The Colorado Avalanche spent their first week back from the All-Star break on the road.
Despite only playing three games, it was a pretty eventful week for the team. The road trip was very up and down, but a lot happened in those three games that had fans talking. Particularly, a very questionable hit that took out a certain Conn Smythe winner.
Let’s take a look back at a week where the Avalanche finished with a record of 1-1-1.
Before the team flew to PIttsburgh, Evan Rodrigues spoke exclusively to CHN about playing his former team, and whether he’d like to stay in Colorado.
On his weekly radio show, Bednar announced Gabriel Landeskog is expected back on the ice in mid-February.
That night, the Avalanche blew a late lead to Pittsburgh on their way to an overtime loss.
The big moment late in the game was a blindside hit by Jeff Carter on Cale Makar.
The Avalanche didn’t play poorly against the Penguins, but the one big bright spot was the return of Bowen Byram.
The turning point in the game with Pittsburgh was some aggressive mistakes made late by the Avalanche.
The Stanley Cup film became available that night, but only if you had a certain subscription.
I enjoyed the Stanley Cup film, but it was far from perfect, and gave my thoughts on it overall.
That morning, the news came out that Makar was going to miss at least two games.
Later that night, the Avalanche were shut out by the Lightning.
Special teams were a problem in the loss.
A bizarre second goal was the turning point in the Lightning game.
With the team’s scoring struggles, it’s become clear goaltending and defense will have to carry them to the playoffs.
The NHL trade deadline now less than three weeks away, I released the CHN Trade board for the Avalanche, looking at players they may target.
That evening, the Avalanche bounced back against Florida, but lost Erik Johnson in the game.
Andreas Englund and Logan O’Connor were bright spots for the team in the win.
Jeff Carter finally spoke about his hit that took out Cale Makar.
Brad Hunt was placed on waivers the day before, but did clear and was assigned to the Eagles.
Valeri Nichushkin and Artturi Lehkonen went to work to turn the game around against the Panthers.