The Colorado Avalanche (25-24-11) defeated the Winnipeg Jets (36-20-4) for the second time in a week Wednesday night. In the 7-1 home victory, Colorado recorded 46 shots on goal and consistently pressured Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.
Since Jared Bednar’s decision to shake up the lines last week, the Avs have won three-of-four games and outscored the competition by nine goals (14-5). Colorado has looked particularly impressive as of late, winning the last two contests by respective scores of 3-0 and 7-1.
In Wednesday night’s victory over Winnipeg, the Avs had five different players record at least two points. Tyson Jost and Carl Soderberg each paced the Avalanche with three points apiece.
Jost, 20, has been skating with extreme confidence since be recalled from the Colorado Eagles. On Wednesday, the young forward had arguably the best game of his young career with two assists and one goal.
Along with the offensive explosion, Semyon Varlamov was phenomenal between the pipes for a second consecutive night. On the heels of a 40-save performance against Las Vegas, Colorado’s veteran goaltender was able to stop 26-of-27 against the Jets.
Colorado will have a crucial two-game road trip, beginning Friday night at Chicago. The Avs will then shoot over to Nashville for a Saturday afternoon contest against the Predators.