Colorado Avalanche: Coach Joe Sacco on the Hot Seat?

February 8th, 2011 by James Crider Leave a reply »
It's been less than two years since the Colorado Avalanche filled its vacant coaching position and mere months since a club captured a surprise berth in the Western Conference playoffs.

Yet it may be time for coaching change.

Right now, coach Joe Sacco isn't getting it done.

In the midst of a four-game losing streak, which includes losing six of their past seven games, Avalanche management may have to look deeper than the players on the ice to figure out why the team is in the funk they're in.

The Avalanche may be getting beaten, but what's more alarming is the way they're getting beaten.

It's one thing for one of the youngest teams in the NHL to have bouts of inconsistency, but there's a difference between losing games because the roster isn't quite there yet and losing games by getting absolutely embarrassed in all areas by the opponent.

Lately, it's been the latter.

Over the Avalanche's last eight games, the club has been outscored 26-12 by opponents. If that wasn't bad enough, seven of the Avalanche's 12 goals came late in the third period, usually when the game was completely out of reach.

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