The Morning After: Three stars, five takeaways from the Avalanche victory over N.Y. Islanders

The Morning After: Three stars, five takeaways from the Avalanche victory over N.Y. Islanders

In decisive fashion, the Avalanche rolled over the New York Islanders 6-1 at the Pepsi Center on Sunday. Happy new year, folks.

THREE STARS

  1. Carl Soderberg. Avs’ best forward assisted and scored goals and drew a penalty that led to a power-play goal.
  2. Gabe Landeskog. Team captain had two power-play goals and an assist for Colorado.
  3. Jonathan Bernier. Avs goalie made 27 saves.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

Rookie forward Tyson Jost, 19, played on the No. 1 power play and logged 16:32, twice as much as his previous game. Jost produced a career-high six shots.

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FIVE TAKEAWAYS

Just Carl. Soderberg, who has no nickname, now has one goal and four points more than what he amassed in 80 games last season. His seven goals and 18 points in 35 games aren’t big numbers but he’s having an impressive bounce-back year.

19 and 41. The Avs’ 19 wins are just three shy of all of last season and their 41 points are just seven short of the disaster that was 2016-17.

Ghetto injury. J.T. Compher was scratched because of an upper-body injury and Sven Andrighetto suffered a leg injury in the third period. The Avs didn’t immediately have an update on Andrighetto; we will learn more Monday. The Avs aren’t carrying an extra forward so a call-up may be forthcoming.

Top-five. Leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon had three assists and now has 46 points, which made him tied for fifth in NHL scoring.

Shots galore. Defenseman Patrik Nemeth tied Jost and Landeskog with a team-high six shots. Nemeth, who scored the Avs’ first goal, is a defensive-defenseman but he created much for himself offensively in 20:30.

Published at Mon, 01 Jan 2018 13:21:39 +0000