As I sit here at work at 4:02 am, I’ve been trying to put the thoughts together in my head about what my next blog would be about the Avs.
I know it’s been a long time since my last one, my laptop is still out of commission :(. But that just means I get to try to make the blogs I do write that much better.
3 teams. St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers. These 3 teams are the only ones who have not lost to the Avs so far this season. The Avs have at least a victory over the other 26 remaining teams in the league.
I don’t know about you guys, but that’s pretty damn impressive considering the team finished 29th in the league last season and are now currently 5 points away from the top spot in the NHL.
Now the Avs still have 1 game against the Blues, 2 against the Canucks and 1 against the Rangers during this last stretch before the playoffs. So there is a chance they can get at least one 1 win from every team.
Everyone had this team written off at the beginning of the season, and I give all the credit to this amazing turnaround season to the coaches, an area that has been horrible in the last 10 years. Especially under the horrible dump and chase system that Coach Sacco had this young fast team playing.
Patrick Roy brought that passion back to Denver. And it’s gotta be hard as a player to have a legend like Roy coaching you. Half the time I imagine they are in awe and the other half is trying not to piss him off. Which doesn’t seem to be the case at all. Roy really believes in this team, and most importantly he has them believing in themselves.
Another key coach is Francois Allaire, the goalie coach. As of tonight Seymon Varlamov is 2nd in the league to Marc-Andre Fluery with 32 wins. Considering the whole team in last years shortened season had 16 wins in 48 games. With Allaire’s knowledge along with a great work ethic from Varly and Giggy, the team cannot stress enough how important those goaltenders are to their success.
It’s a great time to be an Avs fan. The potential for this team is huge, and they’ve certainly silenced the naysayers from the beginning of the season with the simple mantra, and attitude around the locker room of “Why Not Us”.
They even have a few names being thrown into the NHL award mix.
Calder- Nathan Mackinnon
Jack Adams- Patrick Roy
Lady Byng- Ryan O’Reilly
Vezina- Seymon Varlamov.
I’m not saying that is how it’s going down other than Mackinnon, but a case could be made for either of them.
Avs face the defending champs for the last time this season on Wednesday, whom they are 3-1-0 against, which is also impressive. Other than St. Louis, I just don’t see them having much trouble in the playoffs. They are on a mission, and when they lose a game they are extra ready for the next one.
Personally, I’m just stoked to have them back in the playoff picture, Everything else is a wonderful bonus.
Until next time,