Mar 19, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden (2) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Avalanche are back in action today in a Sunday matinee against the struggling Winnipeg Jets on the road. Colorado is coming off of a much-needed win at home against the Vancouver Canucks, erupting for a four goal third period which resulted in a 7-3 victory.
The Avs’ sure gave us a treat Friday night, led by Matt Duchene who was all over the ice. Duchene recorded two assists and a breakaway goal in the winning effort, capturing the first star of the game. How about forward Jarome Iginla? Iggy backhanded his first goal of the season (first in an Avalanche sweater) top-shelf against Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack. Iggy also cashed in on another goal late in the third period, finishing the night with two goals and an assist.
Can’t say enough about having one of the Vezina trophy finalists from 2013 back. Semyon Varlamov was solid (despite giving up a goal in the first ten seconds) — not his fault. Varly faced just 29 shots Friday night, saving 26 of them while bailing out Colorado’s penalty-kill unit — earning his first win of the 2014-15′ campaign.
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Colorado shifts their focus to a Central Divison foe — the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg is struggling, posessing a record of (2-5-0) with just four points and coming off a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Just by looking at Winnipeg’s stats, their offense has been pretty rough. They currently rank 28th in goals per game (1.9) while 28th on the power-play — converting just 4.2% percent of the time (1-for-24). That’s good news for Colorado due to the fact their penalty-kill unit kills off the power-play 87.1% percent of the time (6th in the NHL).
Players to keep an eye out for from Winnipeg are defenseman Tobias Enstrom (leads team in points with 6) and forward Bryan Little (leads the team in goals with 4).
Puck-drop between the Colorado Avalanche and Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre is scheduled for 3:00 PM EST, 1:00 PM MST.