Colorado sports have done a complete 180 in just over a week. The Rockies shot out the gate strong taking the lead in the National League West, and in just the past week have chalked up an embarrassing 7-game losing streak after getting swept by the Houston Astros and the L.A. Dodgers in back-to-back series.
It’s hard to believe after Charlie Blackmon was putting up numbers that were impressive in comparison to the rest of the league. The Rockies began a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night in Arizona where Colorado snapped their 7 game slide with a 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Game two is schedule for Tuesday night and had not been played at the time of this writing. Games three and four will be played Wednesday evening at 7:40 p.m. and Thursday evening at 4:10 p.m. MST.
The Denver Nuggets much like the Rockies have lost three straight after winning game one of a best of seven against the Utah Jazz, threatening an early exit from the NBA postseason. The Nuggets lost by 19 in game two and hardly showed up in game three losing a blowout 124-87. The Nuggets seemed poised to tie the series in game four after actually competing in a close loss to the Jazz 127-129. Denver now is one game away from elimination, have to show up or pack up, and the responsibility seems to all lay on the shoulders of team leaders, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.
The Colorado Avalanche were flying high after sending the Arizona Coyotes packing in five games. Next up was a team that would hardly offer the same type of play as the Coyotes, the Dallas Stars. Dallas is easily considered one of the best offensive teams in the NHL and they showed that in game one against the Avs, scoring 5 goals to Colorado’s 3. Avs goalie Philipp Grubauer and defensemen Erik Johnson both left the game with injuries and are out indefinitely. Grubauer gave up three goals before he left the game and replacement goalie Pavel Francouz gave up the final two.
Because of the injury to Grubauer, Francouz started for the Avs in game two and after jumping out to a 2-0 lead over the Stars, the Avs gave up four straight in their 5-2 loss to Dallas Monday night. The Dallas Stars are now up 2-0 in the series over the Avalanche. Game three is scheduled for Wednesday at 8:20 p.m. while game four is scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m.
Lots of good news coming out of Dove Valley for the Broncos including offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur on how quarterback (QB) Drew Lock has handled the installation of his offense. “I think he’s done a good job. From an installation standpoint, he’s doing a really good job of knowing what the concept is and going out there and executing,” said Shurmur.
Defensive coordinator Ed Donatell was impressed with cornerback (CB) Bryce Callahan, “he came in and did some work with the early group. He’s moving very well. Everything looks like his injury’s totally behind him.”
The Broncos announced that they would be performing their first game of the season without fans.