(Denver, Colorado) — Look for the Colorado Avalanche to spring a surprise on the league number one rated team Tuesday night. The Avs have struggled of late—winning four of 12 games. But look at this team’s last game and their new style of play… and you will see that they have finally made the adjustment to a more balanced, two-way, team. Coach Joe Sacco’s team is now trending in the right direction – as exemplified by their most solid two-way effort of the season… a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild Friday night. That it would take the Avalanche 10 to 12 games to adapt to the style Sacco has implored them to play all season long is just about right with less than half the season remaining.
The Canucks come into the Pepsi Center tonight loaded for bear after being shut out on Sunday by the same Minnesota team that the Avs defeated in their last game. Look for the terrific trio of Daniel Sedin, Henirk Sedin, and Ryan Kesler to lead the attack for this deep Vancouver team who will definitely have their hands full with the inspired Avs.
Don’t expect to see a 7-6 or a 6-5 game. This one will come with some playoff-type electricity. Sparks will fly at the Pepsi Center tonight as the top two teams in the Northwest Division square off. The Avs will prove tonight that they are a legitimate playoff team – and I will eat crow if they play poorly.
But really, I don’t see that happening.
The Avs have too much to prove to the naysayers who keep forecasting their collapse. This will not happen. Tonight look for Chris Stewart, Matt Duchene, and David Jones to have big games upfront for the Avs.
Goal Differential Consensus: Colorado by 1
Final Score Consensus: 3-2
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