Colorado has Lost Their Streak
The Avalanche didn’t lose a game in 2018 until January 23rd.
That’s ten games in a row since December 29th when the Avs rocked Toronto at home 4-3 in OT. That’s also the league high win streak for the 2017-2018 season.
As always, friendly reminder that the team went 22-56-4 last year.
The team has had a handful of standout players, including backup goalie Jonathan Bernier, who was in net for nine of those 10 wins. In typical Avalanche nature, starting goalie Semyon Varlamov has been out for the last few weeks with a lower-body injury. Bernier has had to step in and step up to bat for the Avs, posting a 14-8-1 season record and a .920 save percentage. He made 36 saves in the Avs 4-2 loss to Montreal. Bernier also became NHL’s 2nd Star of the Week for the week of January 8th, with a .957 save % and a 3-0-0 record.
Bernie is a brick-wall goalie and will be a huge help to the Avalanche in the rest of the season, especially if Varly can’t recover from his injuries.
Nathan MacKinnon. His name is a sentence in and of itself – he’s just that good. In the Avalanche’s ten game streak, MacKinnon had 19 points. Since being the November player of the month in the NHL, Mac has made a name for himself scoring left and right and being absolutely lethal on the team’s top line. This kid currently holds the NHL’s longest active point streak and sits right behind #1 Nikita Kucherov in points; Kucherov with 61 and MacKinnon with a respective 60. This past week, he was NHL’s first star by scoring four goals and recording two assists.
The unstoppable MacKinnon is accompanied in his victories by line mate Mikko Rantanen. In the team’s ninth win, each player recorded a goal and an assist to lead the team to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers. Rantanen and Landeskog with MacKinnon is a deadly combination for goalies alike across the league. Erik Johnson has also proven himself incredibly useful on defense as well as offense, scoring a goal himself in the victory.
Last night, the team lost 4-2 in Montreal to end their streak. The team lost because they were tired and to put it simply – they were outplayed. The Canadiens played the better game last night, and Colorado fell down, but they won’t stay down for long. The team plays division rival St. Louis on Thursday – a ranking deciding game with STL just two points above the Avs. This red-hot central division team of Colorado is inching their way into a playoff spot and NHL fans should be ready for a fight from this team.