Evan’s Daily: Ranking Rantanen’s Best, Wild Getting Kaprizov Back
The NHL decided to take Friday completely off, but there was still some news around the league. The Wild got good injury news, but lost a key player at the same time. Might be of importance to Avalanche fans given how tight the standings are.
After Mikko Rantanen scored his 50th goal the other night, I decided to rank his top five goals this season. It was a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be.
All that and more in this Saturday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
With Mikko Rantanen scoring his 50th, I ranked his top five goals on the year. A lot of people probably will disagree with my list, but I’d be interested in hearing what others have to say and what goals you would replace.
Ben Meyers finally broke through in the 6-2 win over San Jose on Thursday.
Avalanche Turning Point: Team Gets Wake-Up Call, And Responds (+)
Sam Malinski scored again, and Mikhail Maltsev won the game in overtime for the Eagles on Friday night. With the victory, the Eagles acquired home-ice advantage in the first round.
Home ice: SECURED ✅#EaglesCountry pic.twitter.com/eUBnXoaOFC
— x – Colorado Eagles (@ColoradoEagles) April 8, 2023
Around the NHL
The Minnesota Wild got some very good news, as Kirill Kaprizov will return to their lineup on Saturday. It wasn’t all good news, though. Their top center, Joel Eriksson-Ek, was injured on Thursday night and is now considered week-to-week. Given the tight Central Division race, a loss like that is pretty huge and could decide who gets home-ice in the first round.
In case you missed it, the Seattle Kraken clinched a playoff spot on Thursday in just their second season as a franchise. There’s also a very realistic chance they face the Avalanche in round one of the playoffs…
National Hockey Now
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Taking a look at who has the best odds of making the playoffs between the Penguins, Panthers, and Islanders.