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Morning Flurries: Penalties sink Avalanche, Flyers riding high

The Avalanche take home another loss, but the formerly-floundering Flyers are on cloud nine

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another night, another loss.

The Colorado Avalanche dropped another game on Thursday, losing their fourth straight in the opening night of their Florida road trip.

It wasn’t altogether surprising to see Colorado drop a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who remain one of the hottest teams in the NHL through the start of December. But after dropping their final three games at home and losing Gabriel Landeskog for a handful of their contests, there was hope that they’d put up more of a fight than a 5-2 final score. [Mile High Hockey]

Meanwhile, another formerly loss-friendly team has finally started to turn things around. With their 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers moved to three straight wins and a sweep of Western Canada. [Sons of Penn]

Speaking of Vancouver, there’s some bad news for the BC club. It was reported on Thursday morning that up-and-coming center Bo Horvat is out with a broken foot, leaving their center depth starkly depleted. [Canucks Army]

Oh, and how about this comeback for San Jose?

Finally, if you subscribe to The Athletic, you should take the time to read Sunaya Sapurji’s new seven-part series, covering the development of hockey across seven different countries. [The Athletic NHL]