Avs get back on track, is it too late?
Avs Win Big, Back in Hunt
Well after a 2 game losing streak that saw the Avs lose to the lowly Blue Jackets and then demolished to the Penguins both at home. If the Avs are to make the playoffs they can't lose at home. Good news was they followed the loss to the Penguins with a big win in Minnesota. The Avs won 2-0 thanks to a big game from Jamie McGinn and Valamov in between the pipes. As for the rest of the Avs, it wasn't the greatest game. I will say Stastny played a bit better for this game, but Duchene wasn't very effective. The Avs need their top players to be playing their best.
But the Avs are getting the best play out of the most important player on their team: Goaltending. Semyon Varlamov is on fire right now and had is second shutout in four games. He is 3-1 in his last 4 and has one of the top Save % and goals against in those four games. He has really carried the team and made some unbelievable saves when the Avs needed him to. This save below he made last night was one of the best I have ever seen and really shows off his flexibility.
If Varly can bring this preformance down the stretch I have no worry that the Avs will make the playoffs, but if Varly struggles, this team is going no where fast.
Jamie McGinn had a huge night scoring both goals with his first goal since the trade. If McGinn can start to pick it up it will be quite a successful season for Greg Sherman who has made some great trades in the last few years. Each trade has looked like a lopsided trade only to be heavily favored in the Avs direction later. We will see but so far the Avs have really run away with both trades this season.
Avs Get a Rematch with Minny
Well tomorrows game against Minny is huge, the Avs are finally playing better against the division getting their last two wins against division opponents. Varly is the presumed starter after the shutout and the final few games of the season are big. As of writing this the Avs are one point back of the struggling Sharks in 8th, three back of the Coyotes in 7th, and seven points back of Chicago in 6th. Right now it is still in reach, but only if this team picks it up. The loss to Columbus was huge as it should have been an easy win and the Avs would be sitting in 8th. We will see where they are come Wednesday.