Avs Keep Losing Must Win Games
Must Win Games becoming can't Win games
That's 3 losses in a row, and two very important games the Avs have missed a chance to take over sole possession on the 8th and final playoff spot. The Avs had a chance to take a 3 point lead over Minnesota, instead they lost that spot in the game against Minny right before the All-star break. Then the Avs come back and play a struggling Oilers team with the chance to take back the 8th spot from Minny. Well again the Avs lose out on a chance to take that spot and fail to come through with a key win. It seems that this is becoming a reoccuring theme for this young Avs team and it needs to change asap.
Varlamov didn't have the best game, andother chance gone for him as well to reclaim the starting position. Did his defense help very much? No, but the Avs need a goalie who can make a key save when they need it, and the 3rd goal scored by Hall in the third ended any chance of a comeback.
As for the other side of the ice, the Avs offense is still desperately struggling to find the back of the net. When your top players go through huge stretches without goals, the team itself struggles. Stastny, Hejduk, and Jones, all guys who have led this team in scoring at one point, are all on quite a goal drought, and without Duchene the team needs them to step up.
The good from the game came from the consistent play of Peter Mueller and rookie Gabriel Landeskog. Mueller has 4 goals and an assist in 11 games so far this season. All of those points coming in the last 7 games after returning from a long absence from concussion issues.
Landeskog, has been a true steal for the Avs, and even though he won't win the rookie of the year award because his points don't match that of some of the other rookies, he deserves it. Landeskog is always the leader in shots and hits for the Avs and one of the better defensive players the Avs have. His complete game that he plays makes him so valuable.
With what has transpired in the last couple of games, the game tomorrow night against Minny is one the biggest games of the season. With Minny in the same spot the Avs were in last week against them, the Avs have to get a result in regulation. If they can't do this, we might as well write the Avs off and see them sell their parts off come the trade deadline. It is a huge game that I hope they come to play for.