Tag: Mikko Rantanen
The Colorado Avalanche continue their hot homestand with a shutout victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
For the resurgent Avalanche, one player in particular has stood out: forward Nathan MacKinnon, who ranks fifth in the NHL in scoring with 48 points in 39 games.
With only minimal hesitancy, I'll go along now, with the Avalanche sitting at 17-15-3, or barely short of winning half its games. This is hope-tinged mediocrity, and that's quite an improvement. We pause while Gary Bettman tries to sell the idea that the Avalanche is "two games above .500," but it shouted down by anyone savvy enough in the era of three-point games to refuse to fall for a standings system that makes everyone look better than they are.
The Avalanche will be 15-15-2 going into Monday night's home game against Pittsburgh, the second matchup in eight days of the friends and Tim Hortons pitchmen from Halifax, Nova Scotia -- MacKinnon and the Penguins' Sidney Crosby.
The Avalanche are breaking the mold of organizational issues that span multiple decades. This current team could be the start of sustained success.
The suspension is Landeskog's third in three seasons, each for the same transgression; he's earning a reputation for this kind of play, and he needs to be more cognizant of how he approaches those in-game battles.