The positioning for playoff berths in the Western Conference continue jockeying tonight, with several teams facing off tonight.
In Denver, that means the slumping Chicago Blackhawks taking the ice against the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs sit at 55 points, the Blackhawks at 65. Chicago should sit solidly somewhere in the middle of the top 8 by the playoffs; Colorado's current trajectory should see them finish at 12th in the West. That doesn't mean, however, that the Avs cannot play spoiler against teams like the Hawks.
Tonight is the fourth and final time these two teams will meet up this season. Chicago won their first game,...
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 becomi...
Man has it been hectic! Getting engaged, planning a wedding, moving, and getting a new job! I really want to put the effort for this blog and make it something Avs fans can look at on a regular basis! So in other words, "I'm Back!"
Enough of me though... back to what is important! HOCKEY!
The Avs have been on quite a roller coaster ride this season it it is only going to get more interesting as we get closer to the trade deadline, and a potential playoff run. Let's take a look back at the first half and go over some headlines that jump out on a team that is still trying to find its identity.
The Philadelphia Flyers hit the ice in Denver Monday night seeking another win streak after Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing by the Boston Bruins. Instead, they snuck out of the Pepsi Center with a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Philadelphia (20-8-4) struck first when Scott Hartnell scored with 1:29 remaining in the first period. On the power play goal, Jaromir Jagr saved the puck from leaving the offensive zone and quickly fired it near the net. Jakub Voracek, who has played spectacularly lately, shuffled a pass across the goal-mouth for Hartnell.
The tally was Hartnell’s 16th goal of the season, tying him with Claude Giroux as the highest goal scorer on the Flyers this season. It was also his seventh power play goal on the year.
Colorado (16-17-1) took the game’s momentum in the second period with strong contributions from their young core.
Though I write about the Canucks, I could not get enough of this story. Former Canadiens goaltender and NHL Hall of famer, Patrick Roy, has told reporters that if any proposals came up for a coaching job, he would listen to the offers. Brian Raiger takes a look at a few teams where the great #33 could possibly go, and could make a positive impact.
Montreal Canadiens - This is going to be my number one choice for a few reasons. We all know that Jacques Martin was fired by the Habs, making Randy Cunneyworth the interim head coach. Let’s say we let Cunneyworth play out this season, and at the end of the year Pierre Gauthier calls up Patty Roy. Roy has told reporters ...
It wasn't news to anyone that the NHL would be setting up a new realignment plan for the 2012-2013 season. Plenty of speculation went into this idea as to how it would effect the current Eastern and Western Conferences. The Winnipeg Jets, although presently in the East, seemed to be a team that would make much more sense in the West. Rumors began to run that the Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, or even quite possibly the Nashville Predators.
The bigger question, and one that still looms over the hearts of many fans out in the desert, is whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes will still be in any Conference next year. They are currently in what seems to be the final year of their lease agreement after almost being relocated this past summer. There's still a good possibility that they might be relocated in the near future as well, but all of that remains in limbo as the 2012 season moves forward.
However, the NHL and it's Board of Governors could not wait to see what happens in Phoenix and passed a very dramatic change to the current alignment. The Eastern and Western Conferences will ultimately be removed next year; the standard two conferences that consist of 15 teams will become four conferences with either seven or eight teams in each one.
Well it has been quite a while since I posted and I do apologize if anyone has been missing me. A lot going on in life has kept me pretty busy... anyway, on to the goods.
The Avs have been struggling quite a bit recently, especially at home. It just doesn't seem like this team can put in a full effort for 60 minutes. The team has put in some terrible efforts, some where the team scores but gets no defense or bad goaltending, Some where the defense or goalies play well and get no offense. The Avs are a good team, I don't doubt it. My ...
After losing a tough game to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, the Islanders look to finish off their West Coast road trip on a happy note. They will be facing the Vancouver Canucks, a team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals this past season.
The last time these two teams faced each other, both teams got a point, but the Canucks came out with two of them, defeating the Islanders in a shootout.
The Canucks bring along former Islander Roberto Luongo, who has been struggling so far this season along with the rest of the Canucks squad. Only having 17 points so far this season, the Canucks will look to get over the .500 plateau. So the Islanders need to expect a strong game o...