3 Games, 3 Points

Here we are, grinding down toward the end of the horrific thing known as the 2010-11 Avalanche season.  Starting tonight, they have 3 games to go – 2 versus the Dallas Low-Stars and 1 versus the Edmonton Oil-Spill.  And here’s the ugly truth – if this team can’t secure at least 3 points in these last 3 games, this will go down as the single worst season in the short but storied history of the club.  Ugh…

That being said, let’s break down the season and look at what happened.

Through the first quarter of the year, it looked as if the Avalanche hadn’t lost any steam from the previous year.  In the first 20 games, they produced a record of 12-7-1.  Not a bad start at all!  Their offence was lighting the lamp and their goaltending was adequate.  They looked as if they would be a contender and they could play with anyone. 

Over the next 20 games, they produced a respectable 9-7-4 record.  Everyone felt pretty good about this team and the way things were progressing.  They were a full 7 games above .500 and they were playing some great hockey!

Now, this is where the wheels began to fall off the bus.  Actually, they didn’t just fall off – they EXPLODED into bits of burning rubber as they careened down the highway.  In the 20 games that encompassed the third quarter of the season, the Avalanche could only come away with a 5-13-2 record.  They were no longer playing like the team that had beat the defending champion Blackhawks in 3 previous meetings.  They were losing close games and they were completely blowing games.  You recall – it was ugly…

Currently, the last quarter of the season has been dismal at best.  19 games in and their record is a paltry 3-15-1.  They have been outworked in every corner, out flanked at every line, can’t get a break to save their lives, and the netminders have looked like second-string AHL goalies at best.  This is some of the worst hockey I have ever seen…

So, yeah, I’m seriously down right now and I hate the fact that after April 10, 2011, our Avs players will be taking swings at little white golf balls while many others get to continue on in the second season swinging at pucks.  It’s heartbreaking, really.  This will be only the second time in Avalanche history that the club has been relegated to “armchair goalie” during the post-season.  The players will go home to Michigan, Canada, Minnesota, Czechoslovakia, or wherever else, and ponder what they could have done differently to help the team win for this season is sunk…

 

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