After losing four straight, two of which took place at the Pepsi Center last week, the Colorado Avalanche have won three straight over the San Jose Sharks, the St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings all at the Pepsi Center.
The Avalanche are heading into the All-Star break, giving them the opportunity to get ready for a five game road stretch that begins in Philadelphia to face the Flyers Saturday, February 1, at 5 p.m. Colorado then heads to New York to face the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, February 4 (at 5 p.m.), the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, February 6 (at 5:30 p.m.), the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, February 8 (at 5 p.m.), and the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, February 9 (at 5:30 p.m.).
Currently the Avalanche are in second place, 6 points behind the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference. The Avalanche have played four games against the St. Louis Blues and have won two of those meetings boosting their chances of moving into the top spot over the next couple weeks.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets have won three of their last four games, including a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night on the road. The Nuggets were reeling after a loss at the Pepsi Center to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night and Monday’s win is a nice start to a three-game road trip, which begins in Houston on Wednesday night to face the Rockets. The Nuggets then make their way to New Orleans this Friday to face the Pelicans before returning home to host the Rockets Sunday afternoon.
The Nuggets are in the number two spot with the Utah Jazz, and L.A. Clippers in the Western Conference just 4 games behind the L.A. Lakers. The NBA season is just a few weeks from the NBA All-Star break, which begins Monday, February 16.
With Denver’s recent stint of injuries (Jamal Murray-ankle; Paul Milsap-knee; Gary Harris-groin) several players have had to step up to fill those spots and none have done so better than Michael Porter Jr. who dropped 18 in Denver’s win over the Golden State Warriors last week or his 20 point drop over the Timberwolves Monday night. Porter Jr. was four of eight from three-point land, 4 assists and 14 rebounds. It’s easy to see why Denver’s bench is revered as the best in the league.
The Denver Broncos have decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello and have hired New York Giants ex-head-coach Pat Shurmur. The move had many scratching their heads since the offense picked up the pace in the remaining 5 games of the season after rookie quarterback Drew Lock took the helm. Pat Shurmur’s offenses have been middle of the road at best but he has proved to be a pretty good coach of quarterbacks. Shurmur moved the Viking offense from 28th in the league to 11th under Case Keenum. He also helped Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles lead one of the most efficient offenses in 2013 and 2014.