The Avs are in Minnesota to take on old friends the Wilds after a wonderful shootout win on Friday night versus the Bloos. The light at the end of the tunnel looms as the season comes to a close one week from tonight.
Tyson Jost made his NHL debut to the delight of us all on Friday but JT Compher stole the show. Remember, we like young & fast. Old & slow is bad. This could turn out to be a week that leaves a savory taste in our mouths over the summer after a bitter and poisonous 6 months.
Game time is 6pm in the East, 4pm in the motherland. Watch for the game thread later on.
The beloved Rampage are on a bit of a downturn due to injuries, lack of depth, lack of scoring and the usual stuff that’s put them in the basement all year. The Stockton Heat took 2 out of 2 in San Antonio this weekend. Chris Bigras was out with LBI along with AJ Greer, who got taken out by friendly fire on Friday night. Troy Bourke and Turner Elson were also missing and that’s a lot to overcome.
A bright spot was Avs 6th rounder from 2013 Big Ben Storm making his pro debut last night along with ATO from the University of Vermont Brady Shaw. Storm showed well, screening the net on a goal and getting a shot on net. Also earned the trust of the staff to get a couple d-zone starts late in the game. Shaw was pretty impressive, got a couple shots of his own and had the foresight to get on the backcheck to neutralize several odd man rushes. Both guys earned another game if nothing else. Note on Shaw, his pops is an assistant with the Blue Jackets so we know where the Avs got the idea now.
Nic Meloche’s Islanders swept Baie-Comeau and are resting up for Round 2
J-C Beaudin’s Huskies looked dead in the water on Friday night, down by 2 with 4 minutes to go. Beaudin started a couple plays that got them tied somehow and Rouyn-Noranda prevailed in the early seconds of the third OT. Game 6 is back home for RN tomorrow night.
Travis Barron’s Ottawa 67’s remain alive despite the loss of the captain from a vicious head slam on the ice by Nick Hague. Barron is ok and traveled with the team to today’s game 6 but won’t play.
Josh Anderson and the PG Cougars dropped game 5 vs the Winterhawks last night at home and face elimination tomorrow night in Portland.
Once again, Steph Ryan & I will get together for a little Avs chat this afternoon. We like questions and discussion topics from our dear readers & listeners so if there’s something on your mind let it rip in the thread below and we’ll do our best to get to it.
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Enjoy your Sunday and load up on hotdogs & beer for the Wilds game.