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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:19 pm 
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UNDEFEATED...after one game.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:50 am 
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Pokecheque wrote:
UNDEFEATED...after one game.
82-0.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:11 am 
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Logical Progression wrote:
Pokecheque wrote:
UNDEFEATED...after one game.
82-0.


UNDEFEATED...after 2 games.

80 more to go! :P

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:13 pm 
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Some lingering problems from last season:

1. Inconsistent power play that relies too much on big shots from up high.
2. Bad penalty kill.
3. Relatively weak efforts in the 2nd period.
4. Tyson Jost.

That said, still plenty of time to work out these issues. I think, ultimately, that Jost will be sent away before the end of the season. It's clear he doesn't know his role, and the coaches don't really know where to put him.

I just read they sent Conor Timmins down to Loveland, which could be for several reasons: One, he's been okay, but not great. Two, he could stand to play a larger role with more minutes. But I think the biggest reason is that right now, the Eagles are off to a truly horrendous start and need some reinforcements. There's also the possibility he was merely sent down because the Avs are on an extended break.

Ian Cole practiced without a non-contact jersey so he may show up sooner than December. The Avs also have Mark Barberio on the depth chart, may as well use him before he gets hurt again.

Avs get to stay undefeated for a good long time as they do not play again until THURSDAY. Who the hell makes this schedule!?!?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:49 pm 
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4-2 win over the Bruins. The B's actually scored 4 times, but 2 of those goals got called back. One on a goalie interference call (I think it was fair but I'm biased, so)...and the other on an offside challenge. The latter is just more bullshit as the zone entry happened waaaaaaaaaaaaaay before the goal even happened, but I'm also not feeling a ton of sympathy for Boston as the Avs have gotten jobbed way, way worse by this idiotic rule.

Anyway, goals from MacKinnon (his first of the season), Bellemare, Burakovsky (his first of the season, and a beauty at that), and Landeskog with an empty-netter.

So far the Avs are somewhat fortunate to be 3-0, but on the bright side, they haven't played anywhere near their potential, and are still winning.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:54 pm 
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Well, 4-0-0 despite some very obvious flaws that need to be worked out. The team is still not quite "there" yet. But it's nice to see a few good things.

Kadri scores his first as an Av and it was a beauty.

Burakovsky with two GWGs on the year so far, and both of them were quite nice. Definitely can see why so many can be frustrated with him. The talent is obvious, if he can just show more consistency and a willingness to skate through traffic...he would be a well-established star by now.

Girard and Makar have been phenomenal thus far. Makar has had points to start his rookie season in all four games.

Goaltending has not quite been elite, but it's been more than good enough. Pavel Francouz earned his first NHL win last night.

Some pretty bad defensive breakdowns, special teams struggles, and the fact that Nathan MacKinnon still looks like he's not quite in fighting form yet are the biggest things holding the team back. But hey, they're undefeated thus far, and they won their latest in OVERTIME, which is quite something given their struggles in that particular area the last two seasons.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:18 pm 
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5-0-0, this time a 6-3 win against the Caps, but boy did the Avs go out of their way to make this one interesting.

The Avs went up 4-0 in the first, scored their first three goals on their first three shots and chased Holtby. But then came out weak in the 2nd, and even after going up 5-2 STILL made things way too close. It was nearly 5-4 with 2 minutes left in the game, but then that last Caps goal got called back on account of offside.

Now the offsides challenge is presenting yet another problem, linesmen are getting super-lax now. The zone entry was WAY off, and it should've been whistled dead easily. The officials should not be waiting for the coach to challenge something like that. This is still a shitty rule, but now it's seriously making the officiating worse, not better.

Anyway, not looking a gift horse in the mouth. Despite some continued problems, the Avs remain undefeated. Nice start to a very difficult (and really long) road trip.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:49 pm 
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If I had to pick a GDT title for tonight's tilt in Pittsburgh it'd probably be "Spray something, your Aston really Reese".

It's Pens/Avs, the winner gets absolute rule over Cole Harbour for a month.

Bednar shoving Nikita Zadorov into the press box for this one, despite a highlight-reel goal against the Caps on Monday. He's just one of those guys you can't treat with the kid gloves. I imagine this is definitely his final season in Colorado. He's a fan-favorite, and despite the move toward a faster, more skilled game, there's something to be said about a stay-at-home guy who bring the physicality and is at least fast enough to keep up with the opposition's top scorers. He'll probably command a decent paycheck next year, but not with the Avs.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:32 pm 
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"Spray something, your Aston really Reese".


:shock:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:53 pm 
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E.L. wrote:
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"Spray something, your Aston really Reese".


:shock:


Still not as bad as "Hot Carle."


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:52 am 
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Well...the 82-0 dream is dead. Avs are now 5-0-1. Shorthanded goal in OT given up. Ugh.

Oh well, both MacKinnon and Crosby exchanged nice-looking goals, though Sid's was just plain awesome.

Patric Hornqvist is a glorified goon. Can't stand that Swedish troll.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:10 pm 
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Well...the 82-0 dream is dead. Avs are now 5-0-1. Shorthanded goal in OT given up. Ugh.

Oh well, both MacKinnon and Crosby exchanged nice-looking goals, though Sid's was just plain awesome.

Patric Hornqvist is a glorified goon. Can't stand that Swedish troll.


2nd coming of Ulf.........yeah that Crosby goal was just awesome........well Pitt through some chippy play at them and they weathered the storm......Kadri missing a check into the bench was particularly amusing (he's still a turd). Ian Cole made his presence felt in attempting to replicate Hornqvist's hit and spending time in the box. Makar is going to be something else...

I told the old girl watch now that they are on NBCSN tonight they will lay a dud. She was just happy that after several years I have added the Avalanche to the Bud Red Light for her. Set the bar low Gents!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:41 pm 
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Yeah they tend not to do so hot in the big spotlight IIRC.

One thing's for sure--they will be or are already looking to try and snag a decent scoring winger for the 2nd line. The Tyson Jost experiment has already ended in failure. Not sure what they end up doing with him, but I don't even think he'll be much beyond a marginal 4th liner. Big time whiff on a 10th overall pick for a team that really couldn't afford one.


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