Devils out skate the Avalanche to win 5–3

  

The Colorado Avalanche lost their second game in a row. In the game against the New Jersey Devils tonight, they had only temporary control. The Devils corralled Nathan MacKinnon for most of the game. He tried playing his game. It did not work. A scoreless game for him is unusual. Concrete skates seemed to play for a big part of the game. Whilst two quick goals helped tie the score, it wasn’t enough.

Takeaways

— Throughout a lot of tonight’s game the Avalanche’s skates seemed full of concrete. Not only the defensive core, but most of the players struggled to keep their feet moving. Did the long break contribute to it, or the fact they played last night? Only the players will know. Whatever the reason, it created problems, giving the Devils more opportunities than they needed.

— Winning faceoffs was an enormous problem for the Avalanche. When you only win 35 percent of the face offs, you cannot hope to win a game. Face off wins create puck possession. Not winning the puck draw gives your opposition an advantage. An advantage the Avalanche did not need to give the Devils tonight.

— There were stand out players. Samuel Girard, Josh Manson, Artturi Lehkonen. The second line of Logan O’Connor, Ross Colton and Miles Wood again made their presence felt. Zach Parise did his part in only his second game with the Avalanche.

— Whilst Justus Annunen was tighter in net than in his previous NHL start, it is clear to say the Avalanche have a back up goaltender problem. Annunen let in five of 31 shots. We cannot blame a lack of defensive support for all of them.

Conclusion

The Avalanche’s playoff hopes hinge on certain players improving their game. The defensive game is still lacking. Other players must step up for the Avalanche when the top line is shut down. Depending on only Alexandar Georgiev, in net is unfeasible. The back up goaltender situation needs to be addressed. With a day off to regroup the Avalanche next face the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday That won’t be an easy match.

 

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    The Colorado Avalanche lost their second game in a row. In the game against the New Jersey Devils tonight, they had only temporary control. The Devils
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