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Postby elaine95 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:21 pm

Improved road play and contributions from the top line have the Colorado Avalanche off to a hot start.The Avalanche close a four-game Eastern road trip on Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.After starting the swing with a shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday Mathew Barzal Jersey , Colorado (5-1-2) rebounded with a pair of wins behind Gabriel Landeskog.Article continues below ...The Avalanche captain, who scored against the Rangers, registered his third career hat trick in Thursday’s 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils and added two goals in Saturday’s 3-1 triumph against the Carolina Hurricanes.“I don’t know if I am doing anything different other than working hard and trying to get into scoring areas,” Landeskog told the team’s official website.Linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen are riding season-opening eight-game point streaks with MacKinnon amassing eight goals and six assists and Rantanen registering two goals and 12 assists.“We had a decent first five or six games, but not great,” MacKinnon said. “The last two or three have been awesome. We’re controlling the play a lot more.”The club record for longest points streak at the start of a season is nine by defenseman John-Michael Liles in 2010-11.Landeskog, in his eighth season, scored the game-winning goal in Colorado’s 5-2 victory over the Flyers on Oct. 6 in Denver. But getting on the scoresheet in Philadelphia has been a struggle for the Avs’ high-scoring trio.Landeskog has two assists, while MacKinnon has a goal and three assists in five career games in Philadelphia. Rantanen has one goal in two games at Wells Fargo Center.Philipp Grubauer was in net for each of Colorado’s last two wins, and made a career-high 42 saves against Carolina. However, the former Washington Capitals backup surrendered 13 goals en route to losses in two starts versus the Flyers in 2017-18.That means the Avs may have Semyon Varlamov between the pipes on Monday. Varlamov, also a former Capital http://www.islandersfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-leddy-jersey , has stopped 68 of 74 shots while winning each of his last two starts against Philadelphia.Varlamov made 35 saves versus the Flyers earlier this month.Last season, Colorado was 15-19-7 on the road and had five losing streaks of at least three games. While it’s still early, the Avs are 3-1-1 away from home.Philadelphia (4-4-0) is looking for consecutive wins for the first time this season after pulling away late to beat the Devils 5-2 on Saturday.Jakub Voracek, who had two assists earlier in the contest, scored with 3:10 to play to snap a 2-2 tie. Wayne Simmonds and Scott Laughton tacked on empty-netters.“I think our team has a good mindset on taking the positives from even the bad games and moving on, and I think that’s what we did (Thursday in a 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets) and (Saturday), and right now we’re just going to try to build on this game and put a streak together,” defenseman Ivan Provorov told the team’s official website.Simmonds, the club leader with six goals, scored twice with an assist in his last two home games against the Avalanche.Brian Elliott, who made 30 saves in the loss to Colorado earlier in the month, is 1-2-0 with a 4.04 goals-against average at home this season. Backup Calvin Pickard (2-1-0 Womens Wayne Simmonds Jersey , 4.73) was drafted by the Avalanche in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft.Philadelphia gave up two power-play goals against New Jersey, and yielded five man-advantage markers in four home games this season.Colorado has scored at least one power-play goal in all five road games. The Nashville Predators have been dominant against the Anaheim Ducks in recent years, and the top team in the Western Conference will try to continue that trend when the teams meet Monday night at Honda Center.The Predators (13-3-0) have won two playoff series in the past three seasons against the Ducks and have gone 6-2-1 in regular-season meetings in that span.The odds appear stacked against the Ducks again Monday as the Predators have won five in a row for the second time this season to bring the NHL’s best record into the game.Article continues below ...The Ducks have dropped nine of their past 11 games (2-7-2) to erase a promising 5-1-1 start.They were beset by injuries during the early part of the season, but as key players have begun returning to the lineup, the Ducks have been unable to turn the corner and start building a winning streak.Anaheim posted emotional wins in the past week against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames, only to lose one-sided games to the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild the next time they took the ice.After the 5-1 loss to the Wild on Friday night, some veterans on the Ducks questioned their mental approach.“We gained a little bit of momentum with how we’ve been playing, and we knew it was going to be a game that we needed to play tight. We needed to earn it,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. “That just shows we weren’t willing to do anything to win the game.”The Predators swept all three meetings against the Ducks last season.In the final meeting on March 8 in Nashville, Anaheim center Ryan Kesler and Predators center Ryan Johansen dropped their gloves late in the second period after Nashville scored short-handed to go up 3-0.Johansen said after the 4-2 victory that Kesler had been requesting a fight for most of the game.Then in August, Kesler tweeted for the first time in months, randomly asking Johansen how his summer training was going http://www.senatorsshoponline.com/authentic-bobby-ryan-jersey , and if he’d like to “meet me in the streets before we get going on the ice.”Johansen simply replied, “I’ll pay for your parking.”Presumably, that meeting never took place, so Monday night will be the first time they’ve faced each other since last March.The Predators were without forward Calle Jarnkrok in their 5-4 overtime victory at the Dallas Stars on Saturday because of a lower-body injury. He participated in warmups, so there’s a good chance he’s close to returning.One area the Predators hope to improve is their power play. They came into Sunday with a 13.6-percent success rate, tied with the Montreal Canadiens for 30th in the NHL. Nashville finished 12th in the league last year at 21.2 percent.Nashville defenseman Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with 42.5 seconds left in regulation against the Stars on Saturday, allowing the Predators to win their eighth straight road game to open the season, but told the Tennessean they’re not satisfied with their overall production with the man-advantage.“We’re not happy with the way it’s going right now,” He said. “It’s something we want to change as soon as possible.”
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