In search of a win to conclude their three-game road trip the Colorado Avalanche visited the surging Los Angeles Kings and knew this would be the toughest task of the weekend. While they got the game’s first score, the Avalanche ran out of gas and dropped 4-1 to the Kings.
It was a low event first period with each team held to just six shots on goal apiece. The Avalanche got the only tally as Josh Manson extended the defenseman scoring streak and potted his first goal of the season at 12:28. Colorado needed to play more conservative in this back-to-back and it worked to start.
The second period was more of the same except the Kings got the equalizer from Quinton Byfield at 9:03. After 40 minutes of play the Avalanche were still in a position to take points out of a difficult game.
And then the dam broke. The visitors were clearly out of gas and couldn’t hold up to the Kings any longer. What was once a tight checking game was wide open as LA outshot Colorado 23-5 in the period. The Kings got successive goals from Byfield again and then Trevor Moore to put the game away by 14:22 and then Drew Doughty added an empty net goal to arrive at the 4-1 final score.
Much like the rest of the team Cale Makar’s tank ran out as he finally succumbed to the injury he’s seemingly been dealing with all season. Time will tell if just a one-game absence will be enough to get him ready to go again or if his absence will extend.
Sam Malinski was used in Makar’s place and he performed well in his second career NHL game. Malinski saw 18 minutes of time on ice which interestingly was more than the third pair of Jack Johnson and Caleb Jones saw.
While this was a “schedule loss” on paper it was exacerbated by the fact that the top line and power play unit have been running on fumes for weeks. Also the fact that neither a forward nor the power play have scored in over two games shouldn’t be a surprising outcome and have contributed to the recent losses.
A rematch with the Anaheim Ducks to begin a five-game home stand on Tuesday, December 5th at 7 p.m. MT.