Going into the week, the Colorado Avalanche were the only NHL team without a loss in regulation. That changed Monday night as the Avs were bat handily by the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
The St. Louis Blues won the game 3-1 and completely dominated the game from the second period onward. Here is the complete recap for those who missed the game.
Though the loss to a division rival hurts, there is much more concerning news for the Avalanche as Mikko Rantanen left the game with what the team is calling a leg injury. Rantanen got his skate caught in the ice and turned his ankle. He needed to be helped to the dressing room without putting weight on his left foot. When slowed down, the play was pretty ugly and looks like it could have done some damage.
Thoughts are with Mikko Rantanen's leg / ankle / foot right now. If a squeamish @Avalanche fan best look away. Needed help to the room. pic.twitter.com/g1uBpV4ovA— Ben "Avalanche are a scary hockey team" Jones (@BenJonesNow) October 22, 2019
The Avalanche are off today so we aren’t likely to get much of an update until the team assembles for practice on Wednesday. Hopefully there is no structural damage, but if Mikko is out of the lineup for any length of time, it will be a huge loss to the lineup.
In more fun news, here is a Q & A where team captain Gabriel Landeskog discusses his golf rivalry with Nathan MacKinnon as well as how he wants to help the Swedish Women’s national team. [ESPN]
On the prospect side, we had a chance to catch up with 2019 first rounder Alex Newhook as his Boston College Eagles made their way through Colorado this past weekend. [MHH]
Down in Dallas, there were a couple scary stories for Stars players as a tornado whipped though the area. Both Ben Bishop and Tyler Seguin had some serious damage to their homes but luckily everyone is ok. [NHL]
Here is a look at Seguin’s house:
NEW: Before and after images of home near Dallas North Tollway and Royal Lane in North Dallas — that was badly damaged during the tornado tonight. #wfaaweather pic.twitter.com/xGMLhg0TSU— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) October 21, 2019
Finally, in the “sorry, I had to” category, tonight my Toronto Raptors will be raising a championship banner to the rafters of the Scotiabank Arena. As a lifelong Toronto sports fan and Raptors fan since they came into existence when I was 10-years old, this is an inexplicably huge moment. By their very nature, sports bring as much sorrow to their fans as anything else. Winning is incredible rare, so when it happens, it’s something to hold on to and celebrate.
That’s why it’s so fun to see your team win - and why there should be an incredible sense of excitement for the growth of this current Avalanche team. Sports fandom is hard, so we need to enjoy every minute of the climb.
Now, if you need me I’ll be spending the day watching this on a loop: