Colorado Avalanche Win First Three of Road Trip


The Colorado Avalanche entered their seven game road stretch with a lackluster 4-9-1, but the team has won their first three games of their road trip to improve to 7-9-1.

After a 2-2 start to the season, the Colorado Avalanche won just two games out of their next nine, resulting in a poor 4-9-1 record. Also, the lost their only game that went into overtime, a 1-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at home. Moreover, the Avalanche are abysmal at home sporting a 2-6-1; however, the team sports a surprising, but impressive, 5-3-0 record on the road. With the Avalanche currently in the middle of a seven game road trip, this stretch could decide whether the team sinks or swim in the Western Conference.

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It is surprising that the Colorado Avalanche have a better road record than home record at the moment, but they hope to continue to ride their momentum during the stretch run of their road trip. The Avalanche began their road trip on November 10th against the Philadelphia Flyers, and the trips lasts until November 23rd. After the road trip concludes, the Avalanche return to Denver for Thanksgiving week. Entering a seven game road trip with a 4-9-1 record, their season looked to be in jeopardy, because with a poor showing, they could essentially be out of contention.

The Colorado Avalanche lost their November 6th home matchup against the New York Rangers before embarking on their road trip; thus, the Avalanche carried no momentum into their two week road trip. However, the Avalanche looked to build their own momentum while on the road. The Avalanche opened their road trip with a win at Philadelphia by a score of 4-0, shutting out the opposition. Matt Duchene scored two goals on four shots and added an assist. Also, Nick Holden added two assists in the game; while, Reto Berra earned the shutout with 25 saves in the contest. 

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After an impressive opening game of the road trip, the Colorado Avalanche traveled to Boston to take on the Bruins. The Bruins presented stiffer competition than the Flyers, but the Avalanche managed to come away with the win, making it back-to-back wins for Colorado. Matt Duchene, once again, stole the show with one goal and one assist in the game. Moreover, Francois Beauchemin added a goal of his own, and for the second-consecutive game, Reto Berra notched 25 saves (on 27 shots). The Avalanche walked away from the contest with a 3-2 road win.

Flying high after back-to-back wins, the Colorado Avalanche faced their stiffest competition on the road thus far, the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens entered the game with an impressive 13-2-2 record to lead the Eastern Conference; however, that did not stop the Avalanche from earning yet another win. The Colorado Avalanche won in convincing fashion, by a score of 6-1, the largest win on the season for the Avalanche. The Avalanche handed the Canadiens their third loss of the season, and the win marked the third-consecutive win for the Avs. Berra notched 39 saves on 40 shots; moreover, Nathan MacKinnon led the Avalanche with two goals and one assist. Also, Duchene added one goal and two assists.

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With three-straight wins to kickoff a seven game road trip, the Colorado Avalanche look to carry their momentum into their fourth game of the trip. The Avalanche travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Tuesday as they look to make it four-straight wins. With Duchene and Berra locked in, the Avalanche hope to continue their winning ways. The Avalanche are closing in on .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season. After Toronto, the Colorado Avalanche travel to Pittsburg, Washington (D.C.), and Winnipeg to conclude their road trip before heading home. Keep up the good work, Avs!