Northwest: McGinn fitting in with the Avalanche

By Blake Benzel

Photo: Winger Jamie McGinn, shown here battling Minnesota Wild center Kyle Brodziak, did it all for the Colorado Avalanche this past week (courtesy of

Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

Admittedly, the Northwest Division was pretty slim pickings this week for three stars – past the first star, that is. Only one team in the division, the Colorado Avalanche, had more than one win in the last week as the division combined to go 6-10-1 in their games. Bearing that in mind, it’s only fitting that one of the newest members of the Avalanche tops our list.

First Star: Jamie McGinn, LW, Colorado Avalanche –
McGinn played four games this week, tallying four goals and six points in those four games. In addition, McGinn sported a +3 rating and had 13 shots on goal during that time, not to mention scoring two game-winning goals. It looks like Colorado suits McGinn well, as he’s already tallied as many points in five games with the Avalanche as he did in 49 games last season with the Sharks.

Second Star: Curtis Glencross, LW, Calgary Flames
Glencross returned to action in late February after missing a little over a month with a knee injury. After a few games of readjustment, he seems to have gotten comfortable again. Glencross tallied three goals and two assists over his three games this past week and is carrying a five-game goal streak into the weekend. In addition, this past week, Glencross was a plus-one and had eight shots on goal. Glencross also scored the game-winning goal in Calgary’s lone win of the week.

Third Star: Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary Flames
Iginla shares the Flames honors with Glencross this week, having just as impressive a week as the Flames got three out of a possible six points. Iginla tallied three goals and an assist over the Flames’ three games, as well as registering a plus-one rating and firing 13 shots on goal. With his four-point week, Iginla is now carrying a four-game point streak into the weekend.

Northwest Division Notes

Calgary Flames – The Flames went 1-1-1 last week, dropping contests to the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars before beating the Montreal Canadiens. The Flames now sit three points out of the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. … Calgary plays twice over the weekend, once against the Winnipeg Jets (32-28-8) and once against the Minnesota Wild (29-29-10).

Colorado Avalanche –
Colorado went 2-2-0 in the past week, beating the Minnesota Wild twice by a combined score of 9-1 and dropping games to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators. The Avalanche are just one point behind the San Jose Sharks for the final playoff spot in the West. … Colorado plays once this coming weekend, against the Edmonton Oilers (26-35-6).

Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers were 1-3-0 over the past week, losing to the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens and beating the San Jose Sharks in a shootout. At 26-35-6, the Oilers currently hold the second worst record in the NHL. … Edmonton’s lone game over the weekend is their contest against the Avalanche.

Minnesota Wild –
Minnesota went 1-3-0 in the past seven days, losing to the Colorado Avalanche twice and the Detroit Red Wings once by a combined score of 15-1 before downing the Phoenix Coyotes in a shootout to break a five-game losing streak. Minnesota sits seven points out of a playoff spot in the West. … The Wild’s lone game over the weekend is against the Flames.

Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver played three times last week, going 1-2-0. They dropped games to the Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars before beating the Winnipeg Jets. The Canucks are one point behind the St. Louis Blues in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy. … Vancouver’s lone game over the weekend is against the Montreal Canadiens (26-32-10).

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