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Published Time: 18.05.2024 - 09:04:07 Modified Time: 18.05.2024 - 09:04:07

The biggest difference in this series might have been up front. In Game Six, which went to double overtime, the Avalanche had four forwards play more than the Stars forward leader in ice-time. In a game that went over 90 minutes, the fourth line for Colorado didn’t even hit 10 minutes of ice-time. The low man on the totem pole for the Stars up front was Radek Faksa, who still played 15 minutes. That depth mattered when the game went to extra time. Dallas seemed like they had an extra gear, while the Avalanche looked tired. Avalanche, Stars


Dallas had and has young guys on cheap contracts that are already difference makers for them. Colorado really doesn’t. For as good as I felt Alexandar Georgiev was in this series, Jake Oettinger was just better. Dallas’ depth and ability to roll four lines kept them a little fresher, especially in Game Six, which turned out to be a big difference.

In the end, the Colorado Avalanche had a very good team. They’ve got stars, they supplemented those stars with some talent throughout the lineup, and their goaltending wasn’t an issue in this series.

Dallas is just better, and it’s okay to say that.

There’s a reason why the Avalanche were trying to trade for Chris Tanev prior to the trade deadline, and we saw it this series. He hung with Nathan MacKinnon for six games and gave him no space to work with. And when Tanev wasn’t there to slow him down, you’ve got Miro Heiskanen, a top 10 defenseman, and young Thomas Harley there as well.

The biggest difference in this series might have been up front. In Game Six, which went to double overtime, the Avalanche had four forwards play more than the Stars forward leader in ice-time. In a game that went over 90 minutes, the fourth line for Colorado didn’t even hit 10 minutes of ice-time. The low man on the totem pole for the Stars up front was Radek Faksa, who still played 15 minutes. That depth mattered when the game went to extra time. Dallas seemed like they had an extra gear, while the Avalanche looked tired.

And that’s one big reason why Colorado’s season has come to an end.

The loss of Valeri Nichushkin was indeed a big deal for the Avalanche, and can’t be overlooked, but the Stars lost Roope Hintz, a center who scored 30 goals this season and matches up against the other teams top forwards. While they’re different players, their on-ice impacts aren’t all that different, especially when Hintz plays what most would consider to be the more valuable position. Dallas had players they could move to center to help out, while Colorado had to depend a 39 year old to fill out their top six.

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