While the Denver Nuggets were relaxing watching the NBA All-Star festivities like the rest of us, the Colorado Avalanche managed to turn a four-game winning streak into a three-game losing streak after dropping games against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night, and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night, all at home.
The Avalanche just finished a four-game winning streak on the road and many expected them to return to Pepsi Center in dominating fashion, instead the Avalanche are left with a chance to prevent a sweep of their four-game home stretch when they host the New York Islanders at Pepsi Center, before heading to Anaheim to face the Ducks this Friday night.
As a result of the Avalanche losses, Colorado has dropped to number three in the Central Division behind the division-leading Dallas Stars and the second place St. Louis Blues. To add insult to injury the Avalanche lost winger Mikko Rantanen after he was tripped up shoulder first into the boards halfway into the second period. Rantanen is expected to be out for the next couple of weeks in a stretch that could be the most crucial heading towards the post-season.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets return to action on Friday night in Oklahoma to face the Thunder. Currently the Nuggets are four games behind the Western Conference leading L.A. Lakers who beat Denver just before the All-Star break. The Nuggets return to Pepsi Center to host the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday night and are home Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons.
The Denver Broncos are about a month away from the start of free agency and while they are expected to be highly active participants, they have a few longtime players who will likely be lost to it as well. Chris Harris Jr. who has been a Denver favorite for years in the Mile High will enter free agency and with numbers like heís had here, a number of suitors will likely be vying for an opportunity to sign the one time Super Bowl champ.
The Colorado Rockies will take to the field on Saturday in Arizona to kick off Spring Training against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Itís hard to believe that just a year ago the Colorado Rockies and third baseman Nolan Arenado agreed to an 8-year, $260 million contract and the two find themselves at odds the following season after Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich and the Rockies were hit with trade rumors that the organization was looking to trade the perennial third baseman.
Nolan took to social media shortly after, to show his displeasure with his GM, but both sides have remained mum about discussions between Arenadoís agent and the Rockies.
Whatever the outcome of the situation is, fans hope that the Rockies can provide a product that they can stand behind this season.