Avalanche Performance Review: February
Avs cool off in mediocre February
4/22/2021 • Kaylen Noga
DENVER - The Avalance struggled through most of February, coming back down to Earth from what has been an exceptional season so far. Through 14 February games, the Avalanche went 8-6-0, outscoring their opponents 52-43 over that span. Despite the down month, the Avalanche finished in sole posession of 2nd place in a tight Central Division.
For the first time this season, neither Pierre-Luc Dubois nor Gabriel Landeskog led the team in scoring. Nikolaj Ehlers led the way in February, posting 15 assists and 17 points. Landeskog's 16 points were not far behind, and his 7 goals were tied with Ryan Strome for the lead. Despite missing the first and only game of his career, Dubois collected 14 points in 13 games.
Connor Hellebuyck had another rough month. The Avs' starting netminder was 6-5-0 on the month, finishing with a 3.11 GAA and 0.890 save percentage. Rookie backup Ilya Samsonov did not fair much better, collecting a pair of wins in his 3 starts and finishing the month with a GAA of 3.00 and 0.911 save percentage. Hellebuyck's will need to find the consistency in his game again if Colorado hopes to maintain their hold on 2nd in the Central.
For the first time in franchise history, the Avalance are poised to make the post-season. Colorado can point to career years from key players in Landeskog, Larkin, Dubois, Strome, Duncan Keith, and Shea Theodore, among others. Hellebuyck has been steady for the majority of the season, and Colorado should feel comfortable relying on him in the playoffs. A strong finish to the season could see the Avs overtake the Predators for 1st in the Central. This reporter is just happy they're in the conversation. For Mile One Hockey, this is Sandy Bunns reporting.