The last time these two teams met, the Avalanche were without some key players, and the Coyotes got three points in two games.
But the Avalanche are mostly back to full strength, and they have been dominant. If the Coyotes were going to have any chance tonight, they needed to play perfectly.
And for a while, it looked like they were going to pull it off. Halfway through the first period, the Coyotes were doing a great job at limiting Colorado’s chances.
But it didn’t last long, and Colorado finally broke through. Just over fourteen minutes into the game Pierre-Édouard Bellemare got his third goal of the season. Of course, that wasn’t the end of it. That would come a minute and six seconds later when Mikko Rantanen doubled the Avalanche’s lead.
The Coyotes have struggled to score since before the season even started. Colorado getting that second goal was huge, and it seemed to take the bench’s energy away.
A lot went wrong tonight, but the biggest one was the Coyotes’ complete lack of offense.
We have seen it a lot this season. The Coyotes’ offense, especially against good teams, sometimes just stops working. Their passes stop connecting, they have no finish, and they can’t get anything going.
We saw that in the team scoring one goal in three games against the Minnesota Wild. We saw it when the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks both beat the Coyotes 1-0 in back-to-back games. And we see it every night when we watch a team tied for 25th in goals scored this season.
And with that 2-0 lead, Colorado pretty much won the game. They added to their lead in the second period when Nazem Kadri got his tenth of the season.
The third period started with Colorado up 3-0, and there were no signs that things would change any time soon. Arizona got their first power play early in the third, but they failed to register a shot.
Arizona would have better luck on their second power play. Oliver Ekman-Larsson fired through traffic from just above the faceoff circle, and with that, the Coyotes ended Philipp Grubauer’s chance at a shutout.
But that was just one goal, and the Coyotes were in no position to mount a comeback. Joonas Donskoi would score once in the empty net and once past Antti Raanta, and that was it. The horn rang out, Raanta smashed his stick on the net, and the Avalanche won 5-1.
Lines are looking good. pic.twitter.com/HPwJzzaLHd— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) March 23, 2021
- Alex Goligoski played in his 900th career game.
- Niklas Hjalmarsson sustained an upper-body injury and did not return to the game.
- Hudson Fasching played in his fourth game this season.
- Arizona's penalty kill was perfect, killing three Colorado power plays.
- Stir Fry
- "Stir It Up" - Bob Marley
- Stirred martinis
The Coyotes play the Avalanche again tomorrow at 7:00 pm.