Colorado Avalanche Quarter Season Review: Above .500 Hockey

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 10: Nathan MacKinnon
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 10: Nathan MacKinnon /
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Penalty Kill

The Colorado Avalanche penalty kill has also been up and down. At one point, their penalty killing was almost their best play.

At the time of writing, though, the Avalanche were #27 in the NHL with a penalty kill percentage of 76.7%. They’ve allowed 17 goals in 73 short-handed situations. That said, Colorado has three short-handed goals, which ties them for second place with nine other teams.

Since defensemen are primary penalty killers, and the Avalanche defensemen are a rotating cast, it’s hard to nail down their power play unit.

However, Erik Johnson is naturally their biggest penalty killer for defensemen. When he plays, Nikita Zadorov is often with him. When they play, Mark Barberio and Chris Bigras have seen some PK time, too. Tyson Barrie will get a few seconds on the PK now and again, which is bizarre.

For forwards, you see a lot of Blake Comeau, Carl Soderberg and Matthew Nieto on the PK. Gabriel Landeskog and J.T. Compher also do tours through the PK.