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Evan’s Daily: Ryan Reaves Loses Battle With Smelling Salts, Galchenyuk’s Hard Work



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Around the NHL, the Minnesota Wild picked up a win to move into first place in the Central Division, but Ryan Reaves ultimately lost his battle with smelling salts.

With the Colorado Avalanche, Alex Galchenyuk was sent down after Friday’s win, but his story of hard work deserves to be shared, as he completely rebuilt his game from the last time the Avalanche saw him.

All that and more in this Sunday edition of Evan’s Daily.

Colorado Hockey Now

After an ugly call-up in December, Alex Galchenyuk went down to the AHL and rebuilt his game with the help of Greg Cronin. The difference was very noticeable. Read more about it here.

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Plus/Minus from the Coyotes win, including Alexandar Georgiev‘s ability to play in any type of game.

Around the NHL

Ryan Reaves requested a better batch of smelling salts on Saturday. Be careful what you wish for.

Central Division Watch

The Minnesota Wild took down the Chicago Blackhawks at home, moving them into first place in the Central Division. Avalanche fans didn’t expect much help from the Blackhawks, did they?

Well, they did get some help from the Vancouver Canucks. The Dallas Stars lost to the Canucks at home by a score of 3-1, so they didn’t pick up any points. With a win on Sunday, the Avalanche can move into a tie with the Stars for second place.

Here’s an updated look at the Central Division standings.

  1. Minnesota Wild – 93 points in 73 games (30 Regulation wins)
  2. Dallas Stars – 92 points in 73 games (32 regulation wins)
  3. Colorado Avalanche – 90 points in 71 games (30 regulation wins)

With their next two games coming against the Coyotes and Ducks, the Avalanche have a chance to make up some serious ground.

National Hockey Now

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