Game 40. Avs-Ducks. Milan and the Avs bury the Ducks

Posted: January 1, 2012 in Avs vs. Anaheim Ducks, Game Thoughts

This was a big win for the Avs, but I’m not sure it will do them good in the long run. The Avs are without Duchene for at least a month, which probably means a couple of months knowing the Avs luck. I think the Avs need to make a trade for some offense, but if the team goes out and scores 4 or 5 goals these first couple of games, a trade will never happen.

The truth is the Ducks are awful, and the Avs should beat them. Jonas Hiller is playing like an AHL backup goalie. 9-16-6 with a 3.18 GAA and a save percentage of .897. There is no reason for the Avs not to beat the Ducks with Hiller in goal, and that’s exactly what they did.

The game started out fairly slow, but after a weird bounce off the boards, the Avs got the puck and Hejduk slipped it between Hiller’s legs. A pretty bad goal on Hiller’s part, but I’ll take them however I can get them.

The thing is, and maybe I’m wrong here, but I didn’t see the Ducks have too many good chances in the game. They have one dangerous line that is under preforming this year, and that’s it. They scored when on their one good chance, but that’s it.

The Avs struck again when Quincy fired a slat shot past Hiller from the blue line. Again, not great, but I’ll take it. Kevin Porter is now on a 3 game points streak as he got an assist on the goal. He always seems to make the right play. Nothing bad ever seems to happen when he is on the ice, but no one seems to notice.

As for Kyle Quincy, I think the Avs should trade him for some offense. I know he’s a good player, but I think the Avs will be desperate for offense without Duchene and he would bring in a decent return.

How about Quincy for Jakub Voracek? The Flyers are in need of defense after Pronger’s injury, and Voracek is a good player who is still young. How about to Buffalo for Derek Roy? The Sabres may be looking to shake things up, and Roy is having a down year. What about Phoenix for Mikkel Boedker and a pick? Hunwick has played well this year when given the chance, and I think adding some offense would be smart.

The Avs essentially put the game out of reach when Chuck Kobasew scored about a minute and a half later. He has played very well since coming back from his injury. It was also his 100th career goal, so I’m sure is celebrated in some way after the game.

The Ducks did coem back a little when somehow Visnovsky’s shot somehow found it’s way in. From what I can tell it was a pretty soft goal that Giguere should have stopped, but in the end it really didn’t matter.

Early in the third, Milan Hejduk scored a very nice goal, on a one timer from O’Reilly on the powerplay. It was a great shot, and probably was the only one that Hiller should not have stopped. I think the Ducks gave up a little when this goal went in.

They did add one last goal to make it respectable, as Bobby Ryan tapped it into a near empty net. It was a nice setup by the Ducks, and really you can’t blame Giguere for this one.

Speaking of Bobby Ryan, there is another player the Avs should pursue in a trade. How about Stastny, Jones, and a 2nd or 3rd for Ryan. I think McClement can hold the fort as the 2nd line center while Duchene is hurt, and Ryan would give the Avs 40 goal potential. If you need any more reason as to why the Avs should trade for him, just watch this.

Maybe wishful thinking here, but could you imagine trading for Ryan, and Signing Parise in the offseason. The Avs would be STACKED in a couple of year. Duchene, Ryan, Parise, O’Reilly, Hishon, Mueller?, Johnson, Landeskog, Varlamov. That sounds amazing.

But overall, the Avs got a much needed win, to keep pace in the tight western conference. Especially when every game went the opposite of what would have been good for the Avs. The Stars beat the Bruins, Kings beat the Canucks, and Phoenix beat Minnesota, but at least the Avs didn’t lost ground.

The Avs next game is Monday against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. The game starts at 8:30 p.m. Mountain time.

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