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Blue Line Buzz: Barrie Finding His Way

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.

(all statistics through Saturday, March 15)

-Colorado continues to be one of the league's best stories. A club who finished so low last season they earned enough of a chance to win the No. 1 pick in last June's draft, a club who hired two former legends to guide it back to prominence and now they are sitting in a playoff spot in the rough and wild Western Conference. Even more impressive is that Colorado has been playing solid hockey without the likes of Paul Stastny and P.A. Parenteau in the lineup.

On the back end, it took Colorado a while to start getting productive this season, as sophomore Tyson Barrie was expected to carry over a brief shred of success all year. His season began rocky and he was shipped back to the AHL for a bit more seasoning. Now firmly on the team, Barrie has been one of the league's most productive defenders over the last two weeks with two goals and four assists in the last seven games and seven in nine games since the Olympic bre

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