As im sitting at home with a cold which is keeping me from being at work. i decided to write a new blog.. Yay for you guys :).
Well here we are, December 23th 2011. The Avs are currently 17-17-1 on the season so far, sitting 4th in the Northwest division and 12th in the Western Conference, 4 points out of a playoff spot with 35 points.
Tonight they are playing a struggling Tampa Bay lightning team, and are looking to go 18-17-1 before the Christmas break. Which to us Avs fans is better then where we thought they would be at this point of the year considering the losing streaks and whatnot.
But if we look to last year at this date exactly, the Avs were 19-12-4 with 42 points and on top of the Northwest division. (They did play a game on the 23th last season as well, and that is included in the record). Whats the difference from last year. Well the Avs have 4 more points last year from losing in OT. Something the Avs know little about this season.
The great play of late has been coming from veteran goaltending of J.S. Giguere. As he know how to keep a team in the game with the last few minutes of play in regulation. Something Varlamov is going to need more experience at.
Rookies Brad Malone and David Van Der Gulik have been playing great as well, considering they are playing to so the coach why they should of been on the team to begin with.
Coach Sacco is going with the Same lineup as the last game. Keeping Hunwick on a line with Rookie Stefan Elliot instead of bringing Vet Kyle Quincey back in. Its weird, but Elliot and Hunwick haven’t been to bad together, and they certainly aren’t taking the penalties that Quincey does on a regular basis.
The only hope that the Avs fans have right now, is that the team has a better 2nd half of the season then they did last season. They need to get close or make a playoff spot in order to show that losing a 1st and 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft wasn’t a waste for Varlamov.
So a win tonight would bring the Avs within 5 points of what they were at exactly this time last season. It would also be a new record for the Avs winning 8 straight at home.
Lets hope they can win this game tonight and go into the New years with a new confidence they haven’t seen in a while.