Ramblings: MacKinnon, Rantanen and Andrighetto Giving the Avalanche a Flicker of Optimism (Mar 30)

steve laidlaw

2017-03-30

Ramblings: MacKinnon, Rantanen and Andrighetto Giving the Avalanche a Reason for Optimism.

 

The Kings secured a big win over the Flames to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Anze Kopitar once again led the way with a pair of points. He has 12 points in 13 games this month. He’s been just about the only King producing.

Jeff Carter scored a goal, just his third point in the last nine games. Check out this stat:

Marian Gaborik rebounded from a healthy scratch with a pair of assists. He and Jarome Iginla continue to be dragged up the ice by Kopitar. Or are they dragging Kopitar down? Who can tell at this point.

Iginla put together a Gordie Howe hat trick in the Saddledome like it was 1999. He was named first star of the game.

A couple of nights ago Jonny Brodzinski was out there for the Kings at 6-on-5 down a goal against Edmonton and then he was a healthy scratch last night. I liked what I saw from Brodzinski in limited viewing. He has eight SOG in two NHL games and has scored 47 points in 56 games at the AHL level this season. Colour me intrigued, although you know that the Kings won’t be messing with their winning lineup from last night.

We’ve got a new leader for most explosive PIM game of the season as Andy Andreoff racked up 34 last night. This wasn’t entirely shocking considering it was the Tkachuk-Doughty revenge game, although I assumed that it would be the two primaries who would get into the fisticuffs but instead it was Tkachuk and Andreoff. When Andreoff decided to go after Tkachuk a second time, he got the boot.

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Last night was just Brian Elliott’s third regulation loss since the All-Star break. It’s been two months of HEAT from the veteran goaltender. Great to see him rebound in the second half.

I do believe it’s worth questioning if Elliott can be a 60-game starter. He’s never started more than 48 games in a season. Any time his workload has been high he has either struggled or gotten hurt. Sure, he has put together some unconscious runs of elite play in the past few years but they’ve never been sustained for more than a month or two.

I’m fine with some inconsistency, mind you. It will be interesting to see what fantasy owners remember come fall and it’s time to draft again. Elliott was the 15th goaltender o