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Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie extends points streak to nine games

With an assist on Nathan MacKinnon’s goal in the first period, Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie extended his points streak to nine games — the NHL’s longest this season among blue-liners and tied for first in club history.

Former defensive teammates John-Michael Liles and Kevin Shattenkirk also produced nine-game points streaks for the Avs in 2010-11.

Barrie has 18 points (five goals) in his last 12 games, the most by any NHL defenseman since Feb. 20.

MacKinnon’s goal extended his points streak to 11 games, the NHL’s second-longest active streak behind Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine (14). MacKinnon entered Friday’s game leading the NHL in points-per-game (1.37) and his 86 points were the most in Avalanche history since Joe Sakic had 100 in 2006-07.

Sweet 16. Goalie Semyon Varlamov started for the Avs, making his 16th consecutive appearance. He was again backed up by rookie Spencer Martin, who is fourth on the organizational depth chart behind Jonathan Bernier and Andrew Hammond, both of whom remain unavailable with head injuries.

Footnotes. World Cup and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn attended the game. … Nashville entered Friday with 102 points, most in the league and their highest total in franchise history at this point of the season. The Predators’ all-time record is 110 points, which was set in 2006-07. … Despite playing in a back-to-back stretch, the Avs used the same lineup from Thursday’s 4-1 win at St. Louis. The healthy scratches were again forward Nail Yakupov and defensemen Anton Lindholm and Mark Alt. Forward Colin Wilson (head) and defensemen Erik Johnson (shoulder) and Mark Barberio (upper-body) remain out with injuries. … The Predators also were playing on consecutive nights with travel. They defeated the Coyotes 3-2 on Thursday at Arizona.

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