Well, how’s everyone doin’ tonight? If you’re a fan of the Colorado Avalanche, you’re pretty god damned good right now.
You’re a fan of the team with the most dominant line in hockey. You are a fan of Three-Headed Monster member Mikko Rantanen, who is the hottest Finnish export to the U.S. since pickled herring. You’re a fan of a team with Nathan MacKinnon, whose smirky grins are getting even more “You can’t skate with me”-ish with every game. You’re a fan of a team with youth, the league’s sixth-youngest squad, at an average of 26 years, 80 days (Winnipeg is youngest, at 25 years, 298 days).
You’re a fan of a team with skill, as the numbers of Rants and MacK and Gabe Landeskog attest. You’ve got a top young two-way defensive prospect (Cale Makar) finishing up his college career soon, another kid (Conor Timmins) who will be a real player if the concussions headaches would just lift. You’ve still got good cap room, your own first-round pick next year and that of the Ottawa Senators, whose unexpectedly good start has robbed Avs fans of even more schadenfreude toward the Sens so far, but who figure to fall fast at some point. Jack Hughes could still call himself a Denver resident, folks.
Tonight, the Avs upped their record to 12-6-4 with an easy 5-1 win over the Coyotes at the If A Tree Falls In The Forest Arena in Arizona.