When the Colorado Avalanche got set to start their 2018-19 season, it was expected that they would see a bit of a drop-off from the year prior.
Although the Avalanche certainly weren’t going to be as bad as their league-worst 2016-17 campaign, the team exceeded all expectations when they jumped from the basement back into the postseason last year — and without a first overall pick to do it, to boot.
Now, they were expected to fall back to earth. And in theory, they’ve done that, although things are starting to snowball a bit.
The Avalanche have dropped their last five straight and six of their last seven, winning just one game (a 6-3 victory against the hapless Ottawa Senators) since they took home a 4-1 win over the Flyers on October 22nd. It’s been two and a half weeks since the team won, and just shy of three weeks since they played their last game of a three-game win streak in mid October.
Is it hopeless at this point? Not at all. Thanks to days off for Anaheim and St. Louis and losses for Arizona, Vegas, and Chicago on Saturday, Colorado has yet to fall out of that first spot outside of the Wild Card race.
The team will be facing the second Wild Card team on Sunday, though, and all of St. Louis, Arizona, and Vegas are playing, as well. So if they hope to keep things from getting too out of hand, it’s hard to imagine they don’t need a win.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Last season, Carey Price reportedly suffered from chronic fatigue to start the year. This season, though, Price has come out and all but admitted that it’s not necessarily something technical anymore. Here’s a look from a goaltender on what that means. [Sportsnet]
In more goalie news, the league still hasn’t figured out how to bring back 80’s scoring — so they’re shrinking down more gear:
Per what’s been reported as a “Prototype Smaller Catch Glove that’s in discussion for next season”— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) November 10, 2018
It’s not opinion - I speak from factual science and experience.
Last time @nhl reduced diameter by only 3” to 45” Me,Brodeur,Kolzig needed surgery for ruptured biceps tendon. pic.twitter.com/5bfq78rYo3
We’ve also got an incredible look at how Martin St. Louis reacted to his career at the HHOF ring ceremony. [Raw Charge]
Finally, the whole Uber thing in Ottawa is silly and hopefully we’ll move past it soon.
But... not before this video:
Victor Hedman's Powerplay Goal ft. Chris Wideman pic.twitter.com/vGzqqnzk3w— Capital Gains (@Capital_Gains65) November 11, 2018
I’m sorry, I’m sorry. (I’m not sorry.)
Oh, and speaking of not being sorry, we’ve got another pro team reminding us that a group of college students got murdered in a bar this past week.
Had you put it out of your mind already? Definitely not sorry. Here you go: