Game 6 Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Montreal Canadiens – Mile High Hockey
The Avs look to finish out their roadtrip strong despite injuries to their two top goalies.
Welcome to Saturday and the fourth game of the Avs’ early season Northeast roadtrip! (as is tradition). The opponents tonight are the Montreal Canadiens and the swarm of bilingual reporters huddled around Patrick Roy. As such, there’s a very strong chance we’ll all know how to pronounce the French word for “regression” by the end of the night. Yay for learning!
With that said, we may as well address the other elephant in the room: goaltending. This is the first full game for the Avs after Goaliegeddon. In case you missed it, both Varlamov and Berra are a bit banged up and being held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons. With any luck, they’ll be better by next week, but in the meantime, both of Lake Erie’s 22-year-old goalies are up with the big club.
Calvin Pickard’s NHL debut on Thursday probably could have gone better. He made a fair number of saves, including a pretty spectacular one, but the two softies he allowed certainly didn’t help. The other available goalie is Sami Aittokallio. He’s had two stints up with the Avs, but has yet to play a full game. No matter who gets the start (and Pickard is more likely to get the nod), saying that the Avs are inexperienced in net right now is a bit of an understatement.
This could prove to be a problem considering the recent struggles of the rest of the team. The offense hasn’t clicked yet, and only Florida has scored fewer goals per game than the Avs. Couple that with intense chemistry issues, rapidly rotating lines, an unusually …read more