WASHINGTON – So, yeah, that’s why the Colorado Avalanche traded as much as they did to get Nazem Kadri.
When he went without a goal in his first three games and didn’t show much offensive firepower otherwise, there might have been a few concerned Avs fans who wondered what all the fuss was about. The Avs did give up a quality defenseman and fan favorite, Tyson Barrie, and Alexander Kerfoot, after all.
In the last two games, Kadri has two goals and two assists and his Avs are 5-0-0 after their latest win – 6-3 Monday night here at Capital One Center.
The Avs’ second line, centered by Kadri, has quickly become a beast. We’re talking about the new second line, that is, with Joonas Donskoi and Andre Burakovsky. Since the line was formed three games ago with the injury of third-line center J.T. Compher, the trio has been a terror. Either with puck-possession in the opposing zone, winning faceoffs and/or going hard to the net and setting pesky screens, the line has been great. Kadri was the best of the three in this one, scoring a beauty of a far-post slapper from the left side and assisting on goals by Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen.