Game 9. Avs-Flames. Weak Avs Defense Fuels Flames.

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Avs vs. Calgary Flames, Game Thoughts

The Avalanche are 9 games into their 2011-2012 season, and while they are a respectable 6-3-0, I think they have only played one good game: against Ottawa. Is this a good thing, that they can play bad and still pull out wins? Sure, in the short term, but the cannot keep this up for much longer.

The Avs best player tonight was Kyle Quincey. He had the first goal of the game, which game me some hope, and he played really solid defensively. There is nothing bad I can say about his game tonight.

The O’reilly line had other solid game. Winnik and Landeskog had assists on the second goal, which was a bigger goal than the final score would show the. Overall, that line was giving it there all, and coming up with some nice chances. Especially in the third period.

But overall for the team, another bad effort from the team.

Why does it seem like every time I write a post, I have to right this sentence: Erik Johnson made a horrible play to give the other team a goal. I can’t say everything he did was bad tonight because he did have an assist, and started the play that lead to the second goal. He had a very good offensive game, but was slow on THIS PLAY (Bourque’s First Goal). It is like he forgot there was a man there. I know it was on the penalty kill, but it was still bad.

It just seems like the Avs can’t get the puck in the net. Part of that is Duchene’s cold start, but I will get to that later. They need offense. Now. It is nice to see the defense be in on so many goals, but I would like to see in the box score, O’reilly from Landeskog and Winnik. It just shows that our defense is very good, now lets get some offense who can put the puck in the net without help from the defense.

Now onto the real story. Joe Succo. Not a typo.

First off: Why was Giguere starting? I’m all for having a good backup, but of the 30 coaches in the leagues, I guarantee he is the only one who plays the backup goalie after three full days off. Varlamov came here to be the starting goalie, and I expect him, want him, and the team needs him to play in more than 2/3 of the games. He should start in more than 55 games if you ask me. But Sacco disagrees apparently.

Once again, Matt Duchene is playing on the fourth line. With Cody McLoud and Chuck Kobasew. Great idea to get your star player out of a slump. Put in with 2 grinders who can’t score, and have him play 13 minutes in the game, with no time on the power play. Then there is the story about him apologizing to Sacco and the team. If anyone should be saying sorry, it should be Sacco, for putting him on a bad line, and not helping him get out of a slump. Let me give you some names from around the league who have had more minutes than him these past two games: Nick Spaling, Kaspars Daugavins, Jiri Tlusty, Patrick Kaleta….I can go on……Josh Bailey, Lennart Petrell. I challenge you to name what team any of those guys play for, but yet, they are playing more than Duchene. Yep, that makes sense.

The Avs play again on Friday at Pepsi Center, against the Oilers, at 7 p.m. Mountain Time

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