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Colorado Avalanche Performance Review: November


DENVER - After a forgetful October, the Avs needed a November for the ages. Instead, Colorado went 5-8-1 resulting in the departures of players expected to be crucial parts of Colorado's present and future. Matt Duchene, Colton Parayko, and Oliver Bjorkstrand were traded for Nikolaj Ehlers, Brendan Gallagher, and Marcus Nutivaara. The moves seemed to be fruitless, however, as the Avs finished the month 2-5-0.

Colorado's offence awoke a little in November. Pierre-Luc Dubois led the team in goals with 6 and points with 12, while Hampus Lindholm led in assists with 9. Jake DeBrusk and Anthony Mantha recorded 5 goals apiece, and second-year defenceman Shea Theodore added 4 goals and 9 points of his own.

Robin Lehner and Sam Montembeault struggled mightily in November. In 6 starts, Lehner had a 1.98 GAA and .925 save percentage with 2 shut outs. Despite these sparkling stats, Lehner finished with a 1-4-1 record. Montembeault fell back down to Earth, posting a 4-4-0 record along with a 3.22 GAA and .887 save percentage in 8 starts.

The Avs' special teams struggles continued into November. Colorado mustered a paltry 9 power play goals on 55 attempts. The penalty kill continued to let the team down as well. Colorado surrendered 14 goals on 57 attempts, meaning the Avs only killed off 75% of the penalties they took. Colorado needs to figure out their special teams, and fast, if the Avs hope to finish the season in a playoff spot.

Colorado's disastrous October bled into November, pushing the Avs closer to a top-3 lottery selection than a playoff spot. Despite the bleak outlook, Avalanche management insist that playoffs are the goal. For the Avs to have a successful season, the focus must be on December. Colorado has a lot of things to figure out in a short period of time if they hope to finally make the playoffs. For Mile One Hockey, this is Sandy Bunns reporting.