Ramblings: Landeskog Returns, Phil Finally Provides Some Thrill (Dec 6)

Ian Gooding

2019-12-06


Getting closer to full health, the Colorado Avalanche are going to be a tough out for opponents. If they can manage to acquire Taylor Hall, then they have to be on the short list of favorites to win the Stanley Cup. And if Nathan MacKinnon decides to sign again for less than his market value, then the Avalanche will hold a competitive advantage for years to come.

The present also looks bright for Colorado, as both Gabriel Landeskog and Andre Burakovsky returned for the Avs on Thursday against Montreal. Landeskog, who was out of the lineup for over a month, scored a goal in Colorado’s 3-2 win.

Unfortunately, the Avs aren’t back to full health, as Nazem Kadri missed the game with a lower-body injury. So here are how the line combinations stacked up on Thursday:

#1           24.6%    BELLEMARE,PIERRE-EDOUARD – CALVERT,MATT – NICHUSHKIN,VALERI   

#2           24.2%    DONSKOI,JOONAS – MACKINNON,NATHAN – RANTANEN,MIKKO

#3           17.3%    BURAKOVSKY,ANDRE – COMPHER,J.T. – LANDESKOG,GABRIEL      

#4           6.9%      JOST,TYSON – NIETO,MATT – TYNAN,T.J.

#5           4%          LANDESKOG,GABRIEL – MACKINNON,NATHAN – RANTANEN,MIKKO          

Joonas Donskoi owners can breathe a sigh of relief (at least for now), as Landeskog was moved to the second line with Burakovsky and J.T. Compher. I’d assume that K