Avs win big, but at a price
Well the Avs big division win over Minnesota cam with a huge price as the team lost their leading scorer to a broken hand. Even though the Avs won 7-4, Chris Stewart broke his hand during a fight in the second period and is out indefinitely. This is a huge blow to a team already struggling with injuries. The team also recently lost Craig Anderson again to injury when he got a groin injury in a recent game. The Avs just can't catch a break when it comes to the injury bug and they keep pilling up. The good news is that they continue to produce on the ice even with the injuries.
It leaves the fans asking what could this team be if it were 100%? I mean the team has been missing goal scorers T.J. Galiardi and Peter Mueller for a big chunk of the season so far and are still one of the most high scoring teams in the league. Not only did Stewart go down, but Daniel Winnik was lost as well after starting the season playing amazing for the Avs and had been seen as one of the best pick ups the team had made in a long time. The injuries continue and yet the team continues to roll.
The biggest thing the injuries have done is on the defense, where each game seems to bring a new lineup to Joe Sacco's team. This has also made for some interesting decisions on Sacco's part. The biggest one that looks to be back firing is the decision to play Ryan Wilson over Jonas Holos. Holos has played well all season, but was demoted to Lake Erie this week when Wilson returned to the lineup. Since his return, Wilson has looked terrible and been the cause for several goals. I think we have a case where Sacco sticks with a guy he likes no matter what. We saw this in the past when Sacco stuck with Ruslan Salei even when he played terribly. Hopefully Sacco wakes up and starts Holos in the upcoming games as he was just recalled to the team.
Also, one has to think with the overload of defenseman that the Avs have, and the amount of injuries to forwards, the Avs may be looking to make a move. Rumor has it that the Avs might be trading with the Carolina Hurricane after Carolina had 3 scouts at a recent game. Who the trade would involve is completely unknown and I can't really think of any forwards that Carolina would trade that would help out the team. We will just have to see!!