By Kerry Collins 16 Sept. January 2021

At the start of the season, the Colorado Avalanche looked like a team that talked about winning the Stanley Cup for two months and then came across a team with players who actually won it

In their second game, the Avalanche returned to something more familiar and their stars delivered

Colorado and the St Louis Blues split the first two games of the season with the Blues, who took the Stanley Cup home with them in 2019, won the opener 4-1, and the Avalanche dominated the second competition 8-0, the second game was significantly more on that aligned with what Colorado expected, especially from its top line

The combination of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen has been one of the scariest lines in the NHL since they played together in 2018. At the start of this season, Colorado coach Jared Bednar Landeskog swapped Andre Burakovsky in the top unit, and the Offensive stuttered

The experiment only lasted the first 60 minutes of the season, and Landeskog was reset for the second game with his familiar linemates, it didn’t take long to produce familiar results

In Colorado’s first two seasons, the combination of Landeskog, MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen scored 10 shots on goal St Louis only had 11 as a team. Together they scored seven points, scoring one goal and two assists from MacKinnon, two goals from Landeskog and a goal and a helper from Rantanen

MacKinnon started last season with a 13-point streak and 2018-19 with a 9-point streak.Rantanen started last year with points in 11 of the first 12 games in Colorado and in 10 of its first 11 games in 2018 -19 with points Landeskog had points in four of the first five games last year and eight goals in the first nine games two seasons ago

The rebound was important as Colorado versus St Louis At the start of Friday’s game, the Blues had won 8 of their last 11 against the Avalanche

One of Colorado’s weaknesses last year was specialty teams focusing on the season.The Avalanche finished 19th a year ago Place in the power game and the 13th Place on penalties The early results of this season show that the Avalanche have taken these poor placements to heart

Of the nine goals that the Avalanche scored this year, seven have the man advantage. With an 8-0 win, they were in power play with a 6-7 win and scored power play goals from six different players – and they all came In the last two periods To put that in perspective: 13 different players scored power play goals for Colorado last season

Andre Burakovsky has scored two power play goals this season and scored one in each of the first two games.He never had more than two in a season in this campaign

The Avalanche also scored goals with the man advantage of MacKinnon, Rantanen, Joonas Donskoi, Nazem Kadri, and Devon Toews It was Toew’s first target since trading with Colorado from the New York Islanders. He also had a backing

eval (ez_write_tag ([[336,280], ‘thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-2’, ‘ezslot_2’, 667, ‘0’, ‘0’])); All four goals were scored in the third time were on the power game In the penalty shootout, the Blues were 0-6 in both games

The Avalanche has four games in six days in California – starting with two games against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. January 19 and 21 You will be playing the Anaheim Ducks in two games three days after the Kings Doubleheader

{The Avalanche were 2-3-1 against the Kings and Ducks last season and only scored 10 goals in their six games. Against the Kings it was particularly difficult as the Avs only scored four goals in three games against them

The top line will hope the outbreak continues on Friday as they haven’t done well against the Kings lately against Los Angeles last season, the trio only managed two assists and not scoring a goal

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MacKinnon has only scored three goals in 19 career games against the Kings He has only scored less against the Vegas Golden Knights (one goal in eight games), along with the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers – two Eastern Conference teams

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