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This was the early season matchup that I have had circled since the schedule came out. The topline talent, the depth, the expectations for both Colorado and New York are very high and this game will be fun to watch.
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First thing is first. Injuries — or recovery from injury — could play a big role here. Colorado lost its captain for the next three-ish months. Gabriel Landeskog has averaged almost 1 ppg since 2018 and the 29-year-old is going to go under the knife for another knee injury.
While Colorado does rely on depth, it also relies on alllll the things that Landeskog does that does not show up on the stat sheet. He is physical — often bullying defensemen and usually blocking the goalie vision. He is also a bit of an enforcer, letting opponents know that a big hit will be met with a bigger one. He can also score and pass. Duh.
Colorado has faced this loss before.
Landeskog missed six weeks in the 21-22 season and the team went 15-6-2. During that stretch the team also scored five goals or more seven times. The majority of the weight is going to fall on the (more than capable) shoulders of Nate MacKinnon. He will need to keep getting help from Valeri Nichushkin. Big Val is going to have to continue his points run and take the power-forward-on-skates roll that Landeskog played.
For New York, the Rangers will be getting back Vitali Kravtsov. The forward is cleared to play and is likely to be eased back into the speed of the game on the third line. Th 22-year old may not be a household name just yet but the 9th pick from 2018 draft will add another talented forward to a team that goes deep at the position.
As the two teams are skating well right now, the game could come down to special teams. It is where Colorado has thrived, including a 2-2 output against the Golden Knights. It is also where the Rangers have lacked, going 0-5 against the… checks notes… San Jose Sharks?!?!?
Colorado got its road tip off on the right start with the win against Las Vegas and is set for three against the Rangers, Devils, Islanders, respectively. Even without its captain, we like the Avs to win. Take them and get your free $200 from DraftKings!