We hear the teams out west are pretty good this year.
Did you make it all the way down here? Does it make any sense the only Western Conference team we ever talk about is the Oilers?
Perhaps we are trying to make our Eastern Conference-selves feel better about topping out at #6 in the League – with a team that just lost a guy who figured in 35% of their offense last season. (Tears for Stamkos.) Looks like we’d better start paying more attention to after-hours hockey.
So, what do teams that never lose do when they’re not winning?
Winning Teams – They’re Just Like Us: Colorado Avalanche Edition
At the end of last season the Avalanche were the second worst (16-25-7, 39 points) team in the NHL. Now things are topsy-turvy in Denver where the Avs, under new head coach Patrick Roy, are the second-best team in hockey.
We love nothing more than a dramatic makeover.
While the Avalanche blossom thanks to strict care and grooming, they continue to be the same dorky, genuine team on the inside.
They photo bomb.
They share shirts.
They get hurt and make me sad. [story]
They take pictures of their toilet paper… wait, what?
They have impossibly attractive Swedish friends.
Do these guys even play hockey? Nope, don’t care. Hockey is no longer a requirement for this blog.
They start shopping at the very top of your Christmas list.
They have choreographed dance sequences-slash-celebrations.
Oh, and they score goals. Fast, nifty, foxy ones.
There is, of course, the issue of Semyon Varlamov’s arrest on allegations of domestic violence. He was released and the Avs put him right back to work. While innocent until proven guilty, this isn’t really a judgement call for the Avs. Varly is their top goalie and has played 12 of 14 games this season, the final $3 million year of his contract. No word yet if he will be formally charged with the crime and face a trial. Until then, we are doing our best not to judge (out loud).
Presumably with Varlamov in net, the Avs face two other top teams this week: St. Louis on Thursday and Chicago on Tuesday. Either would be a great match-up to catch, but aim for the Blues – it starts at 8 PM. Even I can stay up for that.
We promise to get to other Western Conference teams soon. If you follow one and want to save me time on the Google, send any great pics, videos and Twitter chirping my way!Tags: colorado avalanche, Gabriel Landeskog, matt duchene, Patrick Roy, paul stasny, Ryan O'Reilly