Avs Score Big with Deadline Deals
Avs Win Fourth in a Row
The Avs had a quieter deadline day than past years, but overall it was a quiet deadline for the league. However the moves the Avs have made have already made an immediate impact. The first trade for Steve Downie has been already unbelievable for an Avs team that was struggling. Since that trade the Avs have won four in a row and are now tied for 8th place with Dallas, but the biggest thing Downie has brought is points. The Avs as a team have 17 goals in the 4 games, which has really changed the way the team is playing. Not only that but the goaltending has gotten better with Varlamov winning three in a row and allowing just 2 goals in all three games.
This doesn't even included Jaime McGinn who was also acquired at the deadline and has yet to play a game. The Avs have started to play as a team with everyone jumping into the great play. The new line of Downie, O'Reilly, and Landeskog has been absolutely perfect. Downie has 7 points since coming over, Landeskog has 6 points in his last three, and O'Reilly has 9 points in his last 6. This line has been scary good and teams need to start looking out.
Last nights win against Anaheim was huge and now the Avs are back in it as the playoffs draw closer. My favorite part of last nights win was the return of Matt Duchene. Yes I know he has been back for several games, but last night he looked like his old self skating circles around Anaheim's defense... literally! He had an amazing goal from Stastny that was perfectly executed. see for yourself!!!
This team is hot right now and the fact that Columbus is coming into town Thursday is good news for the Avs' playoff push. I will bring more after the game on Thursday.
Landeskog has to Win the Calder
Anyone who has seen Landeskog play should be all but certain that Landy will win the Calder. Landeskog is the most complete player the Avs have had since Peter Forsberg started to get hurt. Foppa was physical, a pest, could play defense, and of course was a great goal scorer. Landy has all of these things and is only 19. I can't even begin to imagine where his game will go as he gets older, but I am saying here and now that he is going to be one of the best players in the league some day. If the NHL doesn't give Landy the Calder, this league is dumb and biased.