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Colorado Avalanche: News From Around the NHL October 13th, 2014

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Remember the O Canada signer that fell while singing the anthem? He mocked himself.

But moments into the performance, Donnelly tripped over the red ceremonial carpet and fell flat on his face. However, he managed to keep singing throughout the spill, get up and finish the song.

On Saturday night, at the Vancouver Canucks game, where Donnelly is regularly the anthem singer, he was pictured before he took to the ice with a pair of skates around his neck.

Why are enforcers no longer as widespread in the NHL?

Some, such as long-time enforcer Krys Barch, theorize that the demographics of the game are changing, with different types of players in the sport than there were even 10 years ago.

He also wonders if the league’s lawyers are involved – in his own kind of anti-enforcer conspiracy theory – given the many concussion-related lawsuits that have been filed over the past several months.

Others blame hockey’s new obsession with analytics for pushing general managers to fill all 12 or 13 of their forward roster spots with more skill, as has been the case with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who put their two veteran enforcers on waivers earlier this week in a stark departure from previous regimes.

Westgarth, a Princeton graduate who played for the Calgary Flames last season and had originally planned to be an orthopedic surgeon before fighting his way up through the minor leagues, says he isn’t willing to pin it down to any one thing.

Are the Avs playing "too fancy"?

"Five on five, we were the best team on the ice," Roy told the Denver Post after Saturday's loss. "If we play like this, I'm not worried.

"If we continue to work like we did tonight, we will start scoring goals. We'll be fine. I know the name of the game is winning hockey games. But we did so many things well tonight. Our confidence should grow."

There's no doubt this team can score, and can figure it out. But this slump is part of a larger trend that extends back to the preseason, where they had 10 goals in eight games.