2020 Qualifying Round Could Help Murray, Crawford & Bobrovsky
NHL goaltending is an extremely stressful job. Your stellar play can steal games, and you can become an icon for your team, living as a legend in fans’ memories. Or, your poor performance can draw the ire of an entire fan base who makes you a scapegoat (justly or unjustly) for their team’s shortcomings. Without […]
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Nathan MacKinnon’s Quest for a 100-Point Season
Since 2013, seven NHL players have scored at least 100 points in the regular season: Sidney Crosby (2013-14, 2018-19), Patrick Kane (2015-16, 2018-19), Connor McDavid (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19), Claude Giroux (2017-18), Nikita Kucherov (2017-18, 2018-19), Leon Draisaitl (2018-19, 2019-20), and Brad Marchand (2018-19). One NHL superstar, perhaps the most electrifying player in the game, is […]
8 Players to Watch in the 2020 NHL Playoffs
The NHL playoffs are perhaps the most grueling postseason in professional sports, normally lasting from April to June. This year, though the NHL playoff format will differ from typical seasons, it will maintain the same difficult length. Commissioner Gary Bettman stated, “Obviously, we anticipate playing over the summer and into the early fall.” Should playoffs […]
3 Bold Predictions for the NHL Playoffs
If you have not been living under a rock, you will have heard or read or seen that the NHL announced its return to play format. 24 teams will resume play if and when the league receives the green light. Now, as Commissioner Gary Bettman aptly observed during the announcement conference, every fan can find […]
Top 5 Disappointing Players of 2019-20
NHL players have immense skill and playmaking ability, and often this combination produces jaw-dropping highlights and impressive statistics. David Pastrnak had 48 goals in 70 games, while Mika Zibanejad had an astonishing 41 in 57. Leon Draisaitl averaged almost an assist per game with 67 in 71. Players like Pastrnak and Draisaitl are superstars meeting […]
Gabriel Landeskog: The NHL’s Most Underrated Leader
By almost every metric, Gabriel Landeskog is an elite and successful hockey player. Drafted second overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2011, he has since posted 460 points in 633 games. He won the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie in 2012. On the international stage, he has won two gold medals at the […]
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9 Stanley Cup Stories: The Long Road to NHL Glory
Often described as the most difficult trophy to win in sports, the Stanley Cup captures the dreams of players from childhood. For all who claim Lord Stanley, the dream comes true after years of hard work: countless hours driving to practice, training outside the rink, and honing skills on the ice. But the path to […]
Panthers’ Mike Hoffman: Worth the Past & Future Costs
Before I write too much, I have to admit that I am a huge fan of Mike Hoffman. He can score at an elite level, posting 20-plus goals for six straight seasons. Need him to pass the puck? No problem. He has racked up 30-plus assists for five consecutive seasons as well. His superior scoring […]
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11 Exciting Avalanche Prospects
While we would love to see NHL stars return to the ice, prospects can shine a light into the future during these metaphorically dark and trying hockey times. The Colorado Avalanche have a deep prospect pool, filled with players that could make a talented, successful team even better. Imagine it now: a young Alex Newhook […]
Arizona State Hockey: Dominic Garcia Talks Canceled Season
Arizona State University accomplished an impressive feat: the school transformed a highly successful ACHA men’s ice hockey team into a competitive Division I NCAA program, attracting top talent from across North America. In their fifth year, the Sun Devils have established themselves as perennial National Championship contenders. During the 2019-20 season, ASU earned an impressive […]
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Avs’ 1st Round Draft Picks 2014-18: Where Are They Now?
First-round draft picks are an opportunity for teams to transform their organization, especially when generational talents are on the line. Some players achieve or even surpass their potential while others never pan out. Between 2014 and 2018, the Colorado Avalanche have taken five players in the first round, and, of these, four are current NHL […]
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NHLPA’s Player Poll: McDavid, Crosby, Marchand, and More
The NHL’s Players’ Association released its annual Player Poll yesterday. If you are not familiar with the poll, it asks NHL players a wide variety of NHL related questions, ranging from the best forward to the best trash talker. This year, the survey questioned almost 600 players, and their responses provide both valuable insight into […]
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Top 5 Players Wasting Their Best Years
The National Hockey League boasts the most skilled hockey players in the entire world. Often, these superstars achieve success proportionate to their immense talent: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, and Drew Doughty. Then there are the players that individually thrive but have yet to taste playoff success with their respective teams, or their teams’ […]
Avalanche Benefit from Suspended NHL Season
As you surely know by now, the NHL has suspended the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus outbreak. This decision, of course, reflects the best interests of players, team staff, fans, and everyone engaged with the hockey community. However, from a hockey standpoint, the paused season benefits some teams more than others. The Philadelphia Flyers, for […]
Avalanche’s Samuel Girard Delivering
With over 220 games under his belt, it’s easy to forget that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard is only 21 years old. His NHL experience at such a young age has contributed to his steady improvement over three seasons. Now, he has become a staple on the team’s blue line. He has not only increased […]
Avalanche Getting What They Traded for in Grubauer
The Colorado Avalanche have had an extremely strong and successful season to date. Goaltending has been an indispensable component of the Avalanche’s climb to the top of the standings. Starter Philipp Grubauer and backup Pavel Francouz form a formidable one-two punch in net that allows the Avalanche to capitalize on their speed and offensive talent. […]
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Avalanche’s Offense the Best in the Central Division
The Colorado Avalanche boast one of the most explosive offenses in the NHL. Led by two of the most dynamic forwards, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, the Avalanche have taken steps to bolster their frontend to complement the deadly duo. The Avalanche have certainly seemed to find their stride, sitting only two points behind the […]
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Avs’ Francouz Is Looking a Bit Like Binnington
Last season, Jordan Binnington seemingly appeared out of nowhere, carrying the St. Louis Blues to their first-ever Stanley Cup. This season, Pavel Francouz’s rise and success for the Colorado Avalanche have uncanny similarities to Binnington’s story. Francouz’s incredible goaltending has contributed significantly to the Avalanche’s success, and, with the injury to Philipp Grubauer, his value […]
Avalanche’s Offensive Additions Paying Off
The Colorado Avalanche entered the offseason needing to add depth to their offense. Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and Mikko Rantanen formed arguably the most potent line in the NHL. The Avalanche struggled, however, to complement that talent with scoring from the second, third, and fourth lines. They made a few moves, some quieter than others, […]
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