The Colorado Avalanche got a good look at its future in its first preseason game of the 2010-2011 season.
Kevin Shattenkirk opened the scoring with his first goal in an Avalanche uniform against the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night. The Avs went on to win 3-1.
Of course, none of our preseason games are ever on TV, so I can’t comment on the game beyond what the stats show, though I do know the lead blogger for Bleedin’ Blue, Justin Stine, was actually at the game, so we’ll see if we can’t get a more intimate recap from him.
What we do know from the stats is that the Avs seem to be performing much like they did most of last season. Here are a couple things I’ve noticed.
1) We’re still getting scoring from all over the place. Neither of our top two lines produced any goals (though Galiardi racked up two assists). We got our goals from a rookie defenseman, and oft-injured 3rd liner with skill (David Jones), and Luke Walker, our 5th round draft pick and the only pick from this year’s draft still in camp. His goal was set up by two guys I’ve never even heard of: Ben Walter and Patrick Bordeleau.
2) We’re still getting grossly outshot. We were outshot 34-18 tonight. Almost doubled. But there is some good to take out of it. First of all, it wasn’t Anderson bailing us out like he did so often last season, it was his back-up Budaj, and his back-up, Trevor Cann (who shut out the Blues by the way, with 24 saves!).
The upshot? Getting outshot as badly as this and still winning means that we are also still taking advantage of the scoring chances we do get, which is one of the most exciting aspects of this team.
Next up is the staple of our preseason menu, as always the Los Angeles Kings. It’ll be our pre-season home opener on Wednesday. Once again, it won’t be on TV, but if you’ve got the patience, you can listen to it on the radio at 950 AM. Of course, you’ll only pick up the radio signal for the station if you are physically inside the Pepsi Center. In that case, you’ll probably just watch the game live…