Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Before we begin I'd like to take the opportunity to show you all this goal by Ryan Smyth making Doughty look like an amateur defensemen at best. I have been watching the Avalanche a little closely since the 5-2 victory against the Flyers. That was when the Avalanche were 0-3-0 and nobody knew what could possibly be worse, Raycroft, Budaj, or the empty net. Since then the Av's are now 4-3-0 Raycroft has been OK and Budaj is playing much better. They currently lead the Northwest and tied for first in the in Goals (28) and in third with goals against (23).The offense has been absolutely amazing this week Stastny is white hot right now 2 goals 9 assists. Hejduk is a goal scoring machine with 6 goals. Hejduk and Stastny really do have some good chemistry with eachother right now and they are exciting to watch especially on the power play. Ryan Smyth is looking better this year than he did last year, and Sackic does not appear to be slowing down much at all, he is second on the team in points with 2 goals and 7 assists.The Northwest can be in big trouble if this team gets any better than they are playing now and especially if Budaj or Raycroft can become solid goaltenders. They do have other players who can at any moment erupt offensively, guys like Wojtek Wolski, Marek Svatos, and Darcy Tucker.The Avalanche faces a tough task tonight against the Buffalo Sabres who are looking as good as they were in 06/07. This will be the measuring stick to see just how good the av's really are. Even though they are on a 4 game winning streak, 3 of those 4 games were against the Philadelphia Flyers who's defense (if you want to call it that) is hurting badly and were getting no favors from their goaltending, The Dallas Stars where Marty Turco has been playing as if it were the playoffs and the Stars almost came back and won the game, and The LA Kings. Something to note, even though they had started out the year 0-3-0 all of their losses were 1 goal games. The season is still young, they have a good test tonight and many more to come throughout the season.- M. PatotaSource

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