Whether through quarterback Carson Wentz’s infectious vow to play for an “Audience of One” or a collection of Eagles sharing their Christian testimonies by way of their own Bible app devotionals, the team has showcased its band of believing brothers as much as it has a trust in Wentz as the face of the franchise.
Let’s not sleep on the other things Yakupov has been doing well, either. Small sample size and all that, but Yakupov leads the Avalanche with a 61.3 percent Corsi For percentage and it’s not as though he’s getting fluffy zone starts. In fact, a greater percentage of his shifts are coming in the neutral and defensive zones, impressive given he’s yet to be on the ice for an even-strength goal against. It’s not as if he’s facing lightweights in terms of competition, either, and his line with Duchene and Kerfoot has been almost inarguably the Avalanche’s best unit through four games.
Avs/Bruins Grades – Younger, faster, better
LORD, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
No, the Avs probably won’t be Cup contenders in 2017-18. But it’s certainly reasonable to expect them to compete for a playoff spot, particularly if they can continue to progress from what was a pretty fantastic (and for many pundits, unexpected) start.