Game 22. Avs-Canucks. Avs Season Hanging in the Balance

Posted: November 24, 2011 in Avs vs. Vancouver Canucks, Game Thoughts

I know it’s still early, but if the Avs don’t turn things around, and soon, they will have as good of chance at the playoffs that the Blue Jackets do. Does anyone else think they should change their name from the Avalanche to the Snowflakes? They are not a force coming down a mountain right now, but rather a tiny blip on a team’s schedule.

If there is one positive to take from the game, it is that Varlamov played pretty good. Overall he had some nice saves, and 26-28 is pretty solid. The real problem is the offense. It’s unreal how bad they are at putting the puck in the net, and are very close to being an afterthought for the Western Conference playoff picture, which cannot happen.

Neither of the goals were Varly’s fault but that sure does not mean there was not blame to be given. For the first goal it was Ryan Wilson. If you go back and watch the highlight of the goal, don’t watch the puck, watch Ryan Wilson, he just stands in front of the goal, not guarding anyone for a good 3 or 4 seconds before Malhotra sneaks in behind him and scores. WATCH HERE. That kind of play is lazy, and is the exact opposite of how the Avs should be playing right now. I have to give Wilson a pass on this one though because he has been very solid this year. I just don’t see a team that really cares out on the ice. The Avs need more grit, more hard work, more effort. What I see on the ice right now is the mindset of “It’s not my responsibility”. This can’t happen, and if the Avs don’t win their next game, Sacco is gone, I’m calling it now.

The next goal is on Shane O’Brien. It seems like every time the other team gets a 2-1 (So about 3 or 4 a game it feels like) our defender dives to the ice to take the pass away. I can’t stand that, make a decent play. It takes no skill to fall to the ice. You are a professional hockey player, there are other ways to take away the pass.

I’m going to blame the front office too. I am far from a Sherman fan, but when I look at the trades he makes, he has made some great ones. Fleischmann for Hannan? Awesome. Mueller and Porter for Wolski? Great. Johnson and McClement for Stewart and Shattenkirk? To be determinted, but honestly, I like the Avs chances in this one too. Getting O’Byrne, getting Winnik…solid trades. The only suspect one was Hunwick for Cohen, but Hunwick, after a rough start to his Avs career, has been better than people think, when he plays. But right now, it just seems like they don’t care about the Avs struggles. Not one move has been made during this whole losing skid. Not one call up, not one trade, nothing. They need to do something, anything, because the current team is not getting the job done. I just want to see that someone cares about us fans. Either the players, the coaches, the front office, the owner, but no one is doing anything and I can’t stand it.

Hejduk said when he became captain that he would lead by example, but would also speak up when it is needed. Well right now Milan, IT IS NEEDED. Please, just try and get the team motivated. If you didn’t watch the postgame interviews with Hejduk and Stastny, you can watch it HERE . I thought is really showed their frustration, but they didn’t have a reason for why they couldn’t score goals, and that is the problem. Something needs to change.

The Avs have not won back to back games since October 15 and 17. They just need to win two or three in a row to get some confidence back. To quote major league 2, “We won one today, we win one tomorrow, that’s two in a row, we win one the next day, that’s 3. That’s called a winning streak. It has happened before.” Just get the ball rolling Avs, and before you know it, that ball will be the Avalanche coming down the mountain again.

The Avs next game is Saturday against the Oilers at Pepsi Center. The game starts at 5 p.m. Mountain time.

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