The plan was for Rantanen to be held out of the first game in a back-to-back Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center to ensure the Avalanche would have Rantanen at his best Saturday at Pepsi Center.
J.T. Compher had a goal and two assists and Pavel Francouz made 34 saves for the Avalanche (15-8-2), who have won two straight games. "A lot of guys have been able to put the puck in the net, so it's been good".
The Colorado Avalanche visit Chicago after the Blackhawks shut out Dallas 3-0.
DeBrincat, who hasn't scored a goal in 10 games, took a hit from Girard in the corner shortly after striking iron with a quality scoring chance on an open net from the crease.More news: Metro by T-Mobile will launch 5G coverage and Galaxy Note 10
The Avalanche have gone 8-7-1 without Rantanen, who sustained an ankle/leg injury October 21 against St. Louis, and are third in the Central Division with a 15-8-2 record. It only took him a few minutes to show that he had not missed a beat. Prior to Friday, Chicago had allowed just 15 first period goals in their past 24 games. "I felt good. [The Avalanche] score three pretty good ones real quick: in-close one-timer, kind of like a half-breakaway with a screen, then a bounce off an unlucky redirection and we're scrambling".
"Obviously very disappointed, especially in the second leg", said Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton.
Avalanche: 7-3-0, averaging 4.1 goals, 7.1 assists, four penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with a.910 save percentage.
Rantanen, who is making a group-excessive $12 million this season, did not play in the third duration, presumably for precautionary reasons.More news: Red Wings lose big again, this time to Flyers 6-1
"He's fine", Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. He has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in a six-game point streak. Kadri tied it at 7:53, starting a string of three goals in a 3:15 span.
The Blackhawks fell behind quickly Friday but struck first in the rematch when Brandon Saad scored a short-handed goal at 1:37 of the first period.
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith left the game in the second period after he sustained a groin injury. "And they got some players on the point that can really jump into the play and make life hard for you". Defenseman Erik Johnson missed his third game and forward Andre Burakovsky missed his second consecutive.
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