Why the Colorado Avalanche Have Become One of the NHL’s Worst Teams in 2014-15

November 14th, 2014 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

NEW YORK — Matt Duchene considered the question, one he has no doubt heard multiple times this season, about why this year’s Colorado’s Avalanche have been losing so many more games compared to last season.

He immediately referenced a pivotal play in Thursday night’s game against the New York Rangers. 

With the teams skating four-on-four, Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and Erik Johnson looked as dangerous as a blow dryer near a bathtub on a three-on-two. With Duchene carrying the puck, he backed down the Rangers and dropped the puck for a wide-open O’Reilly. 

The pass slid off O’Reilly’s stick and onto the blade of the Rangers’ Derek Stepan. Seconds later, Stepan scored on a two-on-one, and the Avs’ lead was gone.

“That play there, if you go back and watch it,” Duchene said, “if O’Reilly and I connect on that shot, it’s probably a goal for us, because he would’ve been by himself at the hash marks with a wide-open shot, and he’s a great goal scorer.

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