The Avalanche continued to roll on Friday, securing a 3-1 victory over the Devils to jump to climb to 21-8-3 this season. The Avalanche have already managed to overcome some major injuries this season and keep moving forward, which has made them look like a serious contender. Though looking back to the 2018-19 campaign can show why it’s still a little too early to make bold predictions about how things will go from here.
Through 32 games last season, the Avalanche were 17-9-6 – not as good as they are now, but still in a strong position. However, at the time, the Avalanche were at the beginning of a massive slump that would send them down to 22-23-11 through Feb. 12th before Colorado managed to claw back to make the playoffs. So far this season the Avalanche haven’t been nearly as unstable. They did go through a five-game losing streak from Oct. 26-Nov. 5, but that’s been by far their worst patch of the campaign.
A major test is on the horizon though. From Dec. 16-Jan. 7, Colorado will play in 12 games in 23 days. That span includes three back-to-backs, seven road games, and contests against some tough teams like St. Louis (twice), Carolina, Vegas, Winnipeg, and the Islanders. Whether or not the Avalanche are able to make it through that stretch without any substantial setbacks will be telling.
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VEGAS 3 DALLAS 2 (OT)
Max Pacioretty scored the overtime winner and registered an assist. He has 13 goals and 30 points in 35 games.
William Karlsson found the back of the net for Vegas. It was his 10th goal and 27th point in 35 contests.
Malcolm Subban kicked out 28 of 30 shots last night. He has a 5-5-3 record, 2.96 GAA, and .903 save percentage in 13 starts.
One of Dallas’ two goals was scored by Jamie Benn. He’s up to seven goals and 16 points in 33 games.
Ben Bishop turned aside 29 of 32 shots. He’s 12-6-3 with a 2.07 GAA and .933 save percentage in 23 starts.
COLORADO 3 NEW JERSEY 1
Louis Domingue saved 15 of 17 shots in 30:48 minutes of play before leaving the game with a lower-body injury. He is regarded as day-to-day. Mackenzie Blackwood stepped in and stopped 19 shots the rest of the way, but the Devils failed to rally around him.
The Devils’ lone goal was scored by Mirco Mueller. It was his first goal and point in 18 games this season.
Valeri Nichushkin scored the game-winning goal. He has six markers and 10 points in 28 contests.
Nathan MacKinnon contributed a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. That gives him 20 goals and 50 points in 32 games.
Pavel Francouz saved 37 of 38 Devils shots. He has a 9-2-1 record, 2.26 GAA, and .932 save percentage in 14 contests.