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The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps the latest week in action featuring the Colorado Avalanche!

The week began with the Avalanche in Minnesota, facing the Wild for the final time this regular season. The Avs’ dominance against the Wild continued, as they blasted Minnesota, 5-1, resulting in a 3-0-1 record against their longtime division rivals. Two nights later, the Avs went to St. Louis to face the Blues, picking up another road win, 4-1, behind two goals from Nathan MacKinnon. On the following evening, the Avalanche returned home against the Predators, but their latest battle against the Western Conference Champions was not a successful one, losing 4-2 to end their nine-game points streak. The Avs made up for that loss with a home win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, winning 5-1 behind…yes, you guessed it…two goals from Nathan MacKinnon.

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The Avalanche are continuing to rack up wins and pick up points; going 7-1-3 in their last 11 games. With three weeks left in the season, Colorado stands at 39-25-8 and 86 points, holding on to the #1 Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, standing three points behind Minnesota for third place in the Central, and two points ahead of Los Angeles and Dallas. To say that the Avs have exceeded last season’s performance and overall expectations would be an understatement. And I’m just going to come out and say it: the Hart Trophy should just have Nathan MacKinnon’s name on it. He is clearly the MVP; as he has continued to show how valuable he is to the Avalanche this season.

The Avalanche’s magic number to reach the playoffs is 17 points, and they have 10 games left. A new week begins with the Avs heading to the Windy City on Tuesday to face the Blackhawks, followed by back-to-back home games against the Kings (on Thursday) and Golden Knights (on Saturday).

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

The Sabres Shootout

The Sabres are staying in their home state of New York this week after splitting their only two games last week. They lost to the Maple Leafs 5-2, and beat the Blackhawks 5-3 this week. This upcoming week is a bit more difficult for the Sabres who play four games over the next seven days, compared to playing only two games last week.

The Sabres take on the Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes, and the Montreal Canadians at home before they travel downstate to battle the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

In the first game of the week the Sabres take on the red hot Nashville Predators who sit atop the central division already amassing 104. Not only have they amassed 104 points, they have also clinched a playoff birth.

After playing the Predators, the Sabres take on another bottom dweller of the NHL when they take on the Arizona Coyotes. Not only do they Coyotes have to travel across three time zones, they are the only team in the NHL that has a lower point total than the Sabres.

After the Coyotes come to town, the Montreal Canadians come into town with their 64 points, which are only 6 points ahead of the Sabres. Neither team is actually fighting for a playoff spot but at least the Canadians have a chance, whereas the Sabres are officially eliminated from playoff contention.

After their their six game home stand, the Sabres travel down to the Big Apple where they take on the New York Rangers who currently have 72 points are are currently 10 points behind the New Jersey Devils for a Wild Card spot with 10 games remaining.

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A positive for the Sabres after their last week is that superstar Jack Eichel returned to the ice after suffering an ankle injury on 2/10/18. In his return to the ice, Eichel amassed an assist with a -2 +/- rating with 5 shots on goal. Not a terrible return after being out over a month for the young star.

Fans of the Sabres have a lot more to look forward to this week with four games in seven days and the return of Jack Eichel. We are nearing the end of the season with only seven games remaining after this week. This week the Sabres do not have any chance to play spoiler since the teams they are playing are either already in the playoffs (Nashville) or do not really have a chance (Arizona, Montreal, and New York).

But until next time Sabres fans, Lets Go Buffalo!

The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps the latest week in action featuring the Colorado Avalanche!

Coming off an OT loss to the Predators, the Avalanche went on the road to face the slumping Chicago Blackhawks this past Tuesday. Regulation ended tied at 1, but Jonathan Toews scored just nine seconds into OT, handing the Avalanche a 2-1 loss. The Avs went to Columbus on Thursday, and started off well with two goals in an 11-second span in the first period. Colorado entered the third period down 4-2, but goals by Gabriel Landeskog and Carl Soderberg led to the Avs reaching OT for the third straight game. Yet again, the Avalanche fell, thanks to a goal by Seth Jones, resulting in a 5-4 loss. Colorado returned home on Saturday, defeating the Arizona Coyotes, 5-2, behind a three-goal first period.

 Nashville 69 45 14 10 100 40 225 174 +51 25-7-4 20-7-6 5-6 9-0-1 W1 Mar 13: NSH 3 – WPG 1 Mar 15 @ ARI
 Winnipeg 70 41 19 10 92 39 230 185 +45 24-7-2 17-12-8 2-2 6-3-1 L1 Mar 13: WPG 1 – NSH 3 Mar 15 vs CHI
 Minnesota 70 39 24 7 85 36 217 203 +14 24-6-6 15-18-1 3-2 6-4-0 L2 Mar 13: MIN 1 – COL 5 Mar 16 @ VGK
 Colorado 69 37 24 8 82 36 220 203 +17 24-8-2 13-16-6 1-1 5-1-4 W2 Mar 13: COL 5 – MIN 1 Mar 15 @ STL
 Dallas 70 38 26 6 82 34 200 184 +16 24-10-3 14-16-3 4-2 4-4-2 L2 Mar 13: DAL 2 – MTL 4 Mar 14 @ TOR
 St. Louis 69 37 27 5 79 34 191 182 +9 20-14-0 17-13-5 3-0 3-6-1 W2 Mar 12: STL 4 – ANA 2 Mar 15 vs COL
 Chicago 70 30 32 8 68 29 199 207 -8 17-15-3 13-17-5 1-1 5-5-0 W1 Mar 11: CHI 3 – BOS 1 Mar 15 @ WPG

It was a nickel-and-dime effort, as the Avalanche’s current seven game points streak has included three consecutive OT losses. However, the Avs are the holders of the 2nd Wild Card position with their 4-0-3 record in the last seven games. Their 80 point total ties them with the Anaheim Ducks, with Colorado having two games in hand, and they are just two points behind the next team ahead of them: the Dallas Stars. The Central Division’s Top 3 isn’t out of the picture for the Avs, as they stand five points behind Minnesota. The Wild are Colorado’s next opponents, as the Avs will head to Minnesota on Tuesday. After that, the Avalanche head to Nashville on Thursday, and will return home to host the Blues on Friday and the Red Wings on Sunday.

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

Sabres Shootout

Last week the Sabres had a tough schedule. In that time period they played Toronto (5-3 win), Calgary (5-1 loss), Ottawa (4-3 shootout win) and Vegas (2-1 shootout loss). Playing four games in six days was a tough stretch for the team, especially with Kyle Okposo suffering another concussion. This up coming week, gets a little easier for the Sabres. Not in the quality of opponents, but in the fact that they only play two games.

The Sabres spent last week mostly at home except for a quick trip up to Ottawa. In that time period the Sabres tallied a total of 5 points, posting a 2-1-1 record. The Sabres, as of late, seem to be playing well against the top teams, but just need that little extra effort to get them the full two points consistently, except for the 5-1 loss that Buffalo endured versus Calgary. From the start of the game, the Sabres seemed to be flat on the ice and did not put in a full effort. You could tell after the first period that it was going to be a long night for the Sabres and their fans.

After starting strong against  Toronto, the Sabres fell flat against the Flames, then again played well against the Senators and the Golden Knights. Even though they did not earn the win against Vegas, they played one of the best teams in the NHL right now to a shootout to at least earn one point which is a positive note going forward for this young team.

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Buffalo Hockey Beat

After playing Vegas last Saturday, the Sabres get to enjoy some home cooking and much needed rest, until they play Toronto on Thursday night at the Key Bank Center. After playing Toronto, for the second time in two weeks, the Sabres have yet another home game versus the struggling Chicago Blackhawks, who are sitting at the bottom on the Central Division.

As of Sunday morning, the Sabres have sent back down to the AHL Rochester Americans forwards Justin Bailey and Danny O’Regan. In only 8 games this season in the NHL, Justin Bailey has tallied 3 goals and 1 assist. Likewise, Danny O’Regan has played in 21 games this year with the Sabres and has tallied only 4 assists. These two players will greatly help the Americans as they push toward the Calder Cup playoffs as they sit in 3rd place in the North Division behind the Toronto Marlies, who have already clinched a Calder Cup playoff birth and the Syracuse Crunch. The Americans are holding on to a slim 4 point lead over the Utica Comets, who have had several hot and cold streaks this week.

So Sabres fans, hopefully you are a fan of hockey in general, or spring training baseball can keep you occupied for the first few days of the week because we don’t get to see our beloved Sabres until Thursday night when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

So until the next time, Lets Go Buffalo!

The Sabres Shootout


The Buffalo Sabres pulled out a big win last night when they earned their 21st win of the season versus the 39-22-7 Toronto Maple Leaves, who are fighting to stay hot into the playoffs, even though they have an 11 point lead over the New Jersey Devils, who sit at 74 points.


The Sabres win last night was only their 10th of the season, which is the lowest of any team in the NHL this season. Every other team has at least 12 wins at home. Whereas most teams have a better home record than a road record, Buffalo is one of two teams that have a better away record than home, along with the Vancouver Canucks.


The Sabres victory had 5 different goal scorers. Sam Reinhart (16th of the season), Jason Pominville (11th of the season), Zemgus Girgensons (7th of the season), Ryan O’Reilly (19th of the season) and Johan Larsson (4th of the season) fueled the fire for the Sabres while goaltender Chad Johnson had stopped 38 of 41 shots to earn his 7th win of the season.


The Sabres week does not get any easier this week when they play Calgary Wednesday 3/7/18 at the Key Bank Center, then travel to The Canadian Tire Centre to face the Ottawa Senators, then a Saturday matinee when the red hot Vegas Golden Knights come to the Key Bank Center. Of the three remain opponents this week, the Ottawa Senators are the only one with a losing record of 23-32-10, but with that being said, they are still 3 points better than the Buffalo Sabres for the season.


There aren’t many rays of hope for this dwindling season for the Sabres, the hint of light at the end of the tunnel is that Jack Eichel skated on his own last Saturday for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain on 2/10/18 versus the Boston Bruins. Eichel has no reason to rush back from this, since there is no chance for the Sabres to make the playoffs once again. Jack may be better off staying very limited, if active at all for the rest of the season and hope to be 100% come next October when the Sabres take on the 2018-2019 season.

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This Saturday should be an exciting matinee at Key Bank Center, when the Vegas Golden Knights come to Buffalo for the first time in the franchise’s history. The first time the Sabres played against the Golden Knights was 10/17/17 when they lost 5-4 in an overtime battle. Fans will be able to see the expansion Golden Knights keep their historic season going and try to win a Stanley Cup in their first season of existence, a feat in which has never happened in NHL history.


So for the casual fan, the Saturday matinee should be an exciting game, win or lose for the Sabres, the hardcore fan has 16 more chances to see if the Sabres who currently sit at 53 points can surpass last season’s team who ended up with 78 points. In order to surpass last year’s point total, the Sabres would have to win 12 of their remaining 16 games, with one of those loses being an overtime loss. Only time will tell where the bottom dwelling Buffalo Sabres will end up at the end of the 2017-2018 season, but one thing is for certain, the Sabres will be at home watching the playoffs once again for the 7th straight season.

The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to The Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps the latest week in action featuring the Colorado Avalanche!

The Avalanche went on a four game homestand which began this past Monday with the final meeting of the season against the Vancouver Canucks, with the Avs winning 3-1 to clinch the three game season series. On Wednesday, Colorado played host to the Calgary Flames, and fell behind 2-0 before putting up five unanswered goals en route to another victory to end the month of February. The Avs kicked off the month of March with a home game against the Minnesota Wild; a game that saw Colorado trounce Devan Dubnyk once again, putting up five goals on him before he was removed and replaced. The Avalanche won that game by a score of 7-2.

The homestand ended on Sunday against the Predators, with the Avalanche down 2-1 after two periods, but a shot by Matt Nieto off the stick of Kevin Fiala went in to tie the game. Mikko Rantanen gave the Avs their first lead on the power play, only for Nashville to tie it late in regulation. In overtime, Filip Forsberg snuck one past Varlamov, handing the Avs a 4-3 defeat.

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The Avalanche’s homestand was a successful one, as they racked up seven out of the possible eight points. The team is also 4-1-2 since their home loss to the Oilers on February 18, and overall, the Avalanche are 35-24-6 with 76 points. They are one point behind Los Angeles for a playoff position, and five points behind Minnesota for third place in the Central Division. Colorado and Minnesota will face each other one more time on March 13, and they have two more meetings left with the Kings: one on March 22 in Denver and another on April 2 in LA. Colorado is still scoring goals in bunches, racking up 10 goals so far in the two games played this month.

A new week begins on Tuesday for the Avs, as the team will head to the Windy City to face the surprisingly slumping Blackhawks. The Avs will head to Columbus on Thursday, and will return home for an early game against the Coyotes.

That’s the Burgundy Breakdown! Until next week!

The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to The Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps the latest week in action featuring the Colorado Avalanche!

The Avs spent the last week in Western Canada, where they were on a three game road swing. The trifecta began in Vancouver, with the Avalanche’s second meeting against the Canucks. Colorado fell behind 4-1 in the second, only to score two goals late to cut the deficit to one. Tyson Barrie tied it up in the third period, forcing overtime, where a Daniel Sedin penalty led to Nathan MacKinnon scoring and winning the game for the Avalanche. The Avs won, 5-4, with all five goals coming on the power play (despite ranking dead last in the power play on the road). The Avalanche went to OT again on Thursday, the third and last meeting against the Oilers. It wasn’t a victorious outing this time, as Connor McDavid won it for the Oilers, handing the Avs a 3-2 loss. On Saturday, the Avalanche fell badly to the Calgary Flames, losing 5-1.

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Photo by: The Denver Post

Some trivial notes regarding Nathan MacKinnon’s OT winner in Vancouver. It was the first goal since returning from injury and the first time he ever scored against the Canucks. It was also his 100th career goal, and he scored his 101st Saturday in Calgary. A 1-1-1 tally in Western Canada this past week resulted in 69 points overall for the Avalanche, which places the team four points out of a playoff position as the month of March comes in just a few days. Nine of the Avalanche’s 15 March games will be at home, which is a good sign for the team and gives them hope to make up the small deficit they possess.

A new week features a four game homestand, with the Avs hosting the Canucks (on Monday), Flames (on Wednesday), Wild (on Friday), and Predators (on Sunday). That’s the Burgundy Breakdown for this week! Until next week!

The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps the latest week in action featuring the Colorado Avalanche!

Following a three game road trip, the Avalanche returned home for the second meeting of the season against the Canadiens this past Wednesday. It was Montréal who ended Colorado’s 10-game winning streak, but Semyon Varlamov shut the door on the Habs, leading to a 2-0 shutout victory. The Avs returned to the road with a game in Winnipeg, which didn’t end well; the Jets blasted Colorado 6-1, with Mikko Rantanen scoring very late to avoid a shut out. On Sunday, the Avalanche hosted the Oilers, and despite a good start from the Avs, Connor McDavid continued to be too much for them. McDavid racked up a hat trick (his third, fourth, and fifth goals against the Avs this season), en route to a 4-2 loss for Colorado.

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The loss to Edmonton snapped Colorado’s 10-game home winning streak, and continued the team’s faulty February, even with Nathan MacKinnon returning this past Sunday. While Mack did return, the Avs received the bad news that defensemen Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm will be out indefinitely due to injury. The Avalanche are five points out of a playoff position, sitting behind Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Calgary, as the month of March is closing in. The Avs will spend this whole week in Western Canada, with games in Vancouver (on Tuesday), Edmonton (on Thursday), and Calgary (on Saturday).

That’s the Burgundy Breakdown! Until next week!

Winged Wheel Watch: Petr Mrazek traded to Flyers

The long-awaited Detroit Red Wings sell-off has apparently begun.

Late on Monday night the Red Wings sent netminder Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for conditional draft picks in the 2018 (fourth round) and 2019 (third round) NHL Entry Drafts. The Red Wings will also retain $2 million of Mrazek’s $4 million salary owed for this season.

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The team’s decision to leave Mrazek unprotected in the 2017 expansion draft gave the first indication that the 26-year-old was not in the organization’s future plans. The decision to select the highly-touted, 19-year-old Keith Petruzzelli, who is lauded as having the potential to be a truly special goalie, only two days later furthered this sentiment. The situation was further solidified as Mrazek sat as a backup to a resurgent Jimmy Howard.

Mrazek is set to make his debut with the Flyers on Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens.

The picks received in return, for now, give the Red Wings nine selections in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, including at least five in the first three rounds, potentially increasing to six depending on how the Flyers and Mrazek perform for the rest of the season and in the playoffs.

This trade may very well mark the first steps into a larger scale sell-off in Detroit, as the team looks to stockpile picks and prospects at this year’s deadline.

“I’m looking to the future,” general manager Ken Holland told The Detroit Free Press on Monday. “I’m working the phones to see what’s out there that makes sense for us.”

With names like Mike Green, Danny DeKeyser, and Gustav Nyquist drawing attention from suitors around the league, expect things to pick up as the February 26th trade deadline approaches.

What are your thoughts on the Mrazek trade? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments below!

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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