit more responsibility in the d-zone. That’s the biggest thing. … I don’t mind it. It’s not that hard.”
Footnotes. New Avalanche forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel practiced with the top power-play unit on Tuesday without the availability of injured forwards J.T. Compher and MacKinnon. … Defenseman Sam Girard returned to practice. Erik Johnson did not participate for an expected day of rest. Jared Bednar did not talk with reporters on Tuesday prior to the team’s flight to Vancouver.
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