3 takeaways from Colorado Avalanche’s 4-2 win over Rangers

Colorado Avalanche scored their fifth straight win with a 4-2 win over New York Ranger in Denver. The Avs controlled the majority of this game, although they came under late pressure from Rangers as they pulled their netminder.

The Avalanche continued to roll, and despite the injury, this team is trending in the right direction at the moment, and this win gives them a sweep through Rangers this season, winning both games in less than a week.

Here are the main takeaways from this win.

Strong home model

Playing at altitude is an advantage for the Avs, who have led to strong home form in recent seasons. The start of this season lacked strong home form, but now the team is really rolling, and that is making Denver a place the opponents don’t want to go anymore.

This is Colorado’s eighth consecutive home win, you have to go back to early November when Columbus defeats Avs to find the final home defeat for this team. Not every visitor to Denver has been the strongest in the league, but Florida on Sunday, and the Rangers in this game, saw two of the strongest teams in the East arrive in town and leave. but nothing.

Avalanche has another strong team to visit on Saturday as current consecutive Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay are in town, another win that would be another statement by this team.

Nichushkin keeps scrolling

In a one-year contract, Valeri Nichushkin is starting to have a career year, and again, last night, he brilliantly scored two goals. Last season, the great Russian player scored 21 points, and in his first year playing for Avalanche, he had 27 points.

So far in this season, he has only played 17 games in his absence due to arm injury, and he scored 15 points in those games. Of course, this won’t last, but at his current pace there should be an expectation of 40+ from Nichushkin and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he hits 50, provided he’s playing well. like immediately.

Valeri Nichushkin Colorado Avalanche
Valeri Nichushkin, Colorado Avalanche (Amy Irvin / Hockey writers)

The expanded role he has acquired this season has certainly helped, but this has come while Nichushkin still plays in his very effective defensive role. When Nichushkin was placed in second at the start of the season, many questioned how long he would last there. The talk of that quickly disappeared, he’s now definitely a number six pick, not the third-row pick that many thought he was.

Snake launches from Barron

With Devon Toews placed on the COVID-19 list, Avalanche called up Justin Barron from the Colorado Eagles. The 2021 first-round draft pick has already been considered in pre-season, so it should come as no surprise when the Avs call him up.

In terms of eyes, he was impressive, showing off his skating ability and showing no flaws, which is all you can ask from a rookie playing in the first NHL game. his. He almost got an assist, where he played superbly in the first goal for Nichushkin, but both Nazem Kadri and JT Compher touched the ball after him to get the assist. create.

Not only this, but when you dive into the basic numbers, Barron had an excellent match. At 5v 5, he played for less than 10 minutes and was on the ice for 16 of Avalanche’s chances and only 3 against. Shots followed this pattern, Avs had eight shots while Barron was on the ice and allowed only one.

He was also unsheltered, he was given the chance to play with everyone on the team and was not constrained to only play with the big stars. Among the guardians, Barron spent more than four minutes of his icy time with Kurtis MacDermid. As for the striker, Barron spends most of his time with Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Darren Helm, Logan O’Connor and Mikhail Maltsev.

No help for Barron as Jared Bednar takes care of the rookie in this game. He’s been given all the experience, is trusted with, and has certainly done it. If this is a sign of things to come, we could see Barron in line longer than expected.

What’s next?

The Avs hit the road for a game in Nashville on Thursday, followed by a home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, where they will try to land nine straight wins at home.

With Devon Toews out until after Christmas, Barron is expected to stay with the team for these two games and beyond, as the Avs continue to experience health problems.



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