Colorado Avalanche: Has Their Fire Been Snuffed Out After a Great Start?

December 13th, 2009 by Eric LaForge Leave a reply »
One of the biggest stories at the beginning of the season was the resurgent Colorado Avalanche.

Like many others, I made the mistake of predicting the rest of the season from the month of October.

I'm not going to do that again.

The majority of the hockey world assumed that the good play was going to continue for the rest of the season. But now, the Avalanche are struggling.

I don't want to take anything away from their start. At the beginning of the season, they were playing solid hockey and deserved to be at the top. They were making the plays that no other team could, and goalie Craig Anderson was within the top five in the NHL.

Now, Anderson is struggling, but not nearly as much as the rest of the team. He is still 11th in the NHL in save percentage (tied with Martin Brodeur) but is 20th in GAA. This big of a difference tells me that he's not getting help from his defense anymore.

During their recent skid, Colorado's biggest problem has been their defense. They are letting too many shots get in to Anderson. Once again, Anderson has been great, the defense has not. Anderson has had to face the most shots ...

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