Colorado Avalanche Should Make a Move To Bolster Their Blue Line

January 7th, 2011 by Kevin Goff Leave a reply »
The Colorado Avalanche are in the midst of an up and down season right now.  Not too long ago, they had a six-game winning streak going, and had just snagged a small lead over the Vancouver Canucks in the Northwest Division.  Now, about two weeks later, the Avs are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games, 1-4-1 in their last six home games, and 10 points behind the Canucks in the Northwest Division. 

The Avalanche are a very young team, so some ups and downs have to be expected.  They stand a very good chance of making the playoffs, especially if they are able to go on another run of wins at some point soon, because the Western Conference is so close. 

At the moment, seeds No. 4 through 13 are separated by only five points, which is just insane.  One thing that has contributed to the recent struggle of the Avalanche has been their very inconsistent play on defense.

The Avs have played seven defensemen a few times these past couple of weeks.  The usual pairings are looking like so:

John-Michael Liles and Ryan O'Byrne

Adam Foote and Ryan Wilson

Kevin Shattenkirk and Matt Hunwick

Wi ...

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