What’s Wrong with the Colorado Avalanche?

November 21st, 2009 by James Crider Leave a reply »
Two games in a row, the Colorado Avalanche came flying out of the gate to wallop their opponent.

Two games in a row, the Colorado Avalanche went home with zero points.

Hockey is a 60-minute game. Right now, the Avalanche are playing a 40-minute game.

Up 4-3 at the end of the second period against the lowly Oilers, Colorado decided to stop trying and lost 6-3.

Last night, they gave an encore, blowing a 2-1 third period lead en route to an embarrassing 5-2 loss to Vancouver. 

I thought this was supposed to be a young, hard-working, enthusiastic team.

Last year if they blew a lead, who cares? It was a geezer team with a boatload of players going through the motions to get a check in the mail.

That's not the case anymore. This year, the roster is almost exclusively filled with players who are looking, or at least should be looking, to establish themselves as NHL players.

For the most part, they've shown promise. A 13-7-3 record is a tremendous accomplishment for a team many fans called a "lock" for projected 2010 first overall draft choice Taylor Hall.

What's troubling isn't th ...

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