Episodes
Nathan MacKinnon is having a season for the Colorado Avalanche ages, and it brings up a question fans love asking about their teams. Which players are on the Avalanche Mt. Rushmore? Not only is Nathan MacKinnon pushing to get placed next to Avalanche greatness, but Cale Makar is obviously in the mix as well. But if we have two guys possibly entering the mountain, who's coming off of it? Tune in, subscribe and enjoy! Subscribe to our Subtext to talk to us...
Published 04/12/24
The Colorado Avalanche needed to get back on track. And Nathan MacKinnon was just the guy for the job. A four point night, including his 3rd hat trick of the season, lifted the Avs to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild which eliminated the Wild from playoff contention in the process. We break it all down and get into the NHLPA players poll. Tune in subscribe and enjoy! Subscribe to our Subtext to talk to us directly! https://joinsubtext.com/lockedonavalanche Follow & Subscribe on all...
Published 04/11/24
On yesterday's episode, we discussed the never-ending goalie situation with the Colorado Avalanche. After the 7-4 loss to the Dallas Stars Sunday night we can add defensive and penalty kill problems to that list. It's odd to do that with the penalty kill at least. It has been excellent as of late. But it looked dreadful against Dallas. Was it just a blip on the radar or have the Avs been figured out? The defense on the other had has had it's share of ups and downs all season, and Dallas...
Published 04/09/24
No bones about it. The Colorado Avalanche game against the Edmonton Oilers Friday night was one of their worst of the season. We can throw out all the excuses, but none would stick. It was bad. Maybe none worse for goalie Alexandar Georgiev. And because of that people are asking again who should be the starter in net for the post season. The host of Locked on Avalanche are split. Tune in to hear why! Subscribe and enjoy! Subscribe to our Subtext to talk to us...
Published 04/08/24
The Colorado Avalanche got past the Minnesota Wild 5-2 Thursday night in St. Paul. Justus Annunen came up huge again and saved 44 shots while Jonathan Drouin got beyond the 50 point mark. Mikko Rantanen added not only an empty netter that sealed the game, but it was also his 40th goal of the season. Now the Avs have to turn around and do it all again in Edmonton against the Oilers on Friday. We break it all down! Tune in, subscribe and enjoy! Subscribe to our Subtext to talk to us...
Published 04/05/24
The Colorado Avalanche started and ended their matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets the way you would want the Avs to play against any team, let alone the Blue Jackets. It was the in-between where Columbus cashed in, which was enough to put the Avalanche away, 4-1. Bottom line is the Avs can't lose to a team like Columbus at this stage in the season. But did they play well? The stats say they did. But the stats don't matter much when you don't have two in the standings. We break it all...
Published 04/02/24
The Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers went toe to toe Thursday night, and then let a shoot-out decide the winner. A great game from start to finish saw the Avalanche drop the extra point in the shoot-out, and to add salt in the wound, Nathan MacKinnon's two streaks came to an end, but not without some controversy surrounding an assist he was initially given but was then taken away. There was also a questionable goal from the Rangers that Jared Bednar challenged but was not overturned....
Published 03/29/24
The Colorado Avalanche saw their nine game winning streak come to an end Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens. Unexpected to say the least. But Nathan MacKinnon's points streaks roll on. Can they continue with two very good goalies coming up next against the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators? We also discuss the new Justus Annunen contract. It's only a two year deal but with Alexandar Georgiev's contract up after next season, what will next year mean for both Avalanche...
Published 03/28/24
We are joined once again by Adam Denker of Locked on Lightning to check in on the Hart Trophy race, which we all believe is still a two headed race between Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning. What has changed since we last did a cross over with Adam a couple months ago in the race? Has one pulled ahead, has there been anyone new to the mix joining them (McDavid)? We also get some very honest comments from our Subtext people. Tune in,...
Published 03/26/24
This team is never out of it. Even trailing 4-0 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Colorado Avalanche found a way to get it done. Five straight goals, with the 5th coming in overtime by Jonathan Drouin lifted the Avs to their 9th straight win and they now have the outright lead in the division. Speaking of Drouin, he has been one of the hottest players on the team recently. Is he playing his way out of Colorado, or will he sign a new deal for maybe a little less to stay in what clearly is...
Published 03/25/24
The Colorado Avalanche are on a roll as of late, and you have to feel comfortable about their first matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night. Columbus is not a playoff team, but who among the potential playoff matchups the Avs could have in round one of the playoffs would be prefer? Do we even have a preference? Or if the Avs finish out the season playing how they have been are we confident no matter what? We also have some fun with a Disney / Pixar move bracket. Who reigns...
Published 03/22/24
Chris MacFarland had a very good trade deadline this year. Maybe he didn't operate at a speed some of the fan base wanted, but it was a moment of "leave this to the professionals" for him and the Colorado Avalanche. A new article in The Athletic sheds some light on not only how he and the Avalanche care to operate, but how he is viewed by his GM counterparts. Spoiler: very well. We also discuss some of the new rules changes that could be on the way in the NHL as the GM's met in Florida to...
Published 03/21/24
The Colorado Avalanche continue to roll in month of March as a 4-3 win over a very game St. Louis Blues team gave the Avs their 7th straight win as well as competing their four game road trip with eight points. Mikko Rantanen lead the way with a hat trick, Nathan MacKinnon kept his points streak alive, and Justus Annunen provided another solid performance. Unfortunately it wasn't all good news for the Avalanche Nation on Tuesday. Former Avalanche forward and member for the 95-96 Stanley Cup...
Published 03/20/24
Colorado Avalanche prospect Nikolai Kovalenko has touched down in Denver and will be joining his new Avalanche teammates very soon. But the question now is what to do with him? The Avs look to complete their four game road trip by winning all four games. They can accomplish that with a win Tuesday night in St. Louis. What can we expect between the two teams where the game has great meaning for both clubs. And it is rumored that the NHL will release a reality style of show on Amazon next...
Published 03/19/24
Artturi Lehkonen will not be on any Christmas card lists from any Edmonton Oiler fans or players. His goal Saturday night in Edmonton, off an incredible pass from Nathan MacKinnon, with less than a second left in overtime, gave the Colorado Avalanche the two points, their sixth straight win, and third win on this four game road trip. The Avs can sweep the trip with a victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Sean Walker, and all the new additions, continue to be a welcome pack as the new...
Published 03/18/24
Are you not still buzzing after that Colorado Avalanche win over the Vancouver Canucks?? Those are the types of games teams rally behind and point to when times might get tough and say "this is what we are capable of". It was a 2nd period goal by Mikko Rantanen with less than two seconds left that changed everything for Colorado, and another 3rd period where they were the team in charge. But the need to keep doing it this way is not what the Avs want. We break it all down! Tune in,...
Published 03/15/24
The Colorado Avalanche might not have had the lead after the first period, but you got the sense that if they kept up that style of play, things would work in their favor. Boy did they. The Avs found the net five times in the second, and then put the car in cruise control for the 3rd to complete a pretty convincing and dominant win over the Calgary Flames, 6-2. We break it all down! Tune in, subscribe and enjoy! Subscribe to our Subtext to talk to us...
Published 03/13/24
The road has not been kind to the Colorado Avalanche this season. That is no secret. So a four game road trip might have some fans concerned about how many of the eight possible points the Avs can take. Very valid concern. But this will also be the first road trip the team takes post trade deadline. Will it make a difference? Let's hope so! Because if not, you are heading into the playoffs with a season long road issue. Which of the four newbie could have a break out road trip? We...
Published 03/12/24
We got some news from head coach Jared Bednar on some injuries surrounding some Colorado Avalanche players. First was Gabriel Landeskog. The Avs have a timeline on when they even want to consider Landy returning, and that is minimally a year from when he had his recent surgery which was May of 2023. So a round 1, game 1 return will not happen. Round 2? Maybe. But is it even worth it? Second was Logan O'Connor. LOC has been out recently with a lower body injury. We know now that it was hip...
Published 03/11/24
If you thought the Colorado Avalanche were done making moves after an active Wednesday, you thought wrong. While not as major as the moves for Casey Mittelstadt and Sean Walker, the Avalanche focused on depth moves Thursday in bringing in Minnesota Wild forward Matt Duheime as well as Nashville Predators forward Yakov Trenin. We give our thoughts. Also, what could the lines look like for Friday against Minnesota? Tune in, subscribe and enjoy! Subscribe to our Subtext to talk to us...
Published 03/08/24
What a day that was. The Colorado Avalanche threw their hat into the trade season with two big deals. One brought defenseman Sean Walker in from the Philadelphia Flyers while sending a first round pick and Ryan Johansen to Philly. That deal immediately had people thinking something else was brewing, and we didn't have to wait too long to realize it was. Bowen Byram was sent to the Buffalo Sabres for Casey Mittelstadt. We have thoughts. Oh! And the Avs played a game as well against the...
Published 03/07/24
The Colorado Avalanche have traded for defenseman Sean Walker and forward Casey Middlestadt in a pair of separate deals with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres, sending a first-round pick and Ryan Johansen to Philly, and Bowen Byram to Buffalo. Chris Micieli of Locked On Avalanche joins Gil Martin of Locked On NHL to break down the deals from the Avs point of view.
Published 03/06/24
Trade season requires a bigger episode, and that is what we have on tap today. We look at potential players available in all three positions and discuss if we like them, if we think they could fit on the Colorado Avalanche, and who would could possibly be on the way out in Colorado. We also get input on a few of our Subtext subscribers. Tune in, subscribe and enjoy! Subscribe to our Subtext to talk to us directly! https://joinsubtext.com/lockedonavalanche Follow & Subscribe on all...
Published 03/06/24
The Colorado Avalanche took care of business again against the Chicago Blackhawks, which doesn't sound very difficult, but when you have an inexperienced and young goalie who shut them out two straight games, that means something. Justus Annunen is making a case for the Avalanche backup goalie position with his last three starts, and you could argue the case is closed at this point. Two shutouts and another very good showing against the Detroit Red Wings, how can the Avs not be happy? Will...
Published 03/05/24