The Colorado Avalanche (19-12) were on a four-game winning streak before they faced the Arizona Coyotes (12-16) on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, that momentum was snuffed out as they lost 6-3. This was a frustrating game for the Avalanche, as they had been playing so well lately. They emerged victorious in six of their last seven games had resulted in wins, but this one came by way of a lopsided defeat.
Diverse Scoring from Coyotes Overwhelm Incomplete Avs
The Arizona Coyotes had a total of six goals Friday night in their game against the Colorado Avalanche. Shayne Gostisbehere, Lawson Crouse, Nick Schmaltz, J.J. Moser, and Michael Carcone all lit the lamp throughout the evening, followed by Clayton Keller’s late-game tally to seal the win for the home team. Jakob Chychrun assisted on three of these goals and Crouse added two more.
The Colorado squad is no stranger to adversity. With their top forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and Valeri Nichushkin missing the game, the team was at a serious disadvantage. Thankfully for fans of the Avalanche, Coach Jared Bednar believes MacKinnon could be back within the week.
Connor Ingram stepped up in goal, making 26 saves and helping the Coyotes come out on top against Alexandar Georgiev who had seen four wins previously and will bounce back soon enough. The victory highlights the resilience of both teams in dealing with so many injuries this season.
The Avalanche managed three goals of their own from Evan Rodrigues, Cale Makar, and Mikko Rantanen; J.T. Compher recorded assists on two of these scores. Unfortunately for Colorado, Valeri Nichushkin was out with an unspecified lower-body injury sustained last week against Nashville, his second extended absence this season with an ankle injury earlier in the year.
Up Next for the Avs
The Avalanche will take on the Los Angeles Kings this Thursday, as they seek to be in the winning column again. Meanwhile, the Kings emerged victorious over the leading team in the west, the Vegas Golden Knights (24-12), they will no doubt bring the same level of intensity to this game. Fans have been eagerly awaiting Nathan MacKinnon’s return and his expected appearance has only added to the anticipation of the upcoming match. Avs open as favorites as per DraftKings sportsbooks with Over/Under set at 6.5.
It’s sure to be an entertaining bout between the two titans of the Western Conference as both teams strive for a spot at the top. With exciting action anticipated both on and off the ice, fans shouldn’t miss out on this thrilling experience at Ball Arena.