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The Burgundy Breakdown (March 28, 2016)

Welcome to the latest edition of The Burgundy Breakdown, which covers the last week in action revolving the Colorado Avalanche.

Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

After four straight games in Canada, and a 3-1 tally, and three days off, the Avalanche returned home looking to stay strong in the playoff picture. The Avs were at home against the Philadelphia Flyers, and had to play without two of their best players, Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon. Despite this, the Avalanche started strong, with goals from Nick Holden and John Mitchell in the 2nd and 3rd periods, respectively. The Avalanche led 2-1 in the third, but the Flyers put three in the net in that final frame, giving the Flyers a 4-2 road victory.

Saturday was the big head-to-head matchup between the Avalanche and Wild, the final meeting of the regular season. This was the Avalanche’s chance to get back on track and pull to within one point of the Wild, but the team could not get it done. After a scoreless first, the Wild scored two goals each in the 2nd and 3rd, with two of the four goals scored by Zach Parise, who last plagued the Avs on opening day with a hat trick. The Avalanche were blanked by Devyn Dubnyk and the Wild, 4-0, putting them in a sizable hole with under two weeks left in the regular season.colorado

With seven games remaining, the Avalanche are five points out of a playoff spot. It doesn’t help the Avs that they have the toughest remaining schedule in the NHL, and that Duchene and MacKinnon will miss two more games. The Avs play on back-to-back nights on the road:  in Nashville (tonight) and St. Louis (Tuesday). After that, the Avalanche return home to face the Capitals, who have the league’s best record, on Friday, and will host the Blues on Sunday.

Until next week!

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