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Morning Flurries: Avalanche get smarter but still can’t figure out the Predators

Another trip to Nashville, another loss for the Avalanche

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

After going 0-5 against the Nashville Predators last season, Avalanche fans were hoping that a new energy around this team could change things this year. So far it hasn’t. The Avs went to Nashville and lost their most lopsided game of the season. The team looked flat and just flat out didn’t play the same style of game that made them so successful during their wins at home.

They were badly outshot, took far too many penalties and weren’t able to take advantage of their own powerplays. I looked like 2016 again. Here is a full breakdown of the game.

The team now heads home for a matchup against the Blues before having a four-day break.

Off the ice, the organization made some news as we found out that they have hired Dawson Sprinings to work as an analytics analyst in a multi-sport capacity for Kroenke Sports.

Some more good news for Avs prospect Ty Lewis, he was named to Team WHL for the Canada-Russia Series.

Around the NHL

In Tampa Bay, Nikita Kucherov is making history. He became one of only six players to score a goal in each of his first seven games of a season. This is a feat achieved by names like Gretzky, Lemiuex, and Bossy. Kucherov is probably the most underrated superstar in the NHL and he’s proving just how good he can be. Let’s see how long the hot streak will go.

It looks like the Vancouver Canucks are going to have some help with the tank as it was announced yesterday that Loui Eriksson will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee.

Last night Bob McKenzie mentioned that talks between the Detroit Red Wings and Andreas Athanasiou have picked back up and the two sides might be getting closer to a contract agreement.