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The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the Colorado Avalanche recap blog known as The Burgundy Breakdown!

After blanking the Bruins, 4-0, on October 9, the Avalanche played their home opener against the same team on Wednesday, blasting Boston, 6-3. The team picked up a 3-1 victory over the Ducks on Friday the 13th in a game that saw the Avalanche on the power play eight times, but the Avs’ winning ways ended in Dallas the next night, falling 3-1 to the Stars. The Avs suffered two more divisional losses on the following week; losing 4-1 to the Western Conference Champion Predators on the road on the 17th, and a home loss to the Blues two nights later, by a score of 4-3.

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After four days off, the Avalanche returned to action on this past Tuesday, defeating the Stars, 5-3, at home. Matt Nieto raced up a hat trick in the victory, scoring a goal in each period. On Friday, the Avalanche faced off against the expansion and red-hot Vegas Golden Knights, and was on the lower end of a 7-0 drubbing. On the following evening, the Avs got back on track with a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, with two goals and an assist each from Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon, while Jonathan Bernier practically shut down the Hawks. In addition, the Avs went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Not a bad first month for the Avalanche. A 6-5-0 record and 12 points, good enough for second place in the Central at the moment. 34 goals in 11 games, resulting in an average of 3.09 goals per game, and the penalty kill has improved in recent games. Five of the Avs’ six wins were against playoff teams from last year, with one of the five being against a Final Four team (Anaheim). If the Avalanche keep this up, they may be playoff bound, maybe a top 3 divisional finish.

The Avalanche are on another long break, as their next game isn’t until Thursday–a home game against the Carolina Hurricanes. After that, it’s back-to-back road games in Philadelphia (Saturday) and Brooklyn (Sunday).

That’s the Burgundy Breakdown! Until next week!

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