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... is to get the eighth seed. Look at the Avs' schedule and you realize a pattern. January is a perfect example:

Wins: Chicago, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Nashville

Losses: Minnesota, Columbus (2x), Edmonton, St. Louis

Anyone else see a pattern? The Avs have been Detroit twice, played hard with San Jose and Boston but lost to teams like Columbus, Edmonton, Minnesota, Florida and Pheonix. Teams that they frankly should have beaten.

It is really interesting to watch this team play a really good team. They come out with energy, shots and tenacity. Due to the youth and speed of this team, it puts the opposition on their heels a little bit and, over time, opens up opportunities.

For example, look at the Calgary game. The Avs came out real hard, got a few breaks in the beginning but after the first shift, they came hard. They put 20 shots on net in the first period. There have been games where they didn't get as many shots.

Their hard play and cycle down low forced Calgary into two penalties and the Marek Svatos goal. The Avs' power play did a good job of shooting from anywhere. Only downside was they HIT everywhere. On net, off net, side of the net, in the net. It hit everywhere: players, sticks, twine you name it. However, it got the defense moving and opened up passing and shooting lanes. I also collapse the defensemen down between the circles and allowed the Avs to trap them in their zone.

The Avs' breakout tonight was great too. The hit the men skating up ice right in stride and got a quick breakout and break into the offensive zone. It also got the defense moving and opened up opportunites on odd-man rushes and breakaways (see the Stewart goal.)

The Avs played very well tonight and they will have to continue to work like that to compete anymore. They are no longer the team of old that can rely on Sakic and Forsberg and Roy to carry them. They must win through heart, through solid work and through work ethic. If the Avs want to play with heart, look at the 2005-06 Oilers team that went to the Cup. They played every game with so much heart, no team could stop them.

Once Stastny comes back, nothing can change. Sure, we'll be more skilled at center but the game plan can't change. We're simply not good enough win any other way.
Filed Under:   Colorado Avalanche   NHL   The Stanley Cup  
January 19, 2009 3:17 PM ET | Delete
While it is really great to see the Avs competing against the Wings this year, lets be realstic. If we play the Wings in the playoffs we get torched again in 4.
January 19, 2009 9:27 PM ET | Delete
nice idea martok :) i agree we've been competing (perhaps a little harder) against top teams...maybe a cinderella story in the works?? jk jk. and schuter, c'mon man at least give us 5 or 6 games before we get ousted :) anything's possible!
January 19, 2009 11:59 PM ET | Delete
It was kind of a "ha ha this would be nice but not realistic blog." I just used it to jump into my analysis of the game and to give anyone reading it a laugh.
January 20, 2009 1:03 AM ET | Delete
Ah, if we could only pick which games counted. I hear you though, there is a difference when we play better teams which I think makes it that much more frustrating when we get beat by teams like St.Louis.
January 20, 2009 8:55 PM ET | Delete
first we need a good goalie you look at the passed few cinderella teams, they all had great goaltending, kiprusuff, roloson and even going back to giguere in 2003...we should pick up pascal leclaire and maybe we will have a shot
January 20, 2009 9:01 PM ET | Delete
LeClaire is out for the season, off of the trade rumors.
January 21, 2009 12:40 PM ET | Delete
Then I would go with Kari Lehtonen
January 21, 2009 5:28 PM ET | Delete
I like the idea of making a pitch for Lehtonen...he clearly needs some coaching and grooming, but this guy has all the talent in the world. And Bongo, I know what you mean, anything is possible, I just don't think the Avs stand a chance against the elite teams this year.
January 28, 2009 1:59 PM ET | Delete
The Sharks beat the Avs pretty handily last night. 8th seed gets them the Sharks, I wouldn't want to see that one.
January 28, 2009 1:59 PM ET | Delete
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