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Additionally, Sutton fails to make full-body contact – the primary point of contact is the head. When we consider these factors, it’s difficult to believe that Sutton will avoid a suspension. When we compare his hit to the explanatory video provided by the NHL above, it seems highly probable that Sutton will be suspended.
For how long? Given the emphasis the NHL has put on Rule 48 this season, and Sutton’s prior record, I suspect he’ll be gone for five games. We will know for sure on Monday.
Puck Daddy talks about ten surprising stats that "won't last".
4. The Colorado Avalanche have the league's best powerplay; they're converting at a 30% rate.
Last season, the Avalanche powerplay converted 18.5% of the time, good for 11th in the NHL. Meanwhile, the league's best powerplay was successful 24.3% of the time. In short, don't expect the Avalanche to keep scoring on 3 of 10 man advantages.
But feel free to expect them to remain better than last season, as this powerplay is a much different and much better one. Erik Johnson(notes) is beginning to show that he's a natural powerplay quarterback and Kyle Quincey(notes) has refound his game after missing most of 2011 with a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, David Jones(notes) is doing excellent work down low.
A recap of the game, this is the interesting stats.
Avalanche F Gabriel Landeskog finished with four goals in October, one short of the club's rookie record for the month set by Marek Svatos in 2005-06. ... Colorado C Peter Mueller misses his fifth straight game and seventh overall with a head injury. ... Jarret Stoll's assist in the first period was his 299th career point.