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Avs win again, head home tied for first in Division

Dutch and Stas celebrate their win with their bam bam dance The Avs finished the road trip on a high note with two straight wins and a total of 6 points out of a possible 12. Not too shabby for the boys, especially considering they didn't play the greatest the first three games. Several players played some of their best hockey over the road trip, and the number one player that deserves praise is Matt Duchene. He really came into his own during the trip and hopefully he can keep it up the rest of the season. Last night however, Stastny finally had a good offensive night getting a goal and two assists. that is what Paul needs to do more consistently if he wants to truly lead this tea...

Dutch is Clutch and the Avs win!

Duchene is all fired up and becoming a leader Well it's a good night in Avs country as the Avs broke out of their slump and finally won. The team absolutely dominated the Thrashers from beginning to end. Their up tempo style lead by Matt Duchene and Greg Mauldin was to much for the Thrash. The team came out firing and if it wasn't for an amazing performance from Pavlec this game would have been a blowout. Hats off to Pavlec, this guy doesn't get much credit as a great goaltender, but I feel like he is playing like one of the best right now (besides Thomas who is playing like a freak). From start to finish though this was Duchene's game. He worked so hard out there and battled ever...

4 straight loss for Avs, third in OT

Duchene stays hot but it's not enough Another day, another loss for the Avs. The team just continues to struggle, and you have to wonder if the injuries are finally catching up. It seems that the Stewart injury has taken the air out of the sales of the Avs. The team just isn't playing the up tempo style that they have been in the past that worked. Other teams knew when they played the Avs they would have to work hard to win, but in recent games the team has seemed lazy. The biggest thing wrong is in their own defensive zone, the team just isn't motivated to get the puck out of the zone and actually play some defense. They get another chance Friday against a hot Atlanta team, and...

No TV for Avs and Panthers... SAY WHAT?!

This is all you will see if you try and watch Tuesdays game! That's right folks, no television for this game what so ever! No versus, no local altitude, and no broadcast from Florida. How can this possibly happen? I am sure it has to do with the fact that Florida can't sellout or get any sort of crowd, but if it isn't because of this then the NHL should wake up. I don't get how there can't be a single broadcast for this game. If there isn't a local Florida broadcast and no national broadcast, THEN WHY CAN'T AlTITUDE COVER IT?! I am just so in shock that no way is covering the game and I am quite upset with the NHL! Is this the beginning for the NHL in hard economic times? Th...

Avs can't find results... who is to blame?

Avs Budaj didn't have his best game Well another day, another Avs loss. The team is really starting to slide after going 1-3-2 in their last 6 games. I am sorry to put blame on certain players, but I believe it is warranted right now with this team. I am so happy to have Anderson back because since Anderson's second injury, Budaj has been playing a lot worse. He is allowing at least 1-2 bad goals per game and especially when the team needs him to come up big for the team. For example in OT a couple of nights ago, and tonight whenever the Avs would get back into the game. He let in his usual one per game through the five hole, and also one where he threw himself forward instead on sta...

Avs make trades for Fleischmann and Hundwick

New Av Tomas Fleischmann-courtesy of Caps.com I was actually in the middle of writing another blog about what the Avs might do to replace all their injured players, and during the time I wrote it, the Avs made two moves aquiring Matt Hunwick from Boston and Tomas Fleischmann from Washington. So I guess that answers what the Avs were expecting to do to replace some players. Well here is the rest of the blog I was writing about injuries for the Avs and at the bottom I will have my opinion on the two deals. Stewart Out for a while, injury woes continue Well news out of the Avs camp is that Stewart will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. This is just a recent injury in a very lo...

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 ...

Avs Weekend Notes: Stewart Snubbed From All-star ballot!

Stewart Snubbed? Avs Lose to Detroit 3-1 Sorry about not putting out a blog after the Avs loss to the Red Wings Saturday night. It was what it was and that exactly was an Av team coming off a game on Friday to play a rested Red Wings team in Detroit on Saturday. I will say the third period was good for the Avs and they nearly pulled out a comeback with several opportunities to score some goals. I will say Howard played great in the third and won the game for a team who got an early 3-0 lead and sat on it. I seem to recall a recent game with the Wings that was very similar with a 3-0 lead the Wings ended up losing 4-3 in a shootout. But that didn't happen again and the Avs headed hom...

Avs beat Jackets 5-1 for the second time in less than a month

Associated Press Avs Win Big With Some New Additions Well it is nights like these that Avs just look scary good! Now if only they could play like this every single night. I will give them some what of a pass, because it is hard to get in a rhythm of playing like this when the line up is changing every single night. Well if they can play like they did tonight when players like Mueller, Anderson, and Foote return; this Avs team is going to compete and surprise some people. Tonight we saw the addition of newly aquired defensemen Ryan O'Byrne from Montreal as well as call up Greg Mauldin. O'Byrne was acquired just a few days ago from Montreal in exchange for Avs prospect Michael Bor...

New Rookies create a Dilemma for the Avs

Both Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen have created a new question I wouldn't want to be in coach Sacco's shoes right about now, however it is for a good reason. After a 5-0 beating of the Dallas Stars, Sacco has the question of who to play on defense. Colby Cohen who made his debut in the Stars game, and Kevin Shattenkirk who was playing in his second game both played well and gave a huge youthful boost to the defense. The problem is that the Avs will soon be getting the return services of Adam Foote, Ryan Wilson, and Kyle Cumiskey. In order to play both Shattenkirk and Cohen, Sacco will have to either send down two of the aforementioned defense men or scratch them. If I were ...