Scouting Report: Colorado Avalanche
CALGARY, AB -- After starting the season as one of the league’s hottest teams, the Colorado Avalanche have cooled.
The Avalanche started the season 14-2-0 but have gone just 5-5-0 since, dropping to seventh in the Western Conference. They’ve scored just nine goals in their past five games, too and enter Friday’s game against the Calgary Flames ornery after dropping a tough 8-2 decision against the Edmonton Oilers 24 hours ago.
Colorado will try to rebound against the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).
This Season: 19-7-0, 38 points (7th in West)
Last Season: 16-25-7, 39 points (15th in West)
Notable Additions: C Nathan MacKinnon, LW Alex Tanguay, D Cory Sarich, D Andre Benoit, D Nick Holden, D Nate Guenin
Notable Subtractions: RW Milan Hejduk, RW David Jones, RW Chuck Kobasew, RW Aaron Palushaj, D Shane O'Brien, D Greg Zanon
Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-0
Landeskog enters Friday’s game against the Flames riding a three-game point-scoring streak. The 21-year-old captain has two goals and five points during the stretch to help push him into a tie for first in scoring among all Avalanche skaters with Matt Duchene. His 12 assists are a team-high, too.
Though he snapped his four-game pointless drought with an assist against the Oilers on Thursday, Duchene has struggled to produce offensively after returning from an oblique injury suffered on Nov. 16th. Still, the 22-year-old is a dangerous a forward as the Avalanche have and paces the team with 12 goals and 21 points.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
The first overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft has acquitted himself well in his first season of professional hockey. MacKinnon has five goals and 16 points in 26 games. He’s also averaging 15:44 of ice time this year.
O’Reilly sits second on Colorado with nine goals and his 17 points hold a share of third for the team-lead. The 22-year-old has just one point -- an assist -- in his past five games, though, and has just two goals and nine points in 21 career games versus the Flames.
Tied with O’Reilly and PA Parenteau for third in team scoring with 17 points, Stastny also has a share of the team-lead for shooting percentage at 17 percent. The 27-year-old pivot has been dominant in the faceoff circle, too, leading all Avalanche centers at 54.3 per cent -- 22nd league-wide.