Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Same Two Teams On Top

By Gail Kauchak
Dec 12, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against Boston Bruins as defenseman Shea Weber (6) defends and right wing David Backes (42) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 12, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against Boston Bruins as defenseman Shea Weber (6) defends and right wing David Backes (42) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 11, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen (96) celebrates with team mates after scoring against Toronto Maple Leafs in the first period at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen (96) celebrates with team mates after scoring against Toronto Maple Leafs in the first period at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 29:  Colorado Avalanche

Previous:  30th

Season Record:  11-15-1

Oh my!  The Avs lost 10-1 to the Canadiens on Saturday.  A loss was expected against the team that is first place in the league.  But to give up 10 goals?  It didn’t really matter who the goalie was here; Varlamov gave up six goals, and Pickard gave up four.  It was also Jarome Iginla’s 1500th NHL career game.  How sad.

The good news is that they won two games on either side of this horrific loss, so I guess that allows them to save face a bit.  Captain Gabriel Landeskog has been back in the lineup for the last few games after being out for six consecutive games.  Can he help this faltering team?

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