After watching the team more or less steamroll the opposition through the first month of the season, Avalanche fans might have gotten used to a certain level of success in the past few weeks. And who could blame them, really? After the debacle that was last season, watching the team enjoy such tremendous success thus far has been a pretty sweet treat.
That’s the thing though; it’s been a treat, but November is looking to be a pretty challenging month for the NHL’s first place team.
In the month of November, the Avs will face off against some pretty strong teams, with games against three of the league’s top ten teams over a seven-day stretch. On November 14th, the Avs will take on the St. Louis Blues before kicking off a two-game home stand against the Florida Panthers and defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, before heading off to Phoenix to take on the Coyotes. The games against the Blackhawks and Blues will be crucial, because they’ll have strong implications on the team’s divisional battle heading into December, so the Avs need to make a strong push toward the middle of the month. The team has only two pairs of back-to-back games this month, so fatigue shouldn’t be much an issue, but they will be traveling plenty, bouncing back and forth between Denver and their host cities around the middle of the month.
Here’s an interesting tidbit though: Steve Downie suffered a concussion in his first game as a Philadelphia Flyer last night, leaving the game after a fight with Washington Capitals tough guy Aaron Volpatti. Obviously a tough thing to see for any player, but in a way it makes the Talbot trade look a little better for the Avs, as they won’t be missing anyone from the roster for tonight’s game. That being said, best wishes and a speedy recovery for Steve Downie; it’s always tough to see a player like him go down with a concussion, especially from a fight.
This month should be interesting, so stay tuned.