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Colorado Avalanche Player Grades, Game 2




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Bowen Byram: B – Played smart again tonight. Incredible sliding saving to make up for coughing up the puck in his own zone.

Erik Johnson: C – He was involved again offensively tonight but nothing to show for it.

Devon Toews: C – Back to back nights with penalties. Not the norm for him and it’s proving costly right now.

Cale Makar : C – Fans were holding their breath as he looked injured at the end of the first but he came back out and finished the game. Led the team with five shots but that was really it from the star defensemen.

Andrew Cogliano: C – Good kill to start the third. Other than that, fairly quiet.

Valeri Nichushkin: C – Very questionable call tonight for crashing into Binnington. He was pretty much held then let go of right into him. That play led to what felt like the game changing goal.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel: C- – I liked his energy on a couple of shifts tonight but that’s about it. Almost 13 minutes played and no shots.

Nathan MacKinnon: C – Played hard, but couldn’t get the goal the team needed to keep them in it. And, like it or not, that’s a big part of his job. Blues did good job taking away his time and space.

J.T. Compher: D – Minus two tonight and had a few hits. Not much for the other lines. Not great with faceoffs going 2 for 6.

Josh Manson: C+ -Similar to game one, he played physical, but he also took some hits too, and was forced into some jittery moments with the puck.

Darren Helm: D – Had five hits in a little over eight minutes played. But that’s also because he rarely played with the puck.

Sam Girard: D – He was forcing passes through the neutral zone tonight. The Blues were all over them and transitioning quickly.

Artturi Lehkonen: C – Crazy he didn’t record a shot. He had six hits, but I felt like he was also getting pushed around a lot.

Nico Sturm : D – Couple of hits and that’s it. The depth play wasn’t there tonight.

Nazem Kadri : C- – It just wasn’t there for 91 tonight. The Avs need him to get going numbers- wise, though he did have a very good puck-possession Game 1. Only won 40% of his draws.

Gabe Landeskog : B- – Moved back to the first line with MacKinnon and Rantanen. Leave it to the Captain to get the crowd and team going but it still wasn’t enough to get the W.

Andre Burakovsky : D – His passing was off tonight like the rest of the team. He had a costly mistake that led to the Blues third goal of the game and essentially the back breaker.

Mikko Rantanen : C – Big games need their big players. I was hoping he would have shot it on the breakaway instead of passing. Like Kadri, the Avs need them to get going.

Darcy Kuemper : C – He didn’t get much help in the first two periods but then couldn’t make the save needed to keep the momentum and the score close. It’s hard to blame this game on him, but Binnington is certainly winning the goalie duel right now.

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Art Schwadron

I thought Sammy had a decent night? I also would have moved Burakowski back to the second line with Nuke and Kadri.

Karl Keen

Girard has been our best defenseman in this series! That says a lot! Toews was trying hard, but that penalty was such a killer he took.

Donald Victory

it says you are not as kean as you think you are. Though M49 did score again!

Sean Washington

M49 got tossed around like a little rag doll. St. Louis is a superior IQ team to the Avs, that blueline dangle will burn M49 and the Avs soon.

John Klingenstein

Seriously…G was their best D all night in a game where the whole team was pretty flat.

Gary Batman

Sammy scored again! Wooohoooo! Albeit for the opponent!

Aaron Rud

Landeskog looks like he cares; the others not so much. Makar and Toews are awful.



Sean Washington

Bednar knew the Blues and Berube would come out. Why did not the Avs? The legacy continues to cure in rebar concrete for this loser!

Sean Washington

Wow the heroes from last game were the goats in this game.  


Changes needed for game three. Newhook in for Compher. OC in for Helm. Look at JJ in for Girard. I didn’t know what team I was watching last night. In a trance the whole evening. Running into each other. Zero energy except for the Captain, of course.


Girard has been the best defenseman for this team in this series so far, but sure, bench him.


We watch different games. Bad clear out Game 1 and bad pass to the point that led to a Toews penalty. Invisible Game 2 and nice redirect into the net on the first Blues goal. Manson has to be extra aware when Sammy goes into the corners or is pressured on the back boards. Need more size to clear out the Blues pressure down low.

Karl Keen

Rico, I’ve been with you most of the season on Girard, but he is not the reason we lost last night. He actually gave the biggest hit of the night by an Avs player. Byrum has been steady, but he is not overly physical and has his concussion history to worry about. If we need to insert JJ, which I am not opposed to, I think it has to be for Byrum given how well Girard has played. Yes, I typed that last sentence dead seriously.

Gary Batman

JJ in for slow condor…

Donald Victory

Not so kean this time I didn’t read where flashbackrico said M49 was the reason the Avs lost…hmmm…


I never said Girard was the reason we lost last night. That isn’t my point. If Girard’s offense isn’t going then the Avs defense suffers down low and he can’t move anyone from in front of the net. He’s also easy to shoot over – unobstructed view for the opposing player. St Louis will continue to try to turn this into a brawl. They are also applying pressure on the break out so the Avs need to be more patient and carry the puck in as opposed to dump ins. Byram played solid so no need to remove him. And… Read more »

Karl Keen

Girard is so small opposing players are shooting pucks over his head and on goal? I guess I’ve missed Byrum and Makar out there smashing skulls in the corners and in front of the net. I remember watching the rather long replay of the Blues player pushing Byrum into Kuemper last night for so long it almost appeared Byrum was trying to guard on our goalie! Either way, I think both players have played well, but just because I haven’t been big fan of Girard either this season doesn’t mean I can’t take the glasses off and admit that he… Read more »

Yan Girard

You don’t watch at right place. Makar is worse defenseman since 2 games and is responsible directly of many goals unfortunately. He is INVISIBLE on the ice and score sheet.

Gary Batman

Yeah true that — two goals in two game is impressive.

Gary Batman

I like that flashbackrico!

Sean Washington

Bizarre how the score of the game greatly biases the grade of the player. Win or lose, the total body of work is all that matters.  Let’s do some correcting, again:  Byram – B. Played well in defensive zone. Playing within himself EJ – C. Looked slow as a condor trying run. EJ is not a good offensive player he needs to focus on D. Wrister rarely gets through. Slapper inaccurate. Makar – B. Clealy the Blues are not letting him dangle. Plan B, if they have one Cogs – C+ Speedy little guy, creates some havoc too.  Val – B Dynamic as usual. Sometimes his puck handling is poor… Read more »

Donald Victory

Well said Mr. Washington!

Charlie Anderson

WOW! You know what to say to players to make them win every game! Just wow. You must be the winningest coach of all time then. What’s your name again?

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