MacKinnon's lone, unassisted tally was the only point the offense-starved Avalanche could muster as Colorado notched loss number 26 on the season.
Trade rumors have begun to surround Avs forward Gabriel Landeskog. Even if they are willing to the captain, it isn't like they will just give him away.
On Tuesday, MacKinnon was named to his first career All-Star game. He currently leads the Avalanche in scoring, with 27 points in 39 games.
By going big and trying to be more physical, the Avalanche slowed down the very thing that got it to the playoffs in 2013-14 - its speed.
The team's alternate jerseys, which were introduced last season, are stunning, nostalgic and far-and-away the team's best looking kit. They should fight to keep them around.
Nathan MacKinnon finally busted through to end the game, Colorado's five-game losing streak and their 10-game home losing streak.
I am not saying the Avalanche should trade Landeskog. I am not saying they shouldn't, but they could do better than Brandon Carlo.
With the Avalanche sitting at the bottom of the standings, many are calling for a big move to shake things up. On Thursday, the team made, well, a move.
The Colorado Avalanche now have three different losing streaks of five games or more on the 2016-17 season after falling in Calgary on Wednesday.
Colorado erased a pair of one-goal leads, but couldn't find the game-winner. The Avalanche have now lost four in a row and nine of 10.