The Wheels Are Falling Off of the Colorado Avalanche

November 15th, 2009 by James Crider Leave a reply »
Nay sayers, unite: the Colorado Avalanche are free falling.

After opening the season a record setting 10-1-2, the Avalanche have stumbled, going 2-4-1 in their last seven games.

Craig Anderson is no longer doing his Patrick Roy impression. Matt Duchene has one point in his last nine games. Paul Stastny continues to do his Yan Stastny impression during road games.

Worst of all, after coach Joe Sacco called tonight's game against Vancouver "a must win," the team responded by getting blown out 8-2 on home ice.

Welcome back, 2008-2009 Colorado Avalanche.

In all seriousness, even though things are going pretty bad right now, it's not to be unexpected: we're talking about the third youngest team in the NHL.

Being young gives the Avalanche a little wiggle room to be inconsistent at times, but it's certainly not an excuse. Some players on this team have to be better.

Marek Svatos and Matt Duchene simply aren't producing at this point, and are a combined minus-16 as a result. I blame both players struggles more on Svatos than I do Duchene; every time he gets the puck, it seems to bounce off his stick like a ...

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