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The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps the Colorado Avalanche’s latest action!Image result for Connor McDavid colorado

With the All-Star Break over, the Avalanche got back to business with a game in Vancouver. The Avs were down 2-0, only to take the lead after the second period, but ended up going to overtime and losing 4-3. After that, the Avs started February with a road game against the Oilers, which also went to OT thanks to Connor McDavid tying things up late in regulation (his second goal of the game). In the extra frame, JT Compher scored to give the Avalanche a 4-3 victory. The Avalanche couldn’t feed off that victory when they traveled to Winnipeg on the 3rd, as the Jets blanked them 3-0; only the second time that the Avs were blanked this season.

Regarding this past week, the Avalanche faced off against the San Jose Sharks this past Tuesday at home, winning 3-1 to continue the team’s home winning streak. After that bit of home cooking, though, the Avs went back on the road, beginning with a game in St. Louis that saw Colorado trounced, 6-1, in a game where Semyon Varlamov had to come in for Jonathan Bernier. Colorado later played back-to-back games this past weekend, losing 3-1 to the Hurricanes in Raleigh, but picking up a 5-4 win in Buffalo despite giving up two shorthanded goals.

The Avalanche have hit a bit of a lull since winning ten straight games, going 3-5-1 since then. Six of the nine games they’ve played have been without their All-Star, Nathan MacKinnon, but the Avalanche have racked up a 3-3 record without their best player. Colorado had problems scoring in that stretch, though the five goals they put up in Buffalo on Sunday seemed to have solved things. Their problems giving up shorthanded goals have resurfaced, as the two they surrendered gave them a grand total of 10 shorties surrendered, which leads the league. Even with this lull, the Avs haven’t fallen off too far. They reached 30 wins and have 64 points, which is only two points out of a playoff position, with only the Wild, Kings, and Ducks ahead of them.

For the Avalanche, a new week doesn’t begin until Wednesday, when they return home to face the team who ended their 10-game winning streak a couple of weeks ago, the Montréal Canadiens. After that, the Avalanche go back on the road on Friday to face the Jets, and return home for an early Sunday game against the Oilers. These three games will move them into the latter half of February, with the pivotal month of March drawing closer.

That’s the Burgundy Breakdown for this week! Until next week!

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