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Dater’s Daily: More Takeaways From Colorado Avalanche Win Last Night; NHL News And Notes

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Good Tuesday to all. Nice sunny day forecast, temps in 60s for T-Town today. Let’s talk a little more about last night’s Colorado Avalanche 3-1 win in Dallas, plus the usual look around the rest of the NHL:

  • Evan  Rodrigues had a goal and assist, playing on a line with Mikko Rantanen and Artturi Lehkonen. He looked outstanding, though not in the faceoff department. He only won 4-of-15 draws (27 percent).
  • Jayson Megna, on the other hand, won all seven of his faceoffs.
  • Lehkonen? What can you say, other than he has been a complete steal for the Colorado Avalanche so far. He scored two goals, with four shots on net.
  • Martin Kaut? He was OK. No points, one shot on goal in 15:13 of ice time. Ben Meyers had an assist and was more active around the puck overall than Kaut.
  • Cale Makar was Cale Makar, with an assist, +2 in 23:29. What an absolute stud of a player.
  • Pavel Francouz made 38 saves for the win. As colleague Brennan Vogt surmised, Alexandar Georgiev’s hold on the No. 1 job might be a bit more tenuous now.
  • Shane Bowers only played 9:55. I thought he looked OK, but he didn’t get nearly as much ice time as Kaut and Meyers.
  • Here’s what the view from Dallas was on the game (Dallas Hockey Now)
  • Around the league…when you watch NHL games on TV now, you’ll see digitally enhanced dasherboard ads that aren’t in the actual arena (NHL.com)
  • Darcy Kuemper has made fast friends with backup Charlie Lindgren in Washington (Washington Hockey Now)
  • Mike Sullivan doesn’t seem too enamored with his younger players in Pittsburgh right now (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • Class move: The Florida Panthers are donating all proceeds from a preseason game with the Lightning to Hurricane Ian victims (Florida Hockey Now)
  • The top 20 centers in the league, according to the Sporting News (Sporting News)

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