With a big win Monday night in Toronto, and very winnable games upcoming against the Kingsand Senators, there is good reason to believe the Colorado Avalanche can push out of the slump they’ve been in for the last month.
The 6-3 victory over the Maple Leafs was only the second in Colorado’s previous 11 games. It’s been a tough run that has seen the Avalanche fall down the standings, though they still hold on to the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
The team has been playing a lot better lately, but they’ve been a victim of bad luck – and bad goaltending. Things are bound to regress back to luckier ways eventually. The return of three veterans should help to stabilize things as well.
On Saturday night in Montreal, we saw both Colin Wilson and Mark Barberio return to the lineup while Nikita Zadorov made an impactful return last night. All three of these players should be regulars in the Avalanche lineup – despite what some think of Barberio – bringing stability and strength to a lineup that hasn’t seen much of either this season.
The addition of Wilson to the forward group has already paid dividends as he looked great with his new linemates against Toronto. Playing with Carl Soderberg and J.T. Compher on the newly formed second line, Wilson made a big impact in the team’s latest victory. After outworking both Nikita Zaitsev and Travis Dermott behind Toronto’s net, Wilson set up the game winning goal midway through the third period.