Colorado’s Achilles heel
As a team, Colorado is the biggest disappointment of the division. Maybe even the entire conference. Their top line remains lethal, but goaltending is letting them down. It’s a collective letdown between Philipp Grubauer and Semyon Varlamov.
Grubauer’s last start saw him give up five goals to Minnesota, and he’s given up 11 over his last two starts. The Avalanche can score with the best of them, but you’re not going very far in the playoffs with this kind of play they’re currently getting from their goaltenders. Grubauer does have occasional flashes of brilliance, but he’s wildly inconsistent.
Varlamov is the top choice in net, but he’s also seeing a decline this season. He still is fully capable of getting hot at the right time and making Colorado once again a dangerous team for the Predators, or anyone else in the Western Conference. He has three starts against the Predators in 2018-19, giving up eight goals over that span. He’s the guy Colorado will have to primarily lean on as they look to reverse this slide down the standings.