Jets Can't Let Loss to Avalanche Demoralize Them

Jets Can't Let Loss to Avalanche Demoralize Them

November 14th, 2019 It appeared to be the perfect opportunity for the Winnipeg Jets to win three straight games for the second time this season and depart for their four-game road trip feeling really good about themselves. Instead, it turned into their most disappointing defeat of the season so far. Jets...
Avalanche Rookie Makar off to Flying Start

Avalanche Rookie Makar off to Flying Start

November 13th, 2019 DENVER — Cale Makar is on the move these days — into his own place and into hallowed hockey territory. He’s just getting settled in, too. The Colorado Avalanche rookie became only the fourth defenceman in NHL history to record 18 points through his first 18 career regular-season games....

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November 11th, 2019
Column

Hey there, Colorado Avalanche fans, I’m starting a new weekly piece as we move through the 2019-20 season called “Avs Weekly Whiteboard.” Each week, I’ll highlight some of the big plays (positive or negative) that garnered attention from the week’s slate of games. Topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to highlight-reel goals, defensive lapses, and perhaps even seemingly questionable roster or lineup changes. My hope is to use my experience as a player and a coach to give Avalanche fans insight into the mechanics behind those split-second plays or decisions that can make the difference between winning and losing a game. Despite taking a look at Cale Makar's first regular-season goal, last week ended on a bit of a sour note with sloppy defensive play factoring into the Avalanche's losing streak. Since then, the Avs have snapped the streak and are back in the win column. First things first, let's take a look at some of the injuries and line combo...
November 10th, 2019
Avalanche Goaltending

The National Hockey League had a very successful trip to Sweden for the latest edition of the Global Series. Even though the games are over, two lucky fans will be able to own some unique keepsakes from the weekend. Also, we nearly had a goalie goal in Denver and one American Hockey League goaltender had a weekend for the record books. Viking Pride in Global Series Masks The Tampa Bay Lightning made headlines for all the wrong reasons last April. After one of the best regular seasons in NHL history, they were swept out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets. That didn’t stop many experts from picking them to win it all this season, but they caused some concern due to a slow start. Now that October has turned into November, Tampa Bay is playing much better and is starting to climb up the Eastern Conference standings. They traveled to Stockholm, Sweden over the weekend to take part in the Global Series and they are coming home with four...
November 10th, 2019
Long Read

I apologize ahead of time if this goes in a weird direction for hockey. It’s the first thing I have written in two weeks. Writing, for me, comes from the heart. When my heart is hurting, as it is now, it’s hard to write. So please bear with me as I share the journey of the past couple weeks with you and one of the reasons why I love hockey. I enjoy hockey – all the activity on the ice, the skill and athleticism as well as the grace, the sound of the skates on the ice, the players talking to each other, the hitting. One of the things I grew most fond of, was the fighting. Not the sucker punch, cheap, off the puck stuff. I liked the old school “you messed with my teammate, time to pay the piper” kind of fight. Whatever squabbles or injustices there were, they were settled on the ice. By the end of the game, everyone shook hands and moved on. There is beauty in that simplicity. Background Before the Game But my life, and the lives of my children, took a sudden turn...
November 10th, 2019
Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche not only outshot (45-24), outscored (9-4) and outplayed the Nashville Predators on Nov. 7, they set some records too. They scored six goals in eight minutes, which is a franchise record for the club. Joonas Donskoi scored his first career NHL hat trick. T.J. Tynan notched his first NHL assist. Colorado Avalanche Joonas Donskoi is stopped by Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) It was a wild game, to say the least. This injury-riddled team came out on fire and kept the inferno blazing throughout the game.  Head coach Jared Bednar changed up lines again, but something sparked in this game. "We were on pucks early, good intensity, playing the right way, real purpose to our game, and the next line followed it up,” Bednar told NHL.com correspondent Rick Sadowski. “I liked our first period and I liked our second period. Third period, it's tough to stay on the gas."  Six Goals in Eight Minutes The...