The Colorado Avalanche (20-51-3) look to finish up their short two-game road trip tonight in Calgary against the Flames (42-29-4). In their last meeting on January 4th, the Avalanche lost to the Flames 4-1. In their last game, they fell behind early just under 2 minutes into the first period. Sven Andrighetto was able to tie the game up less than a minute after that. Once the Avalanche got the game all tied up though it was pretty much an uphill battle as the Oilers took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, and then kept pushing up the score differential after that.
Practice this morning was productive and the team has kept attempting to work hard in practice despite the rough season it has been to this point.
Keep Working Hard
Here is a tweet from practice from Altitudes Lauren Gardiner
— Lauren Gardner (@LGRed) March 26, 2017
There are a few younger players on this team as well as some older guys who know that this is their chance the rest of this season to earn either a full-time roster spot next season with the Colorado Avalanche, or to be on tryout to earn a full-time roster spot or a chance with another club as well. As hard as it may be for some players to keep getting up and putting in that hard work and effort in the midst of such a hard season you know that the younger kids and some of the older vets know exactly what this opportunity means for them.
Keep trying to have fun
It is also good to see someone like Matt Duchene is still trying to enjoy and make the most of the rest of this season as well. Here he showed some fun spirit and kindness to the fans in what I believe was the pre-game warm ups before the last game. He got someone a date to their prom, check it out!
— Bar South N Celly™ (@BarSouthNCelly) March 24, 2017
Here are a couple guys to watch in tonight’s game
Both Mark Barberio and Sven Andrigheto have been playing very solid hockey for the Avalanche since they brought them to the team. Barberio was on a waiver pick up and Andrighetto was from a trade at the trade deadline this year in a deal for Andreas Martinsen.
I have really liked what I have seen out of Barberio since the trade. To be completely honest I did not know a whole lot about him other than he played for the Montreal Canadians and had been in and out of the lineup a bit for them this season before the Avalanche picked him up. The more I watch him play once he started to get more comfortable with the Avalanche and how they are wanting to play the game the more and more I started to see some flashes of an old fan favorite from the past in him. John Micheal Liles. Some of the younger fans I have talked with seem to feel like he reminds them of Nick Holden a bit, but I think that anyone who has watched the team a bit longer would understand where I am coming from when I say that he reminds me more of Liles then of Holden. It’s not just offensively that I am talking about either. At just 25 years old currently, I hope that he is a guy that we hold onto for another year or 2 and see if he has any more room left for development.
The more I watched him play as he started to get more comfortable with the Avalanche and how they are wanting to play the game the more and I started to see some flashes of an old fan favorite from the past in him. John Micheal Liles. Some of the younger fans I have talked with seem to feel like he reminds them of Nick Holden a bit, but I think that anyone who has watched the team a bit longer would understand where I am coming from when I say that he reminds me more of Liles then of Holden. It’s not just offensively that I am talking about either. At just 25 years old currently, I hope that he is a guy that they hold onto for another year or 2 and see if he has any more room left for development.
As far as Andrighetto he is a guy that I was very openly and very loudly saying that we should have picked up on waivers the first chance we had to get him for free. If the Habs still wanted Martinsen at the trade deadline then we could have gotten another asset or piece as well, but that is something to discuss another day.
In his last 5 games with the Avalanche, he has scored 2 goals and 2 assists. Those numbers may not make your jaw drop by any means but what has impressed me is the way he is playing and his approach to the game. When he gets the puck he really seems to understand how to use his speed and how to get to the front of the net or to the other hard scoring zones. He also possesses some great give and go passing and seems to be able to keep up with guys like Mackinnon and Duchene. Not only in the can skate fast enough to not get left behind, but can think the game quick enough to make plays and move and adjust at that speed as well.
If you are interested in tuning into the game tonight you can watch it on Altitude TV, or on the NHL Game Center Package online, or you can stream the free radio broadcast of the game at www.coloradoavalanche.com. Shout out to Mark Mosier by the way, if you have not heard him call a game then do yourself a favor and give the radio broadcast a listen one of these days. One of the best out there when it comes to that!
Here is a link to the official Game Notes with the lineup cards as well as some other story lines and interesting information about the teams.
I Think that the Avalanche will come out a bit sluggish in the first period, but will end up turning it on as the game goes on and come out with a 4-2 win tonight. with Andrigheto having a multi-point night.
What are your predictions for tonight’s game? Let us know in the comments!
Here’s hoping the team can get off to a better start tonight and give us something fun to dig into in the postgame report tonight! #letsGoAvs!
Feature Image Credit: AP Photo/David Zalubowski