Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said the goal is

Mikko Rantanen had a hat trick and an assist for the Colorado Avalanche in a 6-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Ball Arena on Saturday.

Cale Makar had three assists, and Jonas Johansson made 26 saves for Colorado (11-6-1), which has won seven of its past eight games without Nathan MacKinnon, who sustained a lower-body injury Nov. 6.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said the goal is for MacKinnon to play Wednesday, when they open a five-game road trip at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Luke Kunin and Matt Duchene scored, and David Rittich made 29 saves for Nashville (11-9-1), which has lost four its past six.

Rantanen gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 4: 41 of the first period when he chipped in a pass from Landeskog near the right post on the power play.

He then made it 2-0 at 17: 37 with another power-play goal, scoring short side with a one-timer from the right circle off a pass from Makar.

Makar has scored 12 points (seven goals, five assists) during a six-game point streak.

Kunin cut it to 2-1 at 4: 44 of the second period with a deflection of Eeli Tolvanen’s shot five-hole on Johansson.

Bowen Byram, who missed the past six games because of concussion protocol, increased the lead to 3-1 at 6: 19 on a redirection of Landeskog’s backhand pass.

Valeri Nichushkin made it 4-1 at 6: 42 of the third period, scoring five-hole off a pass from Rantanen, who completed the hat trick after getting a loose puck in the high slot to make it 5-1 at 15: 12.

Duchene made it 5-2 at 16: 28 before Tyson Jost finished a 2-on-1 with Nicolas Aube-Kubel at 18: 55 for the 6-2 final.