Last night I did not know if I was watching vampires and werewolves or the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition. With all of the talk about which team each person is for, I was rather confused. I for one was for Team Chara, not Alfredsson, Jacob or any other team for that matter. There is one reason I am on Team Chara and his name is Gabriel Landeskog.
Landeskog represented not only the Avalanche but also Team Chara last night in the Skills Challenge Relay. Landy’s only part in the entire evening was the puck handling skill in which he did an exceptional job for his team. However, Team Chara fell in the first round of the Skills Relay thanks to the crisp passing of the Henrik Sedin, which really is the deciding factor of the entire event.
I for one feel that Landeskog should have competed in the One-Timer portion of the Skills Relay to showcase his ability to hit the open net. In my opinion, the event Landy participated in was one of the weaker events and failed to exemplify why Landeskog was chosen to participate in the festivities.
With the Skills Competition now over Gabriel Landeskog can focus his attention back on the Avalanche and how he can help the Avs finish strong down the stretch. With Colorado playing 51 games before the All-Star Game, they only have 33 games remaining on the schedule, the fewest in the Western Conference. So the Avalanche, as a team, must make every game count. After a much needed six days rest the Avalanche look to make their run starting with the Edmonton Oilers on January 31.
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