As offense sputters, so do Colorado Avalanche – isportsweb.com (blog)
The Colorado Avalanche entered this season with their greatest strength being their high-powered offense. Well, it may not be time to sound the alarms, but that offense has not shown up yet in a pair of games.
He had their number in the playoffs last season, and to this point, Darcy Kuemper has had the Avs number again, notching 2 shutouts in back-to-back games
Credit to Darcy Kuemper, Mike Yeo and the Minnesota Wild brass, as they definitely have figured out a plan of action to playing the Avalanche. However, there were definitely chances for the Avalanche in the 2nd matchup between these two.
Colorado is yet to score this season, the only team in the NHL that has not recorded a goal. I wish there were a bet in Vegas on which team it would have been to be the last to score, and how much anyone who would have bet on it being the Avalanche would have won.
The Avalanche were not able to get any form of sustained pressure in the Minnesota zone, in either game, really. The line that best was able to hold the zone in this 2nd game was the 4th line combo of Marc-Andre Cliche, Max Talbot and Cody McLeod. Not what you want to hear with the big name offensive players the Avalanche have at their disposal.
Coach Patrick Roy has said at times that the Avalanche try to be too fancy with the puck, and I would tend to agree that that is something that is happening to this point. They seem to be gripping the stick a little tight, trying to make the absolute perfect play rather than just put the puck in the net.
Colorado was outscored in the home-and-home series with Minnesota by an embarrassing 8-0. They gave up 5 goals in the …read more