Avalanche forwards, defense take a trip to Canada to face Canadiens
Posted On July 28, 2021
The Avalanche forwards and defensemen have been on a long road to the Olympics.
Colorado is currently ranked 12th in the NHL with a record of 28-28-6 and was eliminated by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs.
In the first two games, Colorado was outshot 42-15 and outplayed by the Canadiens, who were playing their third consecutive game without star goaltender Carey Price.
Colorado finished the series with a 5-3 win.
The Avalanche, who have won two in a row and four of the last five, are coming off a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Panthers have won five straight and five of the past six.
The Avs, however, have not been playing well.
They have been outscored 32-19 in the series and are currently fifth in the Atlantic Division.
In Game 1, Colorado scored twice in the second period but didn’t score again in regulation.
In Games 2 and 3, the Avs outshot the Panthers 17-3 in the third period and were outshot 33-14 in the final period.
This season has been tough for the Avalanche.
They are 2-2-0 in their last six games.
They also lost the first three games in their first round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Injuries have been a problem.
Colorado has been without two defensemen who are among the NHL’s top three in scoring.
The team is also without its top three forwards.
The only other defenseman on the roster is defenseman Gabriel Landeskog, who is out with an ankle injury.
Landesky has missed the past five games with a groin injury.
He is expected to play in Game 3.
Forward Ryan O’Reilly is also out with a lower-body injury.
Forward Tyler Johnson is out indefinitely with a broken leg.
Defenseman Erik Johnson is also expected to miss the series due to an ankle and knee injury.
Goalie Matt Murray is out for the second straight game with a right knee injury and is not expected to return until at least late in the fourth quarter.
The Capitals are hoping to get some revenge after they beat the Avalanche 2-1 in Game 1 of the series in Washington on Saturday night.
The Canadiens have been playing better this series and have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 17-14-3.
They beat Colorado in the Stanley Cup Finals a year ago.
Washington’s Stanley Cup championship was won in the previous series in 2013.
The Washington Capitals are currently 2-3-1 after the first game of the Western Conference semifinals against the Colorado Avalanche.
Game 2 is Saturday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m. on NBCSN.