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via Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Simon Despres played a solid, physical game that was clean but he wound up on the receiving end of a cross check to the head by Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog in the third period. Despres already missed 42 games because of a concussion at the hands of Tyson Barrie on October so he wasn’t happy about the hit at all. Landeskog already has a two-game suspension this season for an illegal check to the head and that could be factored in if supplementary discipline results from it. Looking at the video, it wasn’t a smart play at all and could prove costly to him and Colorado as it fights to get in the playoffs.
from Rob Vollman at NHL.com,
They are locked in a two-team race for the final Western Conference position in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They are both seven points back of the Nashville Predators, who have 75 points in 64 games, for the next highest playoff position and eight points ahead of the Arizona Coyotes and the Vancouver Canucks, who are tied for No. 10 in the Western Conference with 60 points apiece.
Colorado made the greater push at the NHL Trade Deadline, acquiring defenseman Eric Gelinas and forwards Shawn Matthias and Mikkel Boedker, while giving up Alex Tanguay, two prospects, and two draft picks. Minnesota's only significant move was to acquire David Jones from the Calgary Flames for goalie Niklas Backstrom and a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Statistically, the Wild are a stronger team in terms of defensive play and puck possession; the Avalanche have the edge on special teams, the shootout, and many of the intangibles.
Minnesota's Advantage: Defense and Puck Possession
Minnesota's two greatest advantages over Colorado are achieved practically by default. Statistically, the Avalanche rank near the bottom of the League defensively and in terms of puck possession.
Also changed the headlint to reflect the trade.
added 2:33pm, Dallas release is below...
via the Tornonto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the team has acquired the Colorado Avalanche’s fourth-round selection in the 2016 Entry Draft and forward Colin Smith in exchange for forward Shawn Matthias.
Smith, 22, has registered 13 goals and 21 assists in 54 games with Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, this season. In 2013, he was named to the Western Hockey League First All-Star Team after finishing fourth overall in league scoring with 106 points in 72 games with Kamloops. The Edmonton native, who skated in one NHL game with Colorado in 2014-15, was originally selected by the Avalanche in the seventh round (192nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Avs release is below...
Ben Scrivens with a solid sell job last night.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Winnipeg was up 3-1 after Stafford scored on a wrist shot through traffic at 10:37 of the second. Roy lodged a coach's challenge, arguing that Ladd had interviewed with Varlamov. After the post-video ruling that there wasn't goaltender interference and the goal stood, Roy was livid and drew an unsportsmanlike-conduct minor.
"They (said) Varly bumped into their player," Roy said. "I guess we didn't agree on that part. It was a tough call for sure. From my point of view, it's clear that (Ladd) made a step backward, or at least sideways, and that was just enough to prevent Varly from making the save."
more on the Avs 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
The Roy incident starts at the :40 second mark of this highlight package video...
Watch Roy post-game below...
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
Denver is the hockey town that Nashville wants to be when it grows up.
Colorado has Nathan MacKinnon, and the Predators do not.
During the 20 years the Avs have made their home in the Rocky Mountains, they have twice won the Stanley Cup. The NHL opened shop in the Music City for the 1998-99 season, and what has Nashville got to show for it? More heartbreak than the lyrics of a George Jones song. Cry, baby, cry.
With a 5-3 victory Friday, the Avalanche caught the Predators for the final playoff spot, at least for the moment.
Hey, Nashville: Cry, baby, cry....
After lackluster starts by goalie Semyon Varlamov, center Matt Duchene and Roy earlier in the season, the biggest names on this hockey club have picked up their games. Colorado, however, needs more talent. The Avs still seem lacking at the blue line.
As the Predators demonstrated by bagging Johansen with a big deal, hunting season opened early in the NHL this year. The man who oversees the hockey operations of the Avalanche front office is Joe Sakic.
This is a Colorado team that has fought hard, winning the right to be taken seriously as a playoff contender.
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