Thus far, the Avs are 1-2 this February. They’ve scored five goals, and allowed seven. The team is off to a 4-6 start. They need to be better. They need to stop getting shut out (three times in 10 games is absolutely unacceptable). Things need to get figured out, and fast.
This is the fourth year of a rebuilding process…it’s time to make the playoffs. No excuses (I’m so tired of hearing how many injuries they have.) Yes, it’s true, the Avs have seen more players go down than most teams the past few years. That doesn’t make it acceptable for the team to shrug it’s shoulders and say “well if we’d been healthy, things would have been different.” A competent team, a competent coach, a competent organization, does not let injuries dictate their season, unless all 23 regular players are out for the entire season. Yes, it hurts not having Landeskog and Downie. Apparently it’s more important to “take a stand” than it is to help the team and sign O’Reilly. Stastny, Duchene, Parenteau, McGinn, and Jones just need to step it up in their absence. No more “if only”s or “but”s. It’s time to shape up. There are enough players with enough talent still standing who can make this team win.
The guys have a few days off here, and I think they need to adjust whatever attitudes and whatever systems need to be adjusted. They need to come out flying against Phoenix Monday night. The Coyotes have seemingly had the Avs number the past few years, but they aren’t off to a very strong start (they’re 4-5-2, compared to the Avs 4-6). The Avs are perfectly capable of beating them, if they stick to some semblance of a gameplan for 60 minutes. The next team they’ll face will be the Wild on Thursday. The Wild are 4-5-1 thus far, and a team that the Avs can absolutely beat (especially when one considers that one of those wins, against the Avalanche, was a situation where the Avs beat themselves.) After this next week, they’ll return to a more regular schedule of playing nearly every other night.
The Avs can recover from a weak first 10 games, but only if they next 38 games boast a STRONG record. Not a mediocre one, not an average one. A strong record that gets them over 50 points (with the help of the eight they’ve accumulated thus far).