The Colorado Avalanche are in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs! Yes, you heard that right, PLAYOFFS! In my first article I wrote for Hash Sports, I talked about how the Avs may not suck this year, but holy smokes I didn’t expect this. The Colorado Avalanche had arguably one of the best comeback seasons in NHL history. They went from dead last, last year, to the 8th spot in the NHL playoffs. Many people who don’t really know hockey are probably thinking, who really cares about the 8th spot, they will just get beat by the Predators since they are the number one seed. Thankfully, if you know anything about hockey, we all know this isn’t the NBA and we know that the seeding gets thrown out the window once the series starts. Look at the Kings in 2012, they were the 8th seed and went on to beat the number one, two and three seeded teams to advance and hoist the Stanley Cup.
The Avs certainly are the underdogs coming into the playoffs. They are without star defenseman, Erik Johnson for at least the first round and maybe longer, and starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov is out for the season. This shouldn’t surprise most Avs fans, we all know both EJ and Varly are made of glass. With that being said, I am still hopeful the Avs can make something happen in the playoffs. They have the talent and even the goaltending to make a run. The first line of Mackinnon, Rantanen and Landeskog have been on fire the entire season. Every time Mackinnon has the puck, there is a solid chance he will score. It is like he is shooting on a soccer goal. The Avs defense has also been stepping up, especially while EJ has been out of the lineup.
Zadorov will need to keep playing like he has for the Avs to have a chance against Nashville. The Preds have a roster full of powerful players who have Stanley Cup Playoff experience. Zadorov will need to stay physical like he has all season and keep throwing his body around to slow up the Preds. In addition to Zadorov, Samuel Girard and Tyson Barrie need to keep playing well. They are the ones who can really make a difference by creating plays and getting the game to the speed where the Avs have the advantage. Bernier also needs to get hot. If all of this can happen, the Avs have a serious chance of not just competing with the Preds but potentially beating them.
Really no matter what happens this playoffs, I think we can all agree that the Avs season will be a successful one. The team is the youngest in the NHL and are making strides to start being a contender year after year. But why should we wait? Let’s start right now! I believe with the talent the Avs have, they may make some serious waves this year in the Playoffs. How cool would this article sound? From Last Place to Stanley Cup Champions…
LETS GO AVS and BEAT THE PREDS!