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AVALANCHE WRAP: Avs can still tie all-time NHL record for most wins

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Well, first, let’s get this out of the way: Of the two teams that share the NHL single-season record for most wins (Detroit, 1995-96 and Tampa Bay in 2018-19, with 62) neither even made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. So, let’s be careful what we wish for eh, Colorado Avalanche fans?

But the fact is, the Avs can tie the record as well, if they go 7-0 in their last seven. They got their 55th win of the season last night against Carolina, 7-4. They also took a four-point lead on Florida again for the Presidents’ Trophy, which would guarantee home-ice advantage throughout all four rounds. Of course, the Avs won the Presidents’ Trophy last season too and…let’s not go there.

About last night:

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  • That was some hit by Cale Makar on Jordan Staal.

  • Carolina did a lot of running around after the clean hit and wanted payback, and you can’t necessarily blame them. But it was a clean hit.
  • Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen looks like he suffered a pretty bad injury in the game. He might be out a good while.
  • Four years now for Nathan MacKinnon with 30 goals. Is anybody worried about his goal production pace anymore?
  • Ben Meyers on scoring a goal in his first game: “I just kind of blanked out. I wasn’t thinking much. It was a great moment, and great plays by my linemates to take it to the net, and I was just fortunate to get the rebound there.”
  • Remember, Meyers can’t play in the postseason, because he signed his contract after the NHL trade deadline and he hadn’t been an Avs draft choice before that – unlike Cale Makar in 2019.
  • Bednar on Meyers: “I liked him a lot. He’s a strong skater. Great motor, he’s in pursuit of the puck. He’s got pretty good details to his game and he’s just learning our structure. He made a couple mistakes on a faceoff play, but that’s just new coverage for him that he’ll pick up and keep going it with him.”
  • Bednar on game overall: “We skated well, we competed well.”
  • Bednar said he thought it was “the best Newhook has looked in months.”
  • The Avalanche clinched its second straight division title and 11th division championship since moving to Denver (13th in franchise history). It’s the first time the club has won back-to-back division titles since their NHL-record run of nine straight from 1994-95 through 2002-03. Colorado clinched the No. 1 seed in their conference for the fourth time in franchise history and first since 2000-01.
  • The Avalanche improved to 31-4-3 at Ball Arena this season, setting a new franchise record for home points (65) in a season. Colorado passes the 2000-01 club, which had 63 home points.
  • Newhook picked up his fourth multi-point outing of the season and second this month (also: April 8 at Winnipeg). He has produced seven points (1g/6a) in seven games in April, ranked second among NHL rookies this month (Michael Bunting, 10). Newhook’s goal stood as the game-winner, his fifth of the season to move into a tie among league rookies in game-winning goals.
  • Rod Brind’Amour on the night for Carolina: “It’s tough. There’s just so many things that went on in this game. Obviously, we didn’t like the result tonight. We had a couple of guys get hurt and that’s really my major concern. So, yeah, it’s not a good night for us, that’s for sure.”
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TR

Hey Dater – we took a four point lead on Florida for the President’s Cup. And yes, winning the President’s Cup is a badge of honor but not that important, but I think being Conference Champs is more important as home ice to get to the finals is a key. And our boys did it with a resounding statement last eve.

Scott

Hey AD. If the Avs won the Presidents Trophy last year why is this the first time since 2000-2001 that they clinched the No. 1 seed in their conference?

Jeffrey Zucker

There were no conferences last year due to Covid.

scott

Forgot. Thanks.

Bob Neal

Very well played game top to bottom. Carolina got good traffic in front on their goals. Nice hit by Makar but one needs to worry about retaliation. Don’t want to get him hurt. Avs are on a roll. Hard to watch the broadcast though as Riker and Keefe sound like the frat. Brothers waiting for the Cup party to start. Very annoying to listen to. The Avs got a really good shot this year but anybody who has watched this sport knows winning the Cup is always a crap shoot. Let’s keep some perspective. Meyers debut was very entertaining to… Read more »

slowpokeczech

I didn’t notice Makar on the ice much after he dropped Staal which I assumed was a coach’s decision to keep him out of harm’s way. Or maybe I’m wrong about his ice time.

Ryan Krueger

I typically watch the opponents broadcast which I find refreshingly fair and with less whining about calls, more attention to the game itself, and more knowledge about the Avs than I would expect. I like Riker (carrying on Don Cherry’s sartorial bombast) and Keefe and as a cancer patient myself I root for Pete but “Moozh” and McNab IMO are not the best announcers out there.

Agree with comment below that Girard has been great since he came back and the Nuke is absolutely unstoppable…sign him for a long extension now please.

Karl Keen

Burkey, Newhook, and The Train were absolutely flying last night. I’ll say it again for 2nd game in a row, Girard looking healthy and his puck-moving is benefiting the team. Can he continue to make a difference in playoffs? Johnson clearly motivated to play last night after a two game layoff. Loved him defending Makar from the bench. Let’s get our boy MacDermaid some PT though Bednar!

Glendon Gulliver

I agree about getting MacDermid in some games. His presence may be required in the playoffs, depending on the matchup. Keep the rust off him and it may be better getting him time with the 4th line, instead of as the 6th D-man.

Karl Keen

With Tom Wilson on deck tonight get MacDermaid out there

Matt Briggle

The absolute best part of the Makar hit was that after all the chirping and posturing by the Canes, Bednar leaves Makar on the ice with Manson as his partner. Not a peep from any of the Canes after that. I’m guessing that they will continue to rotate people on D and the bottom 6 including MacDermid up on the wing for the rest of the season to keep everyone fresh and in game shape. Most of the “rest” for the top players will likely consist of minute management for most of the remaining games. The only game off I… Read more »

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