The Colorado Avalanche welcomes the Vancouver Canucks to Denver this afternoon for game 2 of this 4 game home stand. The Avs play Vancouver 4 times in the final 2 months of the regular season. That means that the Canucks will have a major role in determining whether or not Colorado makes the playoffs.
The defending Western Conference champions have already proven that last season was not a fluke. Sitting atop the northwest division, the Canucks look like the team to beat once again this year. With the returning cast of superstars like Alexandre Burrows, Roberto Luongo and the Sedin twins, this afternoon’s game will have the feeling of another playoff game.
The Avalanche played exceptionally well in the prior two games but fell short as the final horn sounded. While watching those games one could not help but see that Colorado is playing with more urgency and has more hop in their step. This is key if Colorado wants to be contenders in their conference.
Teams like Detroit and Vancouver play with that intensity on a daily basis and their record and club history reflect that image. Colorado has suffered through a sort of rebuilding era as of late and has struggled to keep pace with the perennial powerhouses. The previous two games showed a glimpse of what Colorado used to exude. The Avs were once one of the most feared teams in the league. With the play that Colorado showed in Edmonton and again against Minnesota, fans are starting to get excited to see the reemergence of the club that used to inhabit the Pepsi Center.
Tonight’s contest will be another gauge of just how strong the Avalanche really are. If Colorado can carry the momentum over from the Minnesota game, then the scoreboard should get a workout. The Avs were frustrated because of Backstrom’s outstanding play and will look to take out that frustration on Vancouver.
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