St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche: Division Un-Rivalry?

St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche: Division Un-Rivalry?

January 22nd, 2020 The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche are now split with two home wins each. It's quite a different picture from the Blues' sweep of the Avalanche last season. Although they're division rivals and should have a heated presence when they play each other, they actually don’t. Neither team...
Avalanche: Predicting André Burakovsky's Next Contract

Avalanche: Predicting André Burakovsky's Next Contract

January 21st, 2020 Drafted 23rd overall by the Washington Capitals in 2013, and acquired by the Colorado Avalanche in June 2019 for a 2020 second-round pick, 2020 third-round pick, and the signing rights to Scott Kosmachuk, André Burakovsky has now settled into a role in the Avalanche's top six. At the time of...

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January 15th, 2020
Dallas Stars

DENVER — Esa Lindell scored 1:54 into overtime after Jason Dickinson tied the game late in regulation and the Dallas Stars put the finishing touches on a season series sweep of Colorado by beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night. Lindell found himse...
January 14th, 2020
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news on who the Maple Leafs will count on to replace Morgan Reilly, there is news out of Ottawa when it comes to what the Senators will do with goaltender Craig Anderson and the Edmonton Oilers aren't happy with the Zack Kassian ruling. And, would the New York Rangers actually consider moving Henrik Lundqvist if there was an interested team? Maple Leafs Call Up Another Defenseman In the face of a rash of injuries to the blue line corps, the Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled Timothy Liljegren from the AHL Marlies team. This comes just following news the Maple Leafs were also going to give defenseman Rasmus Sandin another look. HERSHEY, PA - MARCH 15: Toronto Marlies defenseman Timothy Liljegren (7) skates to the puck during the Toronto Marlies vs. the Hershey Bears AHL hockey game March 15, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) With both Morgan Rielly and...
January 13th, 2020
Long Read

After such an incredible start to the season, the Colorado Avalanche have seemingly started to thaw lately, chalking up two wins in their last eight games (2-4-2 record), and three wins in their last 11 (3-6-2 record). Mood around the fanbase is starting to sour, with the fans growing impatient while the losses start to mount. However, how many of these losses are a result of bad play? Has the team suddenly shifted to a new system that is not getting the desired results? In an attempt to investigate the play of the team, I'm going to be looking at three major components of the team's play as of late: their shot differentials (Corsi), expected goal (xG) differential, and the goalies' performance relative to their expected goals against (xGA). All data used in this article is provided by Natural Stat Trick, and the data used is all situations (not just even strength). Overview of the Last 11 Games The Avalanche are a very high scoring team, and at the time of writing this sit...
January 12th, 2020
Long Read

The Colorado Avalanche entered the past decade with a couple of big name players finishing their careers and new additions transitioning into a new era. The blueliners who took tough shifts over the past decade exemplify the kinds of changes the Avalanche experienced. Some were flashy, some were steady, and some took their share of grief in an Avalanche sweater. But all who made the list represent key pieces to the changing character and nature of the team. Honorable Mentions Three players didn’t make the top six but their efforts are worthy of mentioning, whether for their historic significance to the team or their role holding the blue line. Nick Holden Nick Holden played three seasons with the Avalanche, including one seven-game playoff series. He suited up for 214 games for the team, ranking 17th in scoring for franchise defensemen and notching four game winning goals. He took his fair share of heat on the blue line, but he was backstopping the team through some...