Avalanche Performance Review: End of Season
Avalanche finish 2nd in Central division, make playoffs for first time in franchise history
5/18/2021 • Kaylen Noga
DENVER - Ladies and gentlemen: the Avalanche have made the playoffs. Colorado finished the season with a 50-26-6 record, going 13-5-1 in their final 19 games and finishing second in a super competitive Central Division. Newley acquired Gabriel Landeskog led the team in both goals and scoring, joining many Avalanche players in having career seasons.
Landeskog finished the year with 41 goals and 82 points, the only player to finish at a point-per-game pace. Pierre-Luc Dubois set career marks across the board, scoring 31 goals and 80 points on the season. Dylan Larkin nearly reached the 30-goal mark himself, coming in 3rd in team scoring. Larkin's 26 goals and 70 points were both career highs for the Avalanche captain. Duncan Keith's first season in Colorado was his best, as the veteran blue liner collected 13 goals and 61 points, a new career high. Shea Theodore tied him for the team lead in goals among defencemen with 13 (a career high), finishing the year with a career-high 51 points.
Connor Hellebuyck's up and down season was mostly successful, and the veteran netminder appeared to round into form as the post-season approached. Helleybuck finished the year with a 39-21-5 record, posting a 2.49 GAA and .909 save percentage with 4 shut outs. Ilya Samsonov, Hellebuyck's first-year understudy, went through the growing pains expected of young netminders. Samsonov finished the year 11-5-1, with a 2.76 GAA and .903 save percentage, adding 1 shut out of his own.
Despite finishing behind Boston, Nashville, Philadelphia, Ottawa, and Los Angeles in the standings, no team won more games in regulation than the Colorado Avalanche. Their 48 regulation-plus-overtime wins also tied for most in the league. With so much success in regulation, the Avs are sure to be a handful in the post-season. Colorado finished off the best season in franchise history with a regulation win over the St. Louis Blues and will look to continue that success against the division rival Dallas Stars in the first round of the playoffs. For Mile One (post-season) Hockey, this is Sandy Bunns, reporting.