Tomorrow night (Saturday) is the last game of the Colorado Avalanche’s regular season, and boy is it a huge one. The Avs will be playing the St Louis Blues and the winner will be heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Really no matter the outcome, the Avs have had an unbelievable season. If I told you I would have been writing this article at the beginning of the season, every single one of you would have laughed in my face.
Despite everything, the Colorado Avalanche are in a playoff spot on April 3rd.
This team had 48 pts last year. Right now, they have 45 more.
They currently have 8 rookies on the roster & have played 11.
57% of the team is 25 or younger, including the top 3 scorers.
— Andi Duroux (@andidee15) April 3, 2018
Last year, the Avs finished worst in the NHL, didn’t make any huge moves during the off season and went through some major drama with that pretty boy Matt Duchene. Avs fans were not looking forward to this season and people, including myself, were starting to question if Sakic could hack it as an executive. Well, well, well, Super Joe came through when we needed him most. He pulled off an epic trade, sending Duchene to Ottawa. Matt went to a “winning” team like he wanted, and the Avs got 7 assets in return. The most notable asset is the young 19 year old defenseman, Samuel Girard who has been playing beyond his years. Since the trade, the Avs have been the talk of the NHL and Ottawa isn’t a winning team.
Now let’s get to what really matters, SATURDAY NIGHT! Like I said above, no matter what happens the Avs have had a great season; but how badass would it be if the Avs went from last, to the NHL playoffs? They will need to step up, especially after losing Varly for the season and EJ for 6-8 weeks. The Blues and Avs always play each other well and the games usually have some nastiness to them. Tomorrow will be no different, but the intensity and nastiness will be stepped up a notch. This is a play-in game, winner takes all! With Varly out, the Avs need Bernier to come up big in goal. He has already shown promise of holding down the net during the Avs winning streak earlier in the season. In addition to Bernier, the entire Avs D needs to step up. Zadorov needs to keep playing mean, Barrie and Girard need to keep doing what they do and maybe we can get a surprise from a guy like Siemens. Lastly, the Avs first line MUST produce. The last few games they have been much quieter than usual.
Landy, Mikko, Nate, and the rest of the Avs: you have ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT, turn it up! Fans, let’s rock the Pepsi Center tomorrow night and help the Avs bring playoff hockey back to Colorado!
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) April 6, 2018