KUSA - With a franchise-record start to the season, the Colorado Avalanche put their undefeated streak on the line Tuesday night when the Dallas Stars come to town.
The Avalanche's 5-0 start matches the franchise's best start to a season when the Quebec Nordiques opened the 1994-95 season at 5-0. That squad moved to Denver the following season and went on to win the Stanley Cup after the 1995-96 season.
"Right now, we take it one day at a time. We just say, 'Why not? Why not us?'" Avs' first-year coach Patrick Roy said after Saturday's win at the Washington Capitols. "We've been working hard every day, we're remaining humble, we know that we're playing against very good teams."
Avs' goalies Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere have combined to stop 167-of-171 shots. Varlamov is 4-0, and Giguere's one win was a shutout last Thursday against Boston when he stopped 39 shots.
Rookie center Nathan MacKinnon leads the team with six points, and four others have five points each. Starting his career with five assists, MacKinnon picked up his first NHL goal in Saturday's win at Washington.
After Tuesday's game at Pepsi Center (7 p.m. faceoff), Colorado next plays Thursday at home against Detroit before a two-game trip out east starting Saturday at Buffalo. The NHL record for wins to start a season is 10, which was done by Toronto (1993-94) and Buffalo (2006-07).
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