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PHT Morning Skate: Roy stays positive in Avs’ first losing streak

Nov 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy watches play from the bench in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy doesn’t want his players getting down on themselves after suffering a 7-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues. The 14-4-0 Avalanche have are on their first losing streak of the 2013-14 campaign. (Denver Post)

Count Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec among those that want longer overtime periods. (Winnipeg Sun)

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John Tavares thinks the New York Islanders should be kicking themselves after falling apart in the third period of Thursday’s game against Los Angeles. (New York Newsday)

The Edmonton Oilers are trying to stay positive despite their disastrous 4-14-2 start. (Edmonton Sun)

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek sustained a lower-body injury on Thursday. (

David Booth enjoyed his AHL conditioning stint because it meant getting plenty of ice time. (Vancouver Sun)

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Cap’n Tavares doing his best to pull his team together (something I wish Giroux would have been a bit more vocal about when the Flyers were in their doldrums), meanwhile, he’s got 23 points in 20 games. he could ramp up the goal scoring just a bit, but I feel bad for him with how his team is performing behind him. losing Moulson (forever)/Vanek (for a bit) doesn’t help, I guess.

  2. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Wha? No mention of the team with the most points in the East taking down the team with the most points in the NHL? If it was the Wings/B’s/Pens taking down the Kings/Hawks, there’d at least be one article, or a mention in the morning skate. Guess this particular game didn’t happen, though.

  3. muckleflugga - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    when evenly matched teams pair-off, it comes down to breaks and bounces more often than not. string a few of those games together, you’re on a streak either way

    the only thing of consequence is quality of play, win or lose. like poker, play without mistakes and do battle when your in with the best of it

    in the long game, avalanche will be there as a real player in the post season festivities

    if they can keep varlamov a free man

  4. laxman1944 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Roy missing Downie a bit……hhhhmmmmm.

  5. captainpike57 - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    I honestly thought at first this Avalanche team was unstoppable but as I watched every game since the start am I the only one that noticed that they were playing horrible as a whole team. When Nashville came back to the Pepsi Center the Predators were a different team since their last meeting. I will always remember the old AVS that won the Stanley Cup in 2001 and I will have to remember the good old days, maybe in 2 years the Colorado Avalanche will be a team to be reckon with but not this year.

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