Avs Trending Up, Important Week Ahead

Avs Trending for the Playoffs

Well as I write this right now on February 13th in the afternoon, the Avs are 2 points out of the final playoff spot, and 5 points back from 6th.  It is definitely doable and with Matt Duchene finally returning to practice, highly probable.  THe Avs have some important games coming up that could make the world of a difference.  First let us look back on the last few games and what the Avs were able to do!

O'Rly O'Reilly 

Well Fridays home game against the Hurricanes had quite the dramatics for the Avs who were able to come up with two huge points.  J.S. Giguere had a decent game and the Avs got goals from Landeskog, Hejduk, and Stastny, but the biggest goal came from Ryan O'Reilly.  With overtime all but certain, O'Reilly, nicknamed The Factor, stripped the puck from a Hurricane player and fired a slap shot just inside the blue line that beat both Cam Ward and the clock.  The time on the clock said 1.4 seconds, and the scoreboard read 4-3 Avs.  It was quite the goal that I am sure Ward would want back, but The Factor deserved one after being robbed by Ward on numerous other chances.  Just see for yourself what great timing O'Reilly had!

 

Avs show up early, Fade Late
 
Saturdays matchup with the Blues had a little bit of a different story to it.  Semyon Varlamov got the start and played pretty well.  THe first goal on a short side dunk shot found its way through Varly, but the second one was atrocious d on a penalty kill.  The Avs let a Blues player park himself on top of Varly as the puck was moved around and finally a shot beat Varly far post on a puck no one saw.  After a 2-2 period, the Avs let up and the Blues were all over them.  It was amazing the Avs even got a point by getting into overtime.  Then in OT, the Blues threw a puck from the point that went of three players and past a screened Varlamov.  Even though they did not get the results they were looking for, I hope the game gave Varlamov some much needed confidence.
 
Big Road Trip Ahead
 
This Western Canadian Roadtrip the Avs will be embarking on may be key to figuring out if the Avs are going to make a run, or need to close up shop.  The good news however is the return of Matt Duchene who resumed practice today and sounds like will make the trip with the team.  But until he plays again, the Avs need to get the goals going again.  Wednesday against Vancouver will be huge, as the Avs are only 2-10-1 against North West foes, one of the worst stats the Avs have going against them.  You can't lose that many in the division if you want a playoff spot.  Let's see if the Avs are going to be in it this week, or if we can expect a long off season.