The question on everyone’s lips is can the Avalanche bring back Lord Stanley’s Cup for a third time?
Eventually we have the second part of a planned series of articles in which we chronicle the “EIHL Cult Heroes”, players who have left a long standing impact on us hockey fans in the Elite League. We had former Nottingham Panthers and Braehead Clan (as they were then known as) winger Jade Galbraith as our first entry. Who is going to be the second one; read on and find out.
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.
Liam Kirk will be attending the Arizona Coyotes rookie training camp this month, also representing the Coyotes at a rookie tournament in Las Vegas.
Kirk, who was a seventh round pick of the Coyotes in this summers draft, will fly out to Las Vegas for a three-day tournament against the prospects of the Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche.
Here is an update on the comings and goings of the Avalanche. Over the past week, the Avalanche ink three players destined for the AHL Colorado Eagles team and a new head coach was also announced for the new Affiliate team.
It’s been a few weeks since my last update on the Colorado Avalanche so here is the latest news.
BREAKING NEWS: Just announced by Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post has revealed that goaltender Philipp Grubauer and veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik will be going to the Colorado Avalanche.