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Morning Flurries: Avalanche head East

The Avalanche look to stay hot as they head east for back-to-back games

New York Rangers v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The homestand is over, now it’s time for the Colorado Avalanche to prove they can keep the winning ways going on the road. The 6-game trip starts with back-to-backs in Toronto and Montreal today and tomorrow.

The win streak is up to nine, double digits would be quite nice.

Not only are the Avalanche winning, they’re doing it with a very exciting brand of hockey. THey’re scoring a ton of goals. The Avs are currently the third best offensive team in hockey. Here is a look at how Nathan MacKinnon has turned the team into an offensive juggernaut. [MHH]

The Canadian hockey media is finally starting to pay attention to the Avs, and all it took was a nine-game winning streak - and a trip to Toronto. [Sportsnet]

Nail Yakupov continues to be the most entertaining man in Denver:

Around the hockey world

We are now into late January and the best team in the NHL is the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. Just the way we all predicted. [NHL dot com]

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been struggling lately and are in desperate need of help on their back end. They have long been linked to Tyson Barrie trade talks, now fans in Toronto are starting to bring up Barrie as a potential target. [PensionPlanPuppets]

I’ll end with some incredibly sad news about a key figure in the hockey world. Yesterday morning, USA HOcjey announced that Jim Johannson had passed away. Johannson has been working with USA hockey for decades and was an integral part of turning the USNDTP into the powerhouse it is today. He was also the general manager of Team USA that will be competing at the Olympics next month. He was only 53 years old.