It is always important for teams to begin the run to the playoffs on a positive note. The Colorado Avalanche did everything right except start the run with a win.
The Avalanche’s power play was on point, scoring on three of the five power play chances, but they could not get anything going on the even attack as the Los Angeles Kings came into Denver and stole a win from the Avalanche by a final score of 6-4 in a game in which the Kings scored the final four goals of the game.
The one problem is that the Avalanche could not execute on the chances, especially in the third period in which they were shut out due to the Kings’ goaltender Martin Jones turning into a brick wall. The defense also faltered in the third period as they could not keep the Kings off of the scoreboard, especially Anze Kopitar who was responsible for two of the four unanswered goals that the Kings scored.
It is a rarity to see the Kings score as much as they did, as they have struggled to score in bunches all season long. The Avalanche were caught with their foot off of the gas pedal after obtaining a two-goal game and it cost them. With a tough schedule upcoming for the Avalanche, this loss should not hurt them but they will need to prove themselves against teams who are within the same league as they are.
The road to making the playoffs will be a tough one for the Avalanche, but they will be up to the task. They just need to take advantage of every opportunity that they get in every single game and against the NHL‘s best in order to make a run towards the big show in April.