NHL, Colorado vs Pittsburgh could be worth the Stanley Cup: Saturday on Sky Sports

Great comparison on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. on Sky Sport Action between Avalanche and Penguins, very thrown lost to the playoffs where they can only meet in the final

It may be the best season ever, but I colorado avalanche they know that no glory in regular season. There may be records, of course. They have value and meaning. It should not be underestimated. So only the stanley mug it can give that sense of integrity and accomplishment, where records become a prestigious and authoritative scheme. Colorado leads the NHL with 102 points and when he got over 100, he often made history. Like in ’96, when he won the first Stanley Cup in the first year of his move to Denver, in the days of the captain-legend joe sakic and a goalkeeper-legend like Patrick King. Or like in 2001, the year of the second Stanley, when he reached 118 points in the regular league and then won the cup, always dragged by Sakic and his monstrous season of 54 goals and 64 assists. Now Sakic is the General Manager of a team that has there are still 14 games to play to close the season and that can take some records. The beacon that lights up Denver is now called Nathan Mackinnon, a concentrate of physical strength, technique and speed. The most defining player for his team in the entire NHL, with the sole exception of Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers). Around the two pivots, MacKinnon and Nazem Kadri (one of the 83 points so far this season…), the great avalanche attack he has an impressive amount of players producing. Mikko Rantanen above all (34 goals + 46 assists for 80 total points), but also Nichushkin Y Burakovsky who are close to 20 goals. And one of the best scorers on the team is a defender: Cala Makar (24 goals so far, a huge amount for a side). There foul of Captain Gabriel LandeskogHowever, it is particularly painful. Out for knee surgery, he’ll hopefully get it back for the final battle of the playoffs. You have to get there, of course.

We need a starting goalkeeper

All in all, as far as outfield players are concerned, the Avalanche are in pretty good shape. After bottoming out with 48 points in the 2016-17 season (a negative record since the former Quebec Nordiques team is in Denver), Colorado has always qualified for the playoffs under coach Jared Bednar. He lost once in the first round and three times in a row in the second. The ambitions have grown in recent seasons in which it is establishing itself as one of the best teams in history. We have to go a little further. To do it, in the playoffs you also have to defend, because it will hardly travel to almost 4 goals per game on average as in the regular phase. The team’s first defender is the goalkeeper. Darcy Kuemper is producing a season with great stats: save percentage of .924 and 2.37 goals conceded per game. Better than him alone Markstrom, Sorokin, Andersen and Shesterkin. As an age (31 years old) he can express the best of his potential. He remains partially unknown in the moments that matter, as his between Minnesota and Arizona Career experience in the playoffs is very modest. It is doubtful that avalanches should be eliminated. This is a good year to understand.

Pittsburgh: Continuity in Excellence

The years pass, the capacity of the gods does not pass pittsburgh penguins reinvent itself and show up in the spring with good cause for concern for opponents. They have continuously qualified for the playoffs since 2006-07., the longest active streak in the entire NHL. It was the year that Russian Evgeny Malkin joined Sydney Crosby. They defined an era, winning the Stanley Cup three times. A team that loves continuity, also built with coach mike sullivan, who arrived in 2015 and became the most successful player in the club’s history. And also with kris letang, another regular presence since the 2007-08 season. The heart of the team has been beating for a long time: 34 years Crosby and Letang, 35 Malkin, but we must also mention the 37 Jeff Carter (two Stanley Cups with the Kings running) and say brian boyle, one that won the toughest competition of all, that of leukemia. People who know how to do it. a guarantee of course The intensity of the playoffs is a very tough test. In recent seasons the adventure of the Penguins did not last long, there they are legitimate doubts about their resistance and will to resist. For this the arrival of the Swedish Rickard Rakell, who arrived March 21 from Anaheim, is definitely a good idea. A winger very adapted to the game at speed and who can multiply his figures in a team with such good players setting the pace and taking out the puck just at the right time. A bit of Pittsburgh’s youth can also be found at goalkeeper Tristan Jarry. Above all, you can find many reasons for it. last year was one of the main culprits for the exit of the first round against the islanders, agreeing with those who still considered him too inexperienced for such an important moment. A series that closed with .888 as a save percentage, which translated into words means that it did very poorly. He came out shattered. He took it as a personal matter. The start of the season was psychological reconstruction. Successful rebuild. Jarry’s regular season has been solid. And the moment is approaching that will lead him to meet his ghosts. With the desire to tame them and make them a nightmare for opponents. If he can, he could lead Crosby, Malkin and Letang’s last dance on ice. Missing a masterpiece to leave with style.

The NHL in the sky sport

Here because Colorado-Pittsburgh It is a match not to be missed. can be seen in live at 9pm on Saturday 2nd April on Sky Sport Action. The Avalanche are ranked first in the Central Division and Western Conference, the Penguins are ranked third in the Metropolitan Division (Eastern Conference). If they meet in the playoffs, therefore, it will only be in the last act. He will eventually be in the final.

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