Blog Entry

The real hockey season is ready to start.

Posted on: April 7, 2008 11:21 pm

Looking forward to what I hope can be a long run for the Avs in the playoffs.

Several reasons to think the Avalanche can do well this postseason:

1.     Jose Theodore has played extremely well since the calendar turned to 2008 and it seems like there have been very few soft goals against since he became the undisputed number one goalie. Give credit to the Avs team defense for limiting scoring chances most nights and more specifically to the defensive corps that has gotten bigger and meaner since Adam Foote and Ruslan Salei came over at the trade deadline.

2.     The balance we have on the forward lines is better than any time in the last two seasons.  Stastny's line with Hejduk and the guy from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden have to be as hot as any line in the league right now.  They seem to get solid scoring chances on almost every shift and have put up lots of points recently.  When Joe Sakic is centering your second line, that just means headaches for any opponent while the third line has scoring punch and the checking line of Guite, Lappy, and McLeod can't be much fun to play against.

3.     When you consider that Marek Svatos was leading the team in goal scoring when he was lost for the season a couple months ago and arguably their best defenseman to that point in the season was Brett Clark who has also missed the last two moinths of the season and won't return for the playoffs, the Avalanche might be as healthy as they have been all season.

4.    The Avs were able to coax Peter Forsberg to come back to see if he still had the magic....after playing in only nine games down the stretch, Iwould say the answer has been a resounding YES.  He again sits out for nearly an entire calendar year and come back looking like he had never missed a beat.

All these things could (nothing surprises me in the playoffs) point to an extended playoff run for the Avalanche this year.


Category: NHL

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 11:52 pm

The real hockey season is ready to start.

I agree with everything you say.  First round, I've got the Avs in 6.  Game 3, going into the 3rd period up 1-0, I can't hardly stand it.  I'm having flashbacks watching this team play!

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2008 8:40 pm

The real hockey season is ready to start.

I hope your crystal ball has had it's 60,000 mile checkup...I'm on the same wavelength

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2008 9:51 am

The real hockey season is ready to start.

I could not agree more, the AVS. have looked great the last few weeks when the team shows up.  They need to put together offense and defense in the same game on a consistant basis.  I think that the AVS. will beat the Wild in 5 games, Backstrom is tough but Jose is a better Goalie.  This is the time that Joe Sakic has historically shined and I expect him to continue to do so.  Plus if the second line, Stastny, Hejduk, and Forsberg, can stay together and healthy they will be hard to stop they move the puck like nothing I have ever seen it is so smooth.  

 Let The Playoffs Begin...  GO AVS.  

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2008 3:33 am

The real hockey season is ready to start.

Things might be looking up. One of the better defensemen for the Wild, Nick Shultz had an appendectomy and will miss at least the 1st round if not longer according to the Mpls. Star Tribune. It might not be much, but that should jack up their pairings a little. Also, the only one listed on the Avs website for injured reserve is Brett Clark. Don't want to read too much into it, but could Marek Svatos see some action???

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2008 3:09 am

The real hockey season is ready to start.

As long as the "D" can buckle down, the Avs should be ok for this round. Out of the 3 games they have played since the trade deadline against the Wild, this last one on Sunday seemed better than the other 2. Avs in 6

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or