First of all, great move by Denver based Quizno’s. I saw their $4 Torpedo commercial last night. For $4 you get an oven baked sandwich that is “over a foot long”. They should have the $5 footlong beat in no time. Any victory for the Mile High City these days is good news. Now back to those Colorado Avalanche…
It looks like for the first time since moving to Denver that the Avalanche will not break the 40 win plateau. Currently the Avalanche have 31 Wins and nine games remaining on the season. The Avs have lost 4 straight games and have been outscored 18-6 in those contests. Going on a 9 game winning streak is a likely as seeing Jay Cutler suite up for Broncos voluntary training camp this week.
On Sunday, Colorado traveled to San Jose. The Avalanche were coming off an embaressing 8-1 beating provided by the Edmonton Oilers on 3/19. Neil Young was in attendance in San Jose and it was time for some old fashioned hockey. Scott Hannan, who signed a large contact in the 2007 summer and sports 1970′s rocker hair, scored his 1st goal of the season. I realize that Hannan wasn’t brought in for his offensive attributes but 1 goal through 72 games for a player that averages 22 minutes of ice per game is pretty sad. Regardless, the effort that Colorado displayed on Sunday was pretty strong. They held the NHL’s best Sharks to just 3 goals and peppered Evgeni Nabokov with 32 shots. Unfortunately for Colorado, Nabokov stopped 31 of those including a breakaway midway through the 3rd on Ruslan Salei which could have been a momentum changer. San Jose threw just 27shots on Andrew Raycroft yet he was only able to keep 25 out of his net. San Jose added an empty netter with 35 seconds to play.
March closes out with home games against Phoenix and Vancouver sandwiched between a home and home series with George Parros and the Anaheim Ducks. Good seats are still available.