Nathan MacKinnon said he believes the Colorado Avalanche are the popular choice to win the Stanley Cup this season.

"I guess we're the favorites [or] whatever this season," the Avalanche center said in an episode of The High Button Podcast released this week. "I guess it's a shortened year … but we're excited." 

The NHL and NHL Players' Association have reached a tentative agreement to play a 56-game regular season starting Jan. 13, 2021. The agreement, confirmed by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, is pending a vote by the NHL Board of Governors and the NHLPA.

The season has been delayed due to continuing concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

The Avalanche lost to the Dallas Stars in seven games in the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round last season after finishing second in the conference (42-20-8, .657 points percentage).