Avalanche Weekly Wrap: The Evolution of Cale Makar, Lehkonen Film Room
The Colorado Avalanche went a perfect 4-for-4 on their road trip this week, taking care of their business as they continue to climb up the standings in the Central Division.
It wasn’t all great news for the Avalanche on the ice, though. They lost another important player, as Artturi Lehkonen broke his finger and will likely miss the regular season. But even that couldn’t slow the team down on their Eastern road trip.
Let’s take a look back at the past week for the team.
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I spoke to Artturi Lehkonen about his crazy work ethic and where he gets it from, as well as playing with superstar Nathan MacKinnon.
While the team was on the road, Gabriel Landeskog and Erik Johnson continued skating at Family Sports.
Bowen Byram scored a beauty in Monday night against Montreal.
The Avalanche dropped eight goals on the Canadiens in their victory that evening.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news, as Lehkonen broke his finger and will miss 4-6 weeks.
The powerplay was perfect in the win for the Avalanche.
With Lehkonen’s injury, the Avalanche recalled Alex Galchenyuk, although he would play sparingly the rest of the week.
In the win over Montreal, Girard and Byram put on a show. (+)
Who steps up in the absence of Lehkonen?
Even though he’s out the rest of the season, we can still appreciate everything Artturi Lehkonen does for the Avalanche in this film room.
The Avalanche played their best defensive game of the season that night against Toronto, winning 2-1 in a shootout.
Team defense stood out in the win.
I did a video breakdown on Lars Eller and how he’s starting to get comfortable with the Avalanche. Later in the week, he would look even more comfortable.
A commitment to defend was the key against Toronto. (+)
Jonas Johansson made the save of the season in the win over Ottawa.
It got hairy at the end, but the Avalanche held on to beat the Senators.
The stars led the way in the win over Ottawa.
Lars Eller scored a goofy goal in the win, but why was it allowed to count? (+)
How Cale Makar has evolved as a defensemen coming off a historic 2021-22 season.
The Avalanche beat down the Red Wings on Saturday afternoon.
Alexandar Georgiev was calm in net for the 10th straight win by the Avalanche over Detroit.
Nikolai Kovalenko scored another pretty goal in the KHL playoffs.
Five thoughts on the final 14 Avalanche games, including what I’ve been hearing about Gabriel Landeskog.
Avalanche Turning Point: Late Penalty Kill Holds Off Red Wings (+)