SAN JOSE, Calif. – Another night in California for the Avalanche, another loss. The boys in burgundy, white and blue concluded a winless three-game road trip Thursday night at the Shark Tank, setting up a showdown Saturday with the St. Louis Blues for the last spot in the Western Conference.
Let’s take a look at the way the individuals performed for the Avs in this one:
Mikko Rantanen (B-) – He finally broke his and his line’s long scoring drought, though it was a power-play goal he got in the third period that temporarily tied the game. He had a couple other dangerous chances earlier, but missed the net on one. He usually gets on a bit of a roll when he gets one goal, so the Avs can only hope he is ready for a big game Saturday.
Nathan MacKinnon (C+) – No goals for a ninth straight game. Hard to believe, after a Hart Trophy-caliber performance before that. He had five shots and almost tied it and won 8-of-15 faceoffs and assisted on Rantanen’s goal in the third. I thought he was more engaged in the play than the last couple games. But, he also missed the net on four other shot attempts in those first 40. He’s just not scoring right now, and it’s taking a big toll.