Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon believes he has more to give, another gear to take him from good to spectacular.

As is, he’s been good enough to become the only player in franchise history to begin a season on an 11-game points streak. And, he’s  the NHL’s only player to produce a point in every game. But MacKinnon seeks the kind of greatness that goes beyond numbers.

He seeks dominance, with and without the puck on his stick, and regardless of how many points he produces.

“I feel like I’m improving, which is good,” MacKinnon said Sunday. “I don’t look at my games based on my points. You can get a lucky point when you had a bad game. I’ve had some bad games this year where I’ve got points, and I’ve also had really good games that I feel like I should have had more points. But things are starting to click for me right now. I feel really good.

“The Vegas game (Friday), and the third period against Anaheim (Saturday) night, I felt like I was getting some things going. Obviously, it’s nice to get a point every game — I expect that…I have lots of good opportunities. I’m on the power play. I play lots of minutes. I’m just trying to get better here. I can play better and I will. It’s going to be a good stretch here.”

MacKinnon, the 2018 Hart Trophy runnerup as league MVP, leads the Avs (8-2-1) with six goals and 15 points. He’s tied with rookie defenseman Cale Makar with a team-high nine assists and is tied for sixth in league scoring, tied for 12th in goals and tied for ninth in shots (42).

Avs coach Jared Bednar and his teammates can’t wait until MacKinnon goes from great to spectacular, where they’ve seen him before.

“It’s amazing that you can do that and maybe not even be at your best,” Bednar said of MacKinnon’s 11-game points streak. “We’ve seen how he can dominate games at times, when he’s able to contribute in small ways, away from the puck, and he’s putting importance on that. When he does get going we know that he’s going to fill the back of the net.”

Makar, meanwhile, has points in 10 of 11 games. His nine assists are tops among rookies and his 10 points are tied for second among first-year players.

Footnotes. The Avs, who are coming off Saturday’s 5-2 loss at home to the Anaheim Ducks, practiced Sunday without forward J.T. Compher and goalie Philipp Grubauer. Both were taking “maintenance” days. … Colorado will take Monday off before returning to practice Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday’s game against the visiting Florida Panthers. The Avs complete their three-game homestand Friday against the Dallas Stars.

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