The Colorado Avalanche have one of the NHL's most dynamic offenses, led by Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon. The Arizona Coyotes play it much closer to the vest, relying on superb goaltending and counterattacking when they have the opportunity. The Avalanche were second in the Western Conference with 94 points when the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Colorado dominated well into the third period with nothing to show for it. All that firepower and the Avalanche could not solve Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper. Once they broke through, an avalanche of goals followed, giving Colorado a hard-earned win to open the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Jordan Mazzara looks over Wednesday’s Yahoo slate, providing his recommendations for building a winning lineup.