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The View From The Top of The Peak!
By: Scott A. Strande
It’s taken more than a full year, but I am finally back in a National Hockey League Arena! With the COVID-19 restrictions and craziness of the past 365 plus days, indeed I feel lucky and privileged and most of all thankful to the Colorado Avalanche organization for granting my credential request.
Ok let’s talk hockey… or at least I will write and hopefully you will find it entertaining enough to read and tell your friends. In July, Ice Time Hockey SW made the decision to add Colorado to our coverage area and despite the pandemic, we have been welcomed with open arms, thank you all.
Today, the start of our Colorado Avalanche coverage begins in earnest and we couldn’t be more thrilled. To be able to see their battle with the Arizona Coyotes whom they lost to Monday night in this very building, in person is simply a long time in the works.
There are so, many topics to talk about, however none bigger than the return of Nathan MacKinnon. The leader and offensive sniper is exactly what the Avalanche need right now as the look to start a push to the top of the Honda West Division.
With a 13-8-2 mark coming into game number 24 and five points out of first place the Avalanche are need of that push. Tonight’s game is the fourth of nine straight at home and no better time to start the winning streak.
It turns out the Avalanche used the return of Mac to secure a hard fought victory over Arizona in overtime, but will it, can it propel them to the top of the Honda West. Albeit the game winner
came from captain Gabriel Landeskog with just 38 seconds remaining in the extra period, it was clear Mac was a driving force.
Colorado put up a staggering 46 shots in the 2-1 victory, while holding Arizona to just 14. The question now remains will the Wednesday night win be the catalyst to a lengthy winning streak that lands the preseason Stanley Cup contenders back on top of the division.
While the COVID protocols continue to take their toll on the National Hockey League, injuries are beginning to mount around the league as well. In Colorado losing two young defensemen in Cale Makar and Bowen Byram has not been easy, but the rest of the defense has stepped up and continued the dominance.
Offensively the Avalanche continue to over power teams with their speed and finesse, but as of late have struggled to finish. Amassing lots of shots, but the ones that find the back of the net are really the only shots that matter. A wise man once told me “you still have to beat the goalie!”
In goal, Philipp Grubauer continues to play well, but even with a 13-7-0 record, 2.05 goals against average and .917 save percentage, many including his head coach believe he will get better as the season moves on.
With game number 24 officially in the record books, the Avalanche have 32 remaining to find their way back to the top, a spot their talent says they belong. Our eyes will be focused on the final 32 as we add the Avalanche to our “home teams!”
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