Ramblings: Avalanche Snowed In, Adjusting to Bye Weeks (Mar 5)

Ian Gooding

2017-03-05

Avalanche snowed in, adjusting to bye weeks, plus more…

The Colorado Avalanche seem to have already locked up the best odds for this season’s draft lottery. There are many statistics that show how hopeless the Avalanche are, but one glaring sore spot is the power play. The Avs last scored a power-play goal on February 14 and have gone 0-22 on the man advantage since then.

This power-play futility is affecting any Avs that you own. Nathan MacKinnon has just two power-play goals all season, while Matt Duchene has only three. Duchene, by the way, was held without a point with a minus-3 in this game, which makes it six games without a point. MacKinnon is now at 14 games without any kind of goal.

First-unit power-play QB Tyson Barrie has only seven power-play points all season, which is tied for 49th among all defensemen. With overuse resulting in a minus-26, Barrie’s fantasy value has plummeted. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I had to pick him up in a trade that I made to upgrade my goaltending for my head-to-head playoff weeks. But I tell myself that it’s for only 19 more games (since it’s a non-keeper league). That’s also what Colorado players have to be telling themselves.

Here’s Colorado’s season in just one play. Blake Comeau, what are you thinking? Even my seven-year-old knows that you don’t pass the puck on a breakaway!

The only silver lining for Colorado in this 6-1 loss to Winnipeg was that a Gabriel Landeskog goal with just 16 seconds left managed to prevent Connor Hellebuyck from recording shutouts in consecutive nights. Without any rooting or fantasy interest, whether you wanted that goal to count depended on if you wanted Hellebuyck to get another shutout or if you feel sorry for the Avalanche. But suddenly Hellebuyck has reverted to a goalie that you can safely use again.

Blake Wheeler has had an awesome weekend, picking up three points in back-to-back games to go with a plus-5. Nikolaj Ehlers also had a game, scoring a goal and adding two assists to go with a plus-4. If the Jets can get this kind of scoring and the kind of goaltending that we think Hellebuyck is capable of, they could become very good very fast.

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Drew Stafford made his Bruins debut on Saturday, playing on a line with Frank Vatrano and Ryan Spooner. It was a pretty good night