2014-10-18 Nathan MacKinnon to continue at center, between Gabe Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly - Our latest story looks at what the Avalanche has planned in net heading into Saturday night’s game against the Canadiens. Some line items: With John Mitchell back as the third-line center, Nathan MacKinnon has ditched 30-something linemates Alex Tanguay and Daniel Briere and is now with Gabe Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly. MacKinnon, 19, has more in common with Landeskog, 21, and O’Reilly, 23, and coach Patrick Roy said he wants MacKinnon at center. O’Reilly, of course, began his NHL career at center but has often played left wing on Matt Duchene’s line. Duchene is with Jamie McGinn and Jarome Iginla … and Roy is confident he has three solid scoring lines. YardBarker
    2014-10-18 Nathan MacKinnon to continue at center, between Gabe Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly - Our latest story looks at what the Avalanche has planned in net heading into Saturday night’s game against the Canadiens. Some line items: With John Mitchell back as the third-line center, Nathan MacKinnon has ditched 30-something linemates Alex Tanguay and Daniel Briere and is now with Gabe Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly. MacKinnon, 19, has more in common with Landeskog, 21, and O’Reilly, 23, and coach Patrick Roy said he wants MacKinnon at center. O’Reilly, of course, began his NHL career at center but has often played left wing on Matt Duchene’s line. Duchene is with Jamie McGinn and Jarome Iginla … and Roy is confident he has three solid scoring lines. YardBarker
    2014-10-16 Avalanche Power Play Looks For Legs in Ottawa - With a day of rest following back-to-back games against the Boston Bruins on Monday and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, the Colorado Avalanche is ready roll again tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Playing their third game in four days, the ... Colorado Avalanche
    2014-10-15 Avs' Ontario Natives Score in OT Loss to Leafs - Coming to Toronto can be a special trip for NHL players. The city is home to the Original Six franchise Maple Leafs, the Hockey Hall of Fame and is Canada's largest population area, meaning it is close to home for many players around the league... Colorado Avalanche
    2014-10-15 Game 4 Recap: Leafs 2 Avs 1 (OT) - The Avalanche implode in the 3rd Period but escape with a pity point. Great. Ok.... Awful. *facepalm First Period: Welcome to the first period Avalanche fans, lets star off with the opening line for ea... What's that? We're on a power play already? Nevermind then.  The Avalanche got off to a strong start, taking the opening faceoff down the ice and drawing a hooking penalty just 13 seconds into the game.  The Avalanche had great puck movement throughout the power play as the unit of Matt Duchene, Ryan O`Reilly, and Jarome Iginla finally started to find some power play chemistry.  The Avalanche spent almost 1:45 seconds of the power play in the Toronto zone and despite a number of strong chances, they were unable to get the puck past James Reimer.  Although the Avalanche didn't score, the power play did get team some good momentum early.  Shift after shift the Avalanche out-possessed the Maple Leafs but they struggled to generate many scoring opportunities, missing set up passes in the zone and firing a number of pucks wide.  It took almost 6 minutes for the Maple Leafs to have their first extended shift in the Avalanche zone, and as the game opened up a bit both teams attempted a number of long stretch passes.  After Tyson Barrie sprung Alex Tanguay for a near breakaway, the Avalanche took an unfortunate, phantom tripping penalty, as Nazem Kadri fell to the ice near Gabriel Landeskog.  The Avs didn't let it affect their momentum, however, the penalty kill was incredibly aggressive and the Avs held the Leafs to zero shots on the power play.  The best chance actually came when Max Talbot attempted a centering pass to Marc Andre Cliche in the slot. After the power play the Avalanche continued their assault on the Leafs zone with 2 strong possession in the Leafs end only to give up the first goal of the game on a giveaway.  That's sports folks. They suck.  Jamie McGinn's breakout pass was picked off by the Leafs, then Phil Kessel and James van Reimsdyk danced their way through the Avalanche defense on the oddman rush and JvR slammed the puck home.  You cannot turn pucks over like that. Moments later the Avalanche fired a shot on Reimer which created a juicy rebound in the crease.  Before the Avalanche could dig the puck out the refs blew the play dead. The Avalanche played through the frustration and after a bad shift from the 4th line, O`Reilly, Landeskog and Everberg put on a dominant, and seemingly never-ending shift in the Leafs zone.  The group forechecked hard, created turnover after turnover, and ran the Leafs defense ragged.  Finally O`Reilly camped out in behind the Leafs' net and passed the puck to Erik Johnson pinching in the low slot.  The shot deflected off a defenseman but O`Reilly snuck out from behind the net and buried the rebound with a terrible angle backwards-backhand shot.  Please don't ever leave Ryan. The game tightened up considerably after the O'Reilly goal, but the Avalanche carried the play throughout the rest of the period and had a number of near misses.  Nathan MacKinnon fanned on a great opportunity in front (loosen up kid, have some fun ok?), but the best chance of the period came in it's closing seconds when Dennis Everberg took the puck down the right wing, deked past the defender and sent a wicked wrist shot over Reimer's glove shoulder.  Reimer made the save, but was clearly handcuffed by the shot.  What an eye opening move by the rookie.  Everberg continues to raise his game and it's hard to imagine he won't get his first goal soon. Second Period: Just over a minute into the second period O'Reilly nearly buried his second goal of the night when Gabriel Landeskog deked through Dion Phaneuf and sprung O'Reilly for an opportunity down the right side.  O'Reilly's snap shot deflected off Reimer's shoulder and high.  The Avalanche continued to control the bulk of play early in the 2nd period and Toronto's first opportunity came when Nick Holden had a facepalm level giveaway at center ice which sprung the Leafs' top line on a 3 on 1 break.  Before they could connect, Erik Johnson made a diving stick check to knock break up the opportunity and knock the puck away.  The next shift saw the Swedish-Sandwich line dominate again, with a long cycling shift in the Leafs' zone which ended when Ryan O'Reilly fired a spinning shot at Reimer as he came out from behind the net.  This line was great. Over the next few minutes the game got considerably more physical.  The Leafs' put two huge, clean hits on Tyson Barrie and Max Talbot.  Cody McLeod responded by trying to run someone over behind the play and missing, not effective.  On the next shift renowned neanderthal and jerk Dion Phaneuf tried to elbow his former captain, teammate, and future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla.  Iginla pulled up at the last second and Phaneuf luckily missed most of the hit.  Jamie McGinn was immediately in Phaneuf's face and gave him a swift glove-punch to the jaw before Jarome Iginla came in and dropped the gloves.  The refs broke up the fight before a punch was thrown. Through some inexplicable logic the officials gave the Maple Leafs a power play out of the event, more on that later.  On the power play the Leafs had some good movement as the Avalanche struggled to clear the puck.  Semyon Varlamov made his best save of the night when he stretched the left leg across the crease and stopped the puck on the line with his toe, robbing James van Reimsdyk on the wraparound.  The Leafs were quick to look for the wraparound all night, but Varlamov was excellent moving side to side.  Toronto took substantial momentum out of the power play and had a long shift in the Avalanche zone which seemed destined to wind up in the back of the Avs' net.  However, instead of playing hockey Joffrey Lupul decided he wanted to go bowling and he ran over a pair of Avalanche players away from the puck.  Power play Avalanche. Well... kind of.  The Avalanche were unable to establish much on their power play opportunity and Iginla wiped out the last 24 seconds of the power play when he slashed Daniel Winnik and sent the Avs to 4 on 4.  The Leafs maintained possession for the duration of the power play, but mostly only managed a few shots from the point.  There was an uhhh "interesting" exchange between Phil Kessel and Nate Guenin on the power play, as Kessel crumpled to the ice in pain but got up moments later when the puck was headed his way so that he could fire a puck on net.  Replay confirmed that Guenin caught Kessel right in the Kessel family jewels when he attempted a stick check.  Looked incidental, but Kessel was furious (as you can probably imagine). You could feel the period slipping away from the Avalanche a bit ever since the Jamie McGinn penalty.  They started off strong, but they started to lose their favorable tilt on the ice until... MATT DUCHENE!  With 2:20 left in the period Jamie McGinn corralled the puck on an aggressive forecheck and dropped the puck to Jarome Iginla who sauced the puck over to Matt Duchene.  From there? It was all Mighty Matt.  Duchene fired a ridiculous wrist shot from the high slot which Reimer tried to shrug off (or duck from out of fear), but there was nothing he could do about the bardown laser.  pew pew. On the next shift an Avalanche turnover just outside of the blueline led to a Toronto odd-man rush (sound familiar?).  This time, the Avalanche were fortunate that David Clarkson was the man with a goal on his stick and not well, you know, someone who could score that goal.  After getting beat on the 2-on-1 Nick Holden poked at the Toronto forward out of desperation and sent the Leafs back on the power play.  It was a pretty light slashing call, but you can understand why the ref made it considering his position and how badly Clarkson bobbled the puck on his own.  Either way, not Holden's best outing so far. Third Period: After killing the remaining seconds of the Leafs power play, the Swedish Sandwich line went back to work in the Toronto zone. Who carried the puck the most on that shift? Dennis Everberg, and he did it with some style.  Midways through the shift Everberg made an excellent move one on one to dip in from his off wing, beat the defenseman and drive the net, but the big Swede missed the net.  At the end of the shift Everberg lifted up the knee to block a Toronto shot from the point and send the Avs the other way.  What. A. Shift. On the next shift Matt Duchene picked off a terrible pass by Robidas and went flying down the ice on a breakaway.  Robidas dove back towards Duchene and hooked him from a full two strides behind, pulling him hard enough to spin Duchene's hips by about 90 degrees.  Hilariously, this was not a penalty.  No goal for Duchene either. The Avalanche were so much better tonight through the neutral zone, but man does this team have problems getting the puck out of their zone once it's there.  With 13 minutes to play the Tyson Barrie had possession of the puck behind the Avalanche net.  1 player with possession, then a 2nd, then a 3rd.  All three players failed to clear the zone.  All three players turned the puck over, and eventually the Leafs got a pretty good scoring chance out of the affair.  That can't keep happening. After the Avs were stuck in their own zone, you can guess which line generated another good offensive opportunity.  Yup, Gabriel Landeskog sent a beauty of a pass to Dennis Everberg in the high slot and had his one timer deflected wide.  This guy could have 3 goals tonight already.  The Avalanche followed up the chance with a very strong cycling shift from the Duchene line.  Jarome Iginla looked particularly good, kicking the puck to his stick and attempting to tuck it past Reimer. Next up, a positive Corsi shift from the 4th line. Good work.  Then a very long shift from the MacKinnon line that took place entirely in the Avalanche's zone.  Awful. Now things got unfortunate for the Avalanche.  After clearing the puck up from behind the Avalanche net Jan Hejda was absolutely RUN OVER from behind by Leo Komarov.  Boarding, roughing, hitting from behind, charging, your choice.  it was all of the above, and Hejda was very, very fortunate to avoid injury on the play.  Hejda left the ice screaming at the officials and Brad Stuart stepped onto the ice in his place.  Instead of a power play the Avalanche went to work clearing the puck out of their zone, which of course meant that Brad Stuart turned the puck over to Lupul who scored.  That's what happens when you turn the puck over in your zone.  Did the Avalanche learn their lesson? No. Because in the next 3 minutes they completely fell apart and turnovers from Nick Holden and Brad Stuart led two separate breakaways for Maple Leaf forwards.  Seriously, I've seen guys care more about the puck in pond hockey. With just over 5 minutes left in the period the Avalanche got a little penalty karma back in their favor, as Reimer sent the puck sailing over the boards for the delay of game.  The first unit power play couldn't do anything with the puck and the second unit was even worse.  On the 2nd unit Nathan MacKinnon wound it up in his own zone, flew through the neutral zone and then passed well off the mark of his winger sending Toronto the other way where Alex Tanguay took an interference penalty and sent the Avalanche to 4-on-4.  It didn't take long for the Leafs ensuing power play to become dangerous, in fact Kessel skated straight out of the box and towards the Avalanche net where he picked up the puck and sent a shot on goal.  After Kessel's initial opportunity the Avs penalty kill was smothering and Toronto failed to create another scoring opportunity.  Stick tap to Cody McLeod, who made a pair of impressive plays on the penalty kill. Back to 5 on 5 Patrick Roy called a timeout with just over 2:00 left on the clock.  Presumably so he could tell the Avalanche that they should care what happens to the puck after it leaves their sticks.  Whatever the gameplan was, it didn't work, because Erik Johnson immediately turned the puck over to Tyler Bozak and set him up for a dangerous wrap-around chance, save by Varlamov.  Everberg Watch Update: He's on the ice in a tie game with 1:15 to go.  That tells you the kind of night he had.  Time expires. To overtime we go. OT: The dry scrape is dumb. Lets get on with the show people.  Avs win the faceoff, MacKinnon tries to smack the puck out of the air, Leafs fly down the ice, Phile Kessel races down the right side and embarrasses Tyson Barrie, who gave up body position and tried to flail at Kessel with his stick, then he tucks the puck fivehole on Varlamov.  Bad play by Barrie, who was good all night, and Varlamov should probably have a better seal with the pad, but this is what the Avs deserved letting Phil Kessel walk all over them all night. What's It All Mean: Pssh I don't know. The Avalanche were by far the better team in the first half of this game, by almost every metric.  Then they were by far the worse team. Yes this was the second half of a back to back, and the Avalanche played most of yesterday's game with only 5 defenseman.  Were they a bit tired? Maybe. Doesn't change that they absolutely HAVE to take better care of the puck. The Avs are yet to win a game decisively.  It's important to take advantage of opportunities against lesser teams like the Maple Leafs and this was certainly a missed opportunity.  Ottawa and Montreal just got more important. This game probably shouldn't have made it to overtime if the ref does his job and makes the call when Hejda was run over behind the net, but the Avalanche got what they deserved in the third period. They were not good. The power play is hot garbage right now. The refs should have let Iginla and Phaneuf fight.  If you're going to allow fighting in the league, this is the exact kind of fight that should be allowed.  Iginla didn't like the hit and went to respond because the refs didn't.  Instead of working it out the refs separated the two and called a ticky-tack roughing on Jamie McGinn.  Refs were eager to prevent that fight, but they wont care the next time two face-punching 4th liners go out there for a staged brawl that doesn't mean anything. Three Up Three Down: Three Stars: 1. Swedish Sandwich Line - Seriously, these guys were amazing at 5v5. 2.  Matt Duchene - Sweet go-ahead goal and generated a number of good shifts for his line. 3. Jarome Iginla - 2A. By far Iginla's best game as an Av so far.  Looked more comfortable, cycled well and made a great pass on the Duchene goal. Three Down: 1. Brad Stuart - Gave the game away on his stick. Absolutely inexcusable turnover on the tying goal and he followed it up by giving Phil Kessel a breakaway on his very next shift. 2. Nick Holden - After a great game against Boston, Holden was a turnover machine.  Cost his team a few breakaways and easily could have cost them more. 3. Alex Tanguay - If this is all Tanguay has left, that's going to be a big problem. 4. Nathan MacKinnon - It's just not clicking. Next Up: The Avalanche head to Ottawa to take on the 2-1-0 Ottawa Senators. Puck Drops Thursday at 5:30 PM EST 7:30 PM MST Mile High Hockey
    2014-10-14 Avalanche at Maple Leafs, Game 4 - All eyes on the Avs in the Centre of the Hockey Universe. Colorado fly in to southern Ontario tonight to continue their quest to find goals in the Flortheast division. They were able to locate two last night in Boston, a crunchy one from Jamie McGinn and a dramatic one to win it in the last second from Daniel Briere. But still, the top forwards continue empty handed thus far. A trip to Toronto may be just what the doctor ordered. The Leafs have allowed 37 shots against per game played, better only than defensive stalwarts Buffalo, Edmonton, and Calgary. (Right above them are the Avs, who have allowed 36.7, which of course is weighed down by that barforama on opening night and should come down over time.) Both teams come in after their first victories of the season, Colorado a business lunch yesterday in Boston (2-1), and Toronto on Sunday over the Rangers (6-3). The Leafs have three points from American hero Phil Kessel, as well as (spit-take) THREE GOALS from THE Tyler Bozak? Other Leafs to watch include rookie defenseman and man with two first names Stuart Percy (1G2A) and, apparently, Corporal Leo Komarov, who has three assists. Toronto, u crayy. Leafs goaltender James Reimer took a knock to the head, which was kind of terrifying given his concussion history, but is fine and rumor has it might even start. I clicked on the Toronto Star to find that information so you don't have to. You're fucking welcome. Ryan Wilson, unfortunately, was not so lucky, taking a puck to the face last night. Chambers is reporting the team fears another concussion for him. Really, really sad news for him. Semyon Varlamov is on schedule to backstop the Avalanche. Avs Lines, maybe Jamie McGinn - Matt Duchene - Jarome IginlaGabe Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Dennis Everberg (or Tangs or Briere)Alex Tanguay - Nathan MacKinnon - Daniel BriereCody McLeod - Marc-Andre Cliche - Max Talbot Nick Holden - Erik JohnsonJan Hejda - Tyson BarrieBrad Stuart - Nate Guenin or Zach Redmond Semyon Varlamov(Reto Berra) John Mitchell (migraines or something)Jesse Winchester (concussed)Ryan Wilson (concussed)Nate Guenin or Zach Redmond (healthy) Records Both teams are 1-2-0. Real original, guys. Leafs people Pay a visit to Pension Plan Puppets because they rock and stuff and their Twitters are fun. James Mirtle provides intelligent Leafs coverage (even if he does slapfight with Avs fans on Twitter over analytics) and you should never, under any circumstances, do what I did and visit the Toronto Star. Also worth a visit are Justin Fisher, Steve Dangle, Jeffler and company over at Leafs Nation. How to watch it :30 game alert! This one is on at 5:30 mountain, 7:30 eastern, 0:30 GMT on Altitude, TSN-4 in Canada and TV-A in wherever TV-A is. Quebec-ish I think. :30 game alert! Colorado have gotten 2 of the 6 points I want from them on this trip. Let's go get two more. Mile High Hockey
    2014-10-14 The Waiver Wire - Welcome back to week two of The Waiver Wire! Brock Nelson is awesome and Crosby is Crosby. Welcome back to The Waiver Wire!  If you're in a fantasy league like I am, then the first "week" is really the first week and a half of the NHL season.  That means that if your team got off to a slow start, you still have a whole week to catch up.  We are going to look at some players that are struggling, followed by pleasant surprises, elite players being elite and then we will wrap it up with my shot in the dark player of the week. The Disappointments The Colorado Avalanche The Colorado Avalanche have only scored two goals in their first three games.  This leaves many fantasy owners (such as myself) extremely frustrated with their offense and possibly pulling their hair out.  Duchene, MacKinnon, Hejda and Barrie  each just picked up an assist while McGinn and Briere each picked up goals.  This still leaves Tanguay, Iginla, O'Reilly and Landeskog pointless in the first three games.  Iginla isn't actively hurting your team, with a +1 rating and although O'Reilly is -3, his 10 shots are most likely helping your team.  Tanguay and Landeskog both have a -2 rating with only 3 shots.  That just won't get the job done.  Hopefully the scoring picks up sooner rather than later, and your Avalanche-stacked team doesn't suffer too much. The Stars' top line So far this year, after two games, the Dallas Stars' top line of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin are a combined 0-0-0 and -7.  Last year, Seguin put up 37-47-84, Benn put up 34-45-79 and Nichushkin, in his rookie year, put up a respectable 14-20-34.  The duo of Seguin and Benn was one of the most dynamic duos in the league last year so it was a reasonable expectation that they would pick up where they left off.  Knowing that Nichushkin would be on this line, many of you may have drafted him hoping that his numbers are inflated a bit by being paired with Benn and Seguin.  Their scoring will come back eventually.  I think it's reasonable to not expect Trevor Daley, Antoine Roussel and Ryan Garbutt to lead the Stars in points (2) for the entire year. Steven Stamkos - TBL - C - 100% owned Steven Stamkos is arguably the best goal scorer in the National Hockey League.  He is at the very least, in the top 3.  Over his career, he has averaged more than a point per game, and averages .57 goals per game.  So far this year, in two games, he has 0 goals, 1 assist and is -1, however that 1 assist, was a power play assist.  The good news is that he has taken 7 shots in those two games, which is right on par with his career average, so it isn't for his lack of trying.  I fully expect him to start scoring soon.  Stamkos may be anxiously waiting for Drouin to return from injury.  EDIT: Hey look, he just scored a hat trick.  Nailed it. The Pleasant Surprises Brock Nelson - NYI - C - 31% owned Who?  He's still a free agent in my league, so he may be available in your league as well.  Brock Nelson has been playing on a line with Mikhail Grabovski and Ryan Strome and it seems like he's having the time of his life.  He has 1 goal and 2 assists at even strength and 2 goals and 1 assist on the power play.  Nelson could be a great pick up in your league to add to your center depth.  Even though his scoring most likely will regress, expect it to still be at a good rate with the talent that he is playing with. Jiri Tlusty - CAR - LW - 8% owned Last year, Jiri Tlusty had a stat line of 16-14-30 in 68 games.  That is less than overwhelming, to say the least.  This year, he is off to a great start with 3 goals and 1 assist in two games.  This doesn't seem to be a fluke either.  The biggest part of his stat line, is that in those two games, he was averaging twenty minutes per night.  He's been given a huge opportunity and is making the best out of it.  Unless he gets injured (which the rest of the Hurricanes seem to be suffering doing), I expect Tlusty to continue to see about twenty minutes per night.  The bad news, is that Eric Staal just got injured, so that may negatively affect Tlusty's production. Cam Atkinson - CBJ - RW - 15% owned Cam Atkinson was one of my choices for players that could surprise, and boy did he ever.  In two games last week, Atkinson had 3 goals on 8 shots in two games.  He's taking a lot of shots and continues to play hard.  He's only seeing slightly more than 15 minutes per game, but is playing with Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen.  Those of you who know me, know how highly I think of Johansen (he's really freaking awesome), so it's a great sign that they are giving Atkinson time with the best center on the team.  If Atkinson establishes some chemistry with this line, then he may continue to stay with them, regardless of who comes back from injury. Tomas Plekanec - MON - C - 49% owned This year, Tomas Plekanec has split even strength time playing between PA Parenteau and Alex Galchenyuk, and at other times, playing between the Alex Galchenyuk and the love-child of Jari Kurri and Joe Sakic, Jiri Sekac.  Regardless of his line mates, Plekanec has put up 4 goals and 1 assists in three games, all coming at even strength.  Because of that, he's also sporting a savvy +4.  He's averaging one hit and one blocked shot per game but he's only winning 45.4% of his faceoffs.  For a 31 year old who's numbers seemed to be in a steady decline, it's quite the surprise to see Plekanec playing this well. Elite Players Being Elite Sidney Crosby - PIT - C - 100% owned Sidney Crosby is the definition of elite.  He is currently averaging 1.4 points per game over the course of his career.  In this era of hockey, that is absolutely ridiculous.  He seems to be very happy playing with Patric Hornqvist (who is also probably really happy) and longtime line mate Chris Kunitz.  Right now, Crosby has 3 goals and 3 assists, and is tied with Brock Nelson (yeah, that guy up there) for the league lead in points.  One surprising area of his game that is usually elite but is subpar right now are his faceoff numbers.  By subpar, I mean he is doing terribly, only winning 44.2% of his faceoffs.  To put that into perspective, that's lower than Marc-Andre Cliche's 44.7%.  Crosby has been above 50% in the past three years and above 52.5% in the past two, so expect his faceoff percentage rise. John Tavares - NYI - C - 100% owned John Tavares continues to prove that the Isles were right to choose him over Hedman and Duchene in the 2009 draft.  At even strength, he has been playing with Kyle Okposo and Cory Conacher.  He currently has 1 goal and 4 assists in two games.  His lone goal and 2 assists came on the power play while the other two assists were at even strength.  Tavares is also struggling in the faceoff dot, only winning 46.7% of his faceoffs, but has only taken 15 total faceoffs in two games.  Expect at least a point per game performance from Tavares as the Isles most likely make the playoffs. Shot In The Dark Every week, I will give one player who is 5% owned or less in Yahoo! leagues and name them my shot in the dark player of the week. Alex Chiasson - OTT - C - 3% owned I was a bit surprised to see that Alex Chiasson was only 3% owned.  His rookie campaign ended with 13-22-35 with a very bad -21.  Then he was traded to Ottawa in the Jason Spezza deal, and I have a feeling that being on Ottawa ,may be what is scaring some fantasy owners away.  So far he has 1 goal and 1 assists in two games while playing beside quality line mates in Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad.  Chiasson is also averaging 16:17 per game so it seems like he will continue to see some ice time.  He is low risk high reward if you decide to pick him up. What fantasy players are frustrating you?  Who is saving your team?  Who do you have an eye on?  Let me know what you want to see next week on The Waiver Wire. Mile High Hockey
    2014-10-14 Game 4 Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs - All eyes on the Avs in the Centre of the Hockey Universe. Colorado fly in to southern Ontario tonight to continue their quest to find goals in the Flortheast division. They were able to locate two last night in Boston, a crunchy one from Jamie McGinn and a dramatic one to win it in the last second from Daniel Briere. But still, the top forwards continue empty handed thus far. A trip to Toronto may be just what the doctor ordered. The Leafs have allowed 37 shots against per game played, better only than defensive stalwarts Buffalo, Edmonton, and Calgary. (Right above them are the Avs, who have allowed 36.7, which of course is weighed down by that barforama on opening night and should come down over time.) Both teams come in after their first victories of the season, Colorado a business lunch yesterday in Boston (2-1), and Toronto on Sunday over the Rangers (6-3). The Leafs have three points from American hero Phil Kessel, as well as (spit-take) THREE GOALS from THE Tyler Bozak? Other Leafs to watch include rookie defenseman and man with two first names Stuart Percy (1G2A) and, apparently, Corporal Leo Komarov, who has three assists. Toronto, u crayy. Leafs goaltender James Reimer took a knock to the head, which was kind of terrifying given his concussion history, but is fine and rumor has it might even start. I clicked on the Toronto Star to find that information so you don't have to. You're fucking welcome. Ryan Wilson, unfortunately, was not so lucky, taking a puck to the face last night. Chambers is reporting the team fears another concussion for him. Really, really sad news for him. Semyon Varlamov is on schedule to backstop the Avalanche. Avs Lines, maybe Jamie McGinn - Matt Duchene - Jarome IginlaGabe Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Dennis Everberg (or Tangs or Briere)Alex Tanguay - Nathan MacKinnon - Daniel BriereCody McLeod - Marc-Andre Cliche - Max Talbot Nick Holden - Erik JohnsonJan Hejda - Tyson BarrieBrad Stuart - Nate Guenin or Zach Redmond Semyon Varlamov(Reto Berra) John Mitchell (migraines or something)Jesse Winchester (concussed)Ryan Wilson (concussed)Nate Guenin or Zach Redmond (healthy) Records Both teams are 1-2-0. Real original, guys. Leafs people Pay a visit to Pension Plan Puppets because they rock and stuff and their Twitters are fun. James Mirtle provides intelligent Leafs coverage (even if he does slapfight with Avs fans on Twitter over analytics) and you should never, under any circumstances, do what I did and visit the Toronto Star. Also worth a visit are Justin Fisher, Steve Dangle, Jeffler and company over at Leafs Nation. How to watch it :30 game alert! This one is on at 5:30 mountain, 7:30 eastern, 0:30 GMT on Altitude, TSN-4 in Canada and TV-A in wherever TV-A is. Quebec-ish I think. :30 game alert! Colorado have gotten 2 of the 6 points I want from them on this trip. Let's go get two more. Mile High Hockey
    2014-10-14 Iginla has 'no doubts' the Bruins 'will be just fine' - It was a triumphant return for Jarome Iginla. His Colorado Avalanche literally pulled off a last-second, 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Monday afternoon, and Iginla had a couple of shot attempts and a hit to go along with a plus-1 rating (he was on the ice for Jamie McGinn’s second-period score). He got a nice little ovation from the TD Garden fans when his name was announced in the Colorado starting lineup, and he enjoyed renewing acquaintances with his old B’s teammates. “It was fun to come back," he said. "It was a little different, for sure, because I haven’t been gone that long. I had one of my favorite and most exciting years last year. It’s all good memories for me." Iginla -- scoreless in his first three games with the Avs, though the team itself was shut out in the first two -- is aware of the Bruins' struggles. "I have a lot of friends on the other side, so I’ve been following what they’ve been doing," he said. later adding:... YardBarker
    2014-10-14 Daniel Briere scores with less than 1 second left to lift Avs over Bruins - The Colorado Avalanche haven't showed much scoring prowess so far. That didn't matter after Daniel Briere beat the clock for their first win of the season. Briere scored off a rebound with less than a second left in the third period to lift the Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday in a matchup of two teams struggling offensively. "Hopefully there are many more to come, but it's certainly a good feeling to find a loose puck like that late in the game and get a big win especially after the start that we had," Briere said. "It's been a little bit of a roller coaster to start the season, but we are hoping this game will get us on our way." It was Briere's 300th career goal. Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avalanche, who had opened the season with two shutout losses. Backup goaltender Reto Berra made 27 saves in his first start of the season. The game appeared to be heading to overtime when Boston goaltender Niklas Svedberg ma... YardBarker
    2014-10-13 Watch: Daniel Briere scores buzzer-beating goal to give Avs first win - With 0.4 seconds left in regulation, Daniel Briere banged in a rebound from the slot to give the Colorado Avalanche their first victory of the season Jamie McGinn also scored and goaltender Reto Berra made 27 saves in a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday. Forward Loui Eriksson scored for the Bruins (1-3-0), while goaltender Niklas Svedberg stopped 28 of 30 shots. Briere’s goal was the 300th of his NHL career. The post Watch: Daniel Briere scores buzzer-beating goal to give Avs first win appeared first on Sports Glory. YardBarker
    2014-10-13 Briere's goal beats clock; Avs beat Bruins 2-1 (The Associated Press) - BOSTON (AP) -- Daniel Briere scored off a rebound with four-tenths of a second left in the third period to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday. Yahoo News - NHL
    2014-10-13 McGinn sneaks a low shot behind Svedberg - Colorado Avalanche forward Jamie McGinn fires a shot from the right circle that sneaks past Boston Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg to open the scoring. Colorado Avalanche

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