Oilers' McDavid, Avs' MacKinnon, Panthers'  Yandle Named NHL's 3 Stars

Oilers' McDavid, Avs' MacKinnon, Panthers' Yandle Named NHL's 3 Stars

November 18th, 2019 NEW YORK — Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon and Florida Panthers defenceman Keith Yandle are the NHL three stars of the week. McDavid led the league with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in three games, including a six-point game...
Avalanche Face Biggest Foe – Injuries

Avalanche Face Biggest Foe – Injuries

November 17th, 2019 The Colorado Avalanche rolled to a hot start as the hockey season began. Even when the lines were working on timing issues with the new players, the team found ways to win. Then, their true enemy entered the scene – the injury bug. Since it first appeared, each game has become a battle between...

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November 13th, 2019
Avalanche Goaltending

There are a lot of great ways to make your NHL debut, but to do it with a 40-save shutout is up near the top. Plus, today is a very historic day for goalies. We'll dive into it all in today's goalie news. Francouz Hurt, Werner's Big Night When the Colorado Avalanche drafted Adam Werner in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft, they likely couldn't have envisioned his NHL debut playing out quite how it did. Tonight, he made that debut just over three years after the team drafted him, coming on in emergency relief of team backup Pavel Francouz. The Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele accidentally plowed through Francouz, who himself is playing instead of the injured Philipp Grubauer, just 31 seconds into the game, and suddenly, Werner was on the stage. Goaltender Adam Werner of the Colorado Avalanche (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) It was a terrifying injury for Francouz, who appeared to be knocked out cold. But there wasn't any time for the Avalanche to collect...
November 13th, 2019
Long Read

The Colorado Avalanche proved resilient in the past week. Despite crucial injuries and questionable calls, there was plenty of action. The Avalanche plowed their way back into a playoff spot through 17 games despite adversity. The team has turned the catchphrase ‘next man up’ into their daily mantra. It was a busy week with plenty of drama full of good, bad, AND ugly. Good – Makar, Ending a Bad Streak, and Plenty of Points 1. The NHL named rookie defenseman Cale Makar their third Star of the Week. He scored three goals and three assists over three games putting him in a tie for NHL leading scoring among defensemen. He also leads ALL rookies in scoring with 17 points over 17 regular-season games. He also sits in third place among ALL NHL defensemen in scoring. That’s a pretty lofty achievement. It just proves that sometimes when you lose a lottery, you actually win. Thanks, NHL lottery system! A gift basket may be in your...
November 13th, 2019
Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG — Adam Werner made 40 saves in his NHL debut and Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 on Tuesday for their third straight victory. Werner's shutout is shared with Pavel Francouz, who started in net for the Avalanche but only lasted 31 seconds after getting injured.  Francouz was run into by an off-balance Mark Scheifele and fell back and hit his head on the ice. He went to the dressing room and the 22-year-old native of Sweden stepped between the pipes for his first NHL game. Rookie defenceman Cale Makar opened the scoring for the Avalanche (11-5-2). Joonas Donskoi had a goal and two assists and Matt Calvert contributed a pair of assists. Makar now has 18 points in 18 games to lead all NHL rookies. The Calgary native is also on a four-game point streak with four goals and three assists. Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports) It was the first time...
November 11th, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs

NEW YORK — Ottawa goaltender Anders Nilsson, Toronto centre Auston Matthews and Colorado defenceman Cale Makar are the NHL three stars of the week. Nilsson stopped 96 of the 101 shots he faced, compiling a 3-0-0 record, 1.64 goals-against average and .950 save percentage for the Senators. Ottawa Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson makes a save as Ottawa Senators defenceman Christian Wolanin and New York Islanders centre Valtteri Filppula battle (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand) Matthews factored on nine of his team's 11 goals last week, leading all players with nine points (two goals, seven assists) in four games. Makar tied for the NHL lead among defencemen in goals and points last week with three goals and three assists in three games. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 11, 2019. The Canadian Press ...