Avalanche Wrap: Byram Takes Off, Landeskog Returns to Town
The Colorado Avalanche had to deal with an absurd schedule (that their coach hates), but still found a way to finish the week 3-0-1, and continue to make up ground in the terrible Western Conference.
The team played a total of four games, but those four games were two sets of back to backs. And next week, they’re off pretty much all week until, you guessed it, another back to back!
Let’s take a look back at a week where the Avalanche took care of their business.
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How Nolan Pratt Helped Turn Defense Into an Organizational Strength (+)
An update from Avalanche practice, where Andreas Englund stepped up over the weekend to help out a beat up defense.
The Avalanche had leads against the Lightning but failed to hold on, falling 4-3 in a shootout.
Jared Bednar made it clear how unhappy he is with the upcoming schedule.
Valeri Nichushkin did not look like himself early in the week.
Avalanche Turning Point: Failure to Increase the Lead (+)
On the second night of a back to back, Alexandar Georgiev stole the game.
Josh Manson returned and the Wild felt his wrath.
With the trade deadline fast approaching, we took a look at what assets could be on the table for the Avalanche.
Avalanche Turning Point: Breakout Perfection (+)
Avalanche GM Chris MacFarland was allegedly in St. Louis early to watch the Blues.
Practice notes from Friday, including coach calling Manson a “beast”
I went 1-on-1 with Alexandar Georgiev after Henrik Lundqvist spoke highly of him on National television.
In the win over the Blues, Mikko Rantanen noticed his 200th career goal.
Justus Annunen gave Georgiev a night off and picked up his first win of the season.
The star of the game was Bowen Byram.
Avalanche Turning Point: Powerplay Comes Through (+)
Before the game, it was announced that Cale Makar would not play due to an upper body injury.
J.T. Compher spoke to the media after the game, and said he loves the challenge of facing guys like Connor McDavid.
The Avalanche completed a wild comeback to beat the Edmonton Oilers in overtime.
Want some great news to end the week? Gabriel Landeskog is back in town.