It seemed like the Avalanche were starting to snowball in the wrong direction, dropping the final three games of their homestand and then getting rolled over by the Tampa Bay Lightning in game one of their road trip.
Saturday night was a welcome turn-around, though, with a decisive win over the Florida Panthers.
Colorado saw starter Semyon Varlamov bail the team out on more than one occasion, but managed to take advantage of some opportune scoring to walk away with a 7-3 victory for their second leg of the Florida trip. [Mile High Hockey]
He went down with an injury midway through the game, but congrats to veteran blue liner Erik Johnson! Saturday was his 400th game dressed as an Av, and it looks like there are many more games with them to come. [MHH]
400 games.— Mile High Hockey (@MileHighHockey) December 9, 2017
Here’s to 400 more in Denver for Erik Johnson: pic.twitter.com/nncRkrJ7mB
Out west, the Arizona Coyotes have had a miserable schedule so far this year. As one of the league’s youngest teams, they’ve barely had a day to practice - and they don’t appreciate it very much. [Five For Howling]
Brad Marchand is back from injury, and he’s rolling again - the undersized Boston forward already has 11 goals and 23 points, and he’s only played in 19 games and counting. On Saturday, though, he may have cooked his own goose, and there could be another suspension headed his way because of it. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
This has nothing to do with hockey, but Houston got some snowfall this week, so enjoy:
People in Houston get .6 centimeters of snow and don’t know how to act smh pic.twitter.com/ixSCxzke6u— JJ♠️™ (@YeYey_Zapata) December 8, 2017
Finally, from earlier in the week: Alex Galchenyuk still can’t stay away from the trouble corner, as he’s just been benched by head coach Claude Julien in a recent game for an on-ice gaffe. Was that the right move, though? [Habs Eye on the Prize]