Avs can't catch a Break
Avs Falling Quickly
Well the Avs needed at least a point last night and just couldn't do it. It seemed like everything was against them last night, injuries, unlucky bounces, Luongo showing up big... It was not the Avs night.
It all started when it was announced just before game time that Peter Mueller was out with a torso injury, whatever that means. Mueller missed practice two days ago with what the team called a maintenence day, but was it really? When did this injury occur to Mueller when he didn't even practice?
The game started terribly for Avs allowing a defensive melt down and a goal seconds into the game. However from there the Avs responded and played much better for the rest of the game. Then with four minutes left Semyon Varlamov was thrusted into the game when Giguere suffered what was labled as a groin injury. THe biggest question was how serious was it. Well at the start of the second period Giguere was back on the bench, but why not back in the game? Really weird that that happened and it will be interesting to see if the Avs need to call up a goalie while Giguere recovers. But who will come up? Desjardins is injured and Cann is playing horribly, so much so that Lake Erie has brought in a new goalie who is actually playing lights out. Only problem is he is not under contract with the Avs, so I don't think he will be coming. A lot of question marks now with this injury.
To make the night even better, the Avs also lost T.J. Galiardi for the game. But the Avs played on and played a pretty good game that was deserving of at least a point. Varlamov played lights out after coming on in relief of Giggy, continuing where he left off last game in a 42 save performance. Varly kept the team in it making a number of huge saves, including this one on Booth that should be a top save candidate this week!
But of course it wasn't the Avs night and a bad bounce became a 3 on two down low leading to Hansen's one timer from the slot that just beat Varlamov on an almost on savable shot. Nothing we could fault Varly on, and that was all she wrote for the Avs. THis team just doesn't have the fire power right now to compete. There isn't that go to guy that will find the net ala Stamkos, Datsuyk, Sedins, Kopitar... etc. Each game is different, and someone different is there, but not consistently. The Avs could have used Duchene, Mueller, and even Galiardi to keep them in that game and they didn't.
The Avs are continuing to slip and could find themselves too far to catch up and be on the outside looking in. Each game is becoming more and more important, with Friday being even more. The Avs need to get points now if they want to make it. Hopefully Duchene returns in time to try and save this team.