The Avalanche’s woes continue!! For the umpteenth time, OK we’ve only played 5 home games, but it feels like many more when lady luck is just shunning you, the Av’s outshoot the opposition but cannot dent the twine. Alex Stalock played brilliantly and Varlamov was not to be blamed for his effort. The Isles struck for two goals, an early first period marker by Nyquist took the wind out of the Av’s sails early. After a flurry of attempts, David Perron finally notched his first of the year to knot things up. Jonas Brodin’s long shot fooled Varlamov as the Isles moved ahead 2-1. That would be all they needed as Stalock would bat away all 11 shots in the third to seal the deal.
PANIC AT THE PEPSI CENTER??
Going into the season, expectations for this club has been high. Falling a few points out of a playoff spot last season due to a poorly timed slump, the Av’s looked to regroup and stake a claim on a playoff spot this year.
Two top end goalies in Rask and Varlamov were to keep things close. And to date, they have been amazing, compiling a combined .938 save percentage and have allowed a stingy 11 goals in 6 games. The defense has been solid, although they are not offensively gifted. Giordano does have 4 points in 6 games. Our offense is filled with depth with guys that can score. 7 players had 20+ goals (two of which had 30+), and Nuge fell one short with 19 goals. However, the Avalanche have been snake bitten, scoring a mere 8 goals in 6 games. Our scorers are going to have to start scoring if things are going to change.
The Avalanche are looking at Johansen, St Louis and Cammalleri to be the goal scoring leaders on this club but to date they have contributed only 2 goals amongst the three of them. St -Louis has been held scoreless while the other two have one apiece. Only the Smiths, Craig and Reilly, who have two each, have more than one goal. It’s early and the panic button has not been depressed just yet, but the GM’s hand is hovering just over it….If things don’t change quickly and the fortunes of this team start falling into line with the expectations, personnel changes may occur in Colorado soon.
Kevin and Kody Anton