The Avalanche are finding themselves at home for the first time in a long time. They are in a stretch of the season where they have 16 games, of which 3 are home. A dire situation for the Avalanche who are flirting with a playoff position. Tune in at 9 to see how the Avalanche fair.
MacKinnon is still out today he has missed the last two games with what I suspect to be a separated shoulder. Rantanen is also out tonight with a UBI as of yesterday. The Sharks will be missing Joe Thornton this evening.
The first line for the Avs will be Kerfoot, Wilson and Landeskog. This should be a doozy, Also Bernier is going to be starting tonight so yeah, I’m expecting a loss.
1st Period Updates
There are about a billion AHL caliber players running around out on the ice again and its driving me crazy.
Bernier has been busy for the first couple of minutes so far but he looks more composed than Varly did when he came back. Not looking very good for the Avalanche so far, they are barely fending off the Sharks.
Zadorov has been getting really comfortable in his position and is really starting to bring the noise on some bodies.
Avs Outshot 14-3
0-0 after the first twenty minutes of play.
2nd Period Updates
The first line tonight has to be Nieto, Comeau, and Soderberg. They are the clear number two line with Rantanen and Mackinnon in the lineup.
GOAL! Gabriel Bourque! (3rd) My favorite call-up off a 2-1 with J.T. Compher. The Avalanche get the all-important first goal of a 0-0 game!
GOAL! Tyson Jost!! (4th) absolute ripper top shelf on Martin Jones. Fakes the pass to JT Comphre and just slings the puck upstairs. 2-0
This is a completely different team this period. Pretty typical of the Avalanche to have a strong second period. They are fourth in the league when it comes second period goals.
Joel Ward (5th) banks one of the Camera at the top of the net and after a video review we have a good goal. 2-1
3rd Period Updates
The Avalanche have 12 shots on nets far this game.
The Avalanche are back on their heels again for the first 5 minutes of the period. periodically launching an odd-man-rush but not sustained offense.
Did Colin Wilson score!? lets review! Amazing call by Wes Mccauley and incredible defensive play by Timo Meier to keep it a one goal game.
10:00 minutes left
Sharks are still on the full assault would not be surprised if the Sharks score soon. Its like wave after wave of offense.
Ava are making the best of the counter attack generating some chances but have not been able to capitalize.
Once again Bernier is being incredible.
Shots 35-18 in favor of the Sharks
JT Compher’s speed stat in NHL18 better be atleast a 92, almost blew the doors off of Burns before he even realized what was going on. I get scared every time Burns tees up a shot this game needs to be over already.
San Jose Empty Net
Bernier stones Couture in the slot!! with 31.1 seconds left. time to close out the game.
My 3 stars
1st Star- Bernier 38 saves
2nd Star- Jost 1G (GWG), 1A
3rd Star- Compher 1G, 1A
I did not think the Avalanche were going to win in the slightest.