Sometimes, you need your goalie to steal a win for you, and that's what the Colorado Avalanche got out of Semyon Varlamov tonight at the United Center versus the Blackhawks.
Varlamov made 46 of 48 saves (.958 sv%) on a night where the Avs started a player short, and lost a defenseman early in the third. Colorado has a handful of players on IR, including PA Parenteau and Alex Tanguay, but despite that, they've been 5-1-1 in the new year. Their goalie has been a big part of that.
In that same stretch, the Blackhawks have gone just 2-1-4; so their silver lining is that they continue to eke out points in losses and remain in the top three of the Central division....
The Colorado Avalanche (28-12-5) are coming to Chicago on Tuesday night for their 3rd match up against the Blackhawks (30-8-10). The Hawks are in a 4 game homestand and will be looking to keep going after earning a W against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, a win which snapped a 3-game losing streak. The teams have split the last two decisions, with Colorado taking the first win 5-1 and Chicago winning the 2nd match-up 7-2.
Goaltending for both teams has been solid, although Blackhawks main netminder Corey Crawford (2.47 GAA, .911 SV%)...
It was Patrick Sharp's birthday on Friday, and he celebrated by notching a hat trick plus an assist in Chicago's 7-2 win over the Avalanche.
Coming off the league-wide three-day Christmas break, Colorado looked like a team that was still on vacation as they were constantly out-skated and out-played by the Blackhawks.
First-year Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said prior to the game that he expected the Blackhawks to win the division by a good margin. But Colorado had a strong start to the season and can still be expected to be in playoff position in the spring - so long as they don't play too many games as bad as last night's.
Monday night, the Blackhawks had one of those games where they looked like they were playing an AHL team. However, their opponents were the New Jersey Devils, who have struggled most of the season.
After having a rough start to the season, the Devils have only 37 points (15-16-7) after losing to the Blackhawks. In the Eastern Conference, they have barely enough points to keep them bouncing in and out of the third spot in the Metropolitan division, which has turned into the NHL's worst division this season. Heading into the game versus Chicago, they sat in third in their division; after the night's games, they had fallen back to 10th in the East.
The Blackhawks (14-3-4) kick off their annual two-week "circus trip" today as they head out on a road trip that will take them to all four Canadian Western conference teams. They will also visit Colorado, Phoenix, and Dallas instead of their usual Thanksgiving weekend swing through California.
First up on the trip is Tuesday night's match at the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs held one of the top spots in the West for most of the early season, but have since lost their past three games and are now 14-5-0 with 28 points, which puts them 4th in the Central, and 2nd in the Western wild card race.
Matt Duchene was injured in Saturday night's game vs Florida, and...
It is the battle of the basement dwellers tonight at the Dome with the 14th place Flames playing host to the 15th place Colorado Avalanche. The Flames enter tonight’s game coming off a 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks last night in Chicago. The Avalanche on the other hand, come into Calgary on two days’ rest, not having played since Sunday when they went down to defeat to the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2.
The league-leading Chicago Blackhawks (23-2-3) continue their four game road trip in Colorado tonight where they will be seeking revenge against the Avalanche team (10-13-4) that ended their historic consecutive games with a point streak just ten days earlier.
The Blackhawks surrendered their first regulation loss of the season at Colorado’s Pepsi Center on March 8th and fell to the visiting Edmonton Oilers just two days later for their second regulation loss. However, the scheduling gods saw fit to give Chicago three days of rest following that Edmonton tilt and the league’s best team did not put them to waste.
Everything comes to an end sometime. For the Chicago Blackhawks, Friday in Colorado is when their incredible point streak in regulation games came to an end. The Blackhawks are human after all.
Whether it was the six games in nine nights grind or the altitude of Denver that contributed to the Hawks loss we are not sure. It also may have just been the law of averages; the opposition targeting them every game or just exhaustion from rewriting history.This is the Blackhawks first loss this season which brings their record now to 21-1-3 at just past the mid way point.
The Colorado Avalanche came in determined to end Chicago’s streak and they did. Col...