Thank goodness it’s a long season.
That must have been one of the thoughts going through many of the players on the Avalanche roster on Wednesday night following a 6-4 loss to the Nashville Predators that was hardly as close as it looks on paper. The Predators were out for blood from the get-go after the Avs left a bad taste in their mouths on the second night of the season, after a Steve Downie hit knocked defenseman Roman Josi out of the game. The Predators showed up to play on Wednesday night against an Avalanche squad that…well, didn’t.
“The Avalanche were sloppy, got shaky goaltending, and just looked like a different team as they were downed for just the second time this season. The Predators were smart, aggressive, and capitalized on chances the Avalanche gave them”, said Ryan Womeldorf in his post game blog over at Mile High Sticking, and he’s right.
At times the Avalanche looked a little lost against the Predators, so yeah, it’s a good thing it’s a long season, but all the same, no one is panicking. The Avs were bound to have a sloppy night sooner or later and the sooner they can recover and bounce back, the better. Also, this was not one of the Joe Sacco-era stinkers we’re all too used to seeing from the past few years. The Avs got beat, sure, but there were some positives; for one, Matt Duchene picked up another multipoint game, scoring a goal and assisting on two others to crack the league’s top-10 in scoring. His goal last night was an absolute thing of beauty, showcasing his unbelievable speed as he blew by two Nashville players to bury the puck in the third period, tying the game at four. The 22-year-old center is quickly becoming the kind of player the Avalanche always hoped he could be, and is quickly gaining attention around the league as a rising star.
The Avalanche look to bounce back against the Calgary Flames tomorrow night (November 8th), and Sunday against the Washington Capitals.