The Cardiff Devils finish up their 2018/19 Champions Hockey League campaign over the next week as they face the Växjö Lakers at the Vida Arena tonight, before returning home to play host to the reigning SHL champions at Ice Arena Wales next week.
Cardiff are already out of contention for advancing to the next round of the competition after four losses to open their campaign in August and September, but they were never outmatched in their first games against SC Bern and Red Bull Salzburg, keeping the score lines close and even forcing overtime against Bern when they hosted them at IAW.
The NHL season has well and truly started and the Colorado Avalanche have played 2 and won 2.
Colorado Avalanche v Minnesota Wild
In their first match the Avalanche faced off against rivals the Minnesota Wild and after the Wild took the lead through Parise at 6:14, it took a further 6 mins to get the tying goal through a beautiful move by Carl Soderberg, as he placed the puck up and over the glove of the Wild netminder.
In to the second period and just after the half way mark Mikko storms down the wing as Nathan MacKinnon charges towards the middle of the goal. As soon as he taps his stick Rantanen picks him out with a perfect pass and it’s 2-1 Colorado.
In to the third and with only 1 penalty for each team it was back and forth action with both netminders making some quality saves but in the end with two empty net goals the Avalanche pulled off the 4-1 win in their home opener.
Colorado Avalanche v Philadelphia Flyers
In the Avalanches second match of the season, again at home, they came out flying against the Philadelphia Flyers as Colin Wilson scored at 1:35 mark, but the Flyers came back to tie the game at 7:30 with a goal from Couturier and then the Avalanche re-took the lead. J.T Compher scored before the end of the first, so the Avalanche were leading 2-1 at the first break.
In to the 2nd and bit of a scrappy period with 12 minutes in penalties. The Flyers would equalize through Vorobyov but yet again the Avalanche would not be behind for long as captain Gabriel Landeskog would give the Avalanche the lead again end of the 2nd and it was 3-2 Colorado.
The 3rd was a tight affair but the Avalanche managed to add another 2 goals to their tally and come away with the 5-2 victory and a perfect start to the season.
With the announcement of the Philadelphia Flyers new mascot Gritty, something of a debate occurred on the CTP group chat; which EIHL team has the best mascot?
I am unqualified to make this decision. All mascots are valid, and bring joy and entertainment to thousands at each game. However, in the words of hit movie Highlander; “There can only be one!”. Who’s mascot will come out on top? What exactly is Lightening Jack?
And just how many people can I make angry in one post? Let’s go!
Time again to get those creative writing juices flowing once more and to write about the Steelers. It has certainly been a week and a bit over here in Steelerland, a week that again won’t be remembered for the right reasons. Remember though, these are my own personal views and not that of the Sheffield Steelers.
With Fife’s hopes of achieving a higher position in the Challenge Cup diminished by the Clan and no further CC games to play, they can fully concentrate on what matters most – racking in those league points and defending their Gardiner Conference title.
The Toronto Maple Leafs improved to 2-1-0, following a thrilling 7-6 OT win over the Chicago Blackhawks. However, one leaf wasn’t there to celebrate. William Nylander is still in Sweden as contract negotiations between his camp and the team seem to have met a brick wall, but which side will blink first?