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8th Spot In the West All Planned Out

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Here we go. The final week of the season, four games in seven days, the first two on the road, the final two at home. Win two of these games – or just find a way to get four points – and your Colorado Avalanche is in the playoffs. Hard to believe it might still happen, isn’t it?...

I think what’s going to happen is this: I think the Avs are going to lose tomorrow night in Vancouver and the Flames are going to win at home against the Sharks. That would make things even again in the standings.
But the Avs will still have that one game in hand, and will have a date the next night with the worst team in the conference – the Edmonton Oilers. And I actually think the Avs will find a way to get at least a point that night.

But in the interest of “let’s not take any chances”, here’s what I propose: I think the Avs should start Peter Budaj against the Canucks, and give Craig Anderson another day of rest going into the Oil game.

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All Flames Can Do Is Win Then Watch

from Malcolm Kelly of CBC,

Another day, another knot in the stomach for the Calgary Flames.

First on the Easter Sunday menu is an afternoon tilt in Chicago against the Blackhawks (3 p.m. ET) — a team the Flames normally can’t beat.

Then there’s the waiting around to see if the San Jose Sharks can do them a favour by beating Colorado five hours later.

Meanwhile, back in southern Alberta, fans of the red and gold will be quietly mouthing now familiar words: “Thank you, Miikka, please do it again.”


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True Test For Sacco

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

I thought this team was destined to finish last or next to last in the West again, and I’m also convinced that if the Avalanche management truly thought this was a possibility, it wouldn’t have traded Ryan Smyth to the Kings last July. Yes, that deal saved money, and that was a major consideration, but it also represented a concession that the rebuilding was on and would be a prolonged process.

Yet the way this is unfolding, the Avalanche is in danger of transforming what by most standards should be a praiseworthy turnaround season into an unforgettable collapse. This will be the ultimate test of Joe Sacco’s work in his first season as an NHL head coach: Can he convince this team to play as if it still controls its fate, and with a rediscovered collective swagger, in the final week . . . and not as if it is afraid of failure?


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Colorado Just Not Good Enough

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Tonight’s 2-1 loss to the Flames encapsulated everything that’s gone wrong with this team since the Olympic break. They only played maybe 30 decent minutes of hockey in a 60-minute game, they made critical mistakes at wrong times and they didn’t play enough like they really, really wanted it bad enough until it was too late.

By the way, can I ask a question: when was the last time somebody on the Avs really crushed somebody with good, solid, clean hit? The Avs are just too easy to play against now. Teams are starting to go to the net and just do whatever they want, one of which is tip a lot of pucks past Craig Anderson. Rene Bourque’s game-winner was proof enough of that. I’m not just talking about the defensemen either. I’m talking about everybody on the team. Going forward into the future, the Avs need guys who don’t think it’s impolite to put an opposing player on their butts.

To me, tonight’s game was just one long example of a team that is proving more every night that it not only doesn’t believe in itself anymore, but doesn’t want it bad enough. Calgary didn’t really play a very good game tonight I thought. They were emininently beatable. But the Avs are just the classic team that beats itself now.

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The Battle For Eighth In The West

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald at Faceoff.com,

The Colorado Avalanche are, at present, doing a pretty canny impersonation of the Wicked Witch of the West doused by a bucket of water.

“I’m melting!

Not that these 60-65 minutes tonight, which will either bring the resurgent Calgary Flames even at 89 points or nose the Avalanche three to four in front, are necessarily definitive. The Flames, remember, were being fitted for toe tags, readied for shipment to the morgue, as recently as Saturday.

They looked to be beyond salvation, to have mentally closed up shop then, as the Avs do now.

Things, we’ve learned, can change quickly in this compelling, if quirky, potato-sack race to cross the Western Conference finish line eighth.

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The Avs Are What They Are

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

“They peaked too soon. Cream always rises to the top. Water seeks its own level. Thing always average out. They were never that good. It was all a mirage. It was just smoke and mirrors. It was always just a bubble, and bubbles always burst.”

We could posit a million more cliches here, but those are just a few of what a lot of know-it-alls are going to be saying about our Burgundy and Blue in the next 24 hours. And unless the Avs can somehow find a way to win a game again very quickly, they’re going to be saying it through the next week and over a long, bitter summer.

“The Avalanche finally showed themselves to be who they really were all along.”


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Morning Line

“There’s no room for panic.  We have to regroup. The quick fix is remembering how we got here, remembering how we’ve had success in the season. It’s true for every team — when you give turnovers in the middle of the ice when you’re forcing plays, that’s when you’re going to get into trouble. That’s where we need to be more patient.”

-Adam Foote of the Colorado Avalanche.  More on the Avs from Terry Frei of the Denver Post.

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Evening Line

that’s it, no teams wins a game allowing two goals in final minute of first two periods. andy (Craig Anderson) is a mess right now. Play Budaj

-Adrian Dater tweet..  Ducks up 3-1 on Avs at the end of 2.

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The Fight For The 8th Spot In The West

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

The intriguing race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference pits two teams that entered the season with completely different approaches and goals. The outcome will surely carry over into their 2010-11 campaigns.

The Calgary Flames made a big splash during the offseason by signing coveted unrestricted free agent defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. With him came lofty hopes for the team and season. The Colorado Avalanche, meanwhile, signed Bouwmeester’s former teammate Craig Anderson, who was unheralded as the Florida Panthers’ backup goaltender. They also elevated AHL coach Joe Sacco to their bench boss and opened the schedule with such a young and unproven lineup that expectations were, shall we say, tempered.


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Good Game But Still A Loss

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Here’s the problem: they didn’t win the game. And another: that wasn’t the real Sharks they played tonight. That was San Jose’s B Team. No Joe Thornton, no Evgeni Nabokov, no Rob Blake. First-line center, starting goalie, arguably the top D-man – not in the lineup.

That’s why I’m not really buying into the “If we play like that down the stretch, we’ll be OK…” company line espoused afterward.

This was another big wasted opportunity tonight. They should have found a way to get something, but kicked it all away. Yes, those third-period goals by San Jose were lucky bounces, but what seemed lost a bit on the players were the things they did before those goals, that allowed them to happen. Both times, the Avs had the puck with good time and space to get it out of the zone, and both times they made soft plays and turned it over. If the puck gets out of the zone, there is no chance for either lucky goal to happen.

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