Thursday, October 13, 2011

Giggy vs. Andy

That's the goaltending matchup tonight.  We will see the regular season Avalanche debut of Jean-Sebatien Giguere, who will give the impressive Semyon Varlamov a night off.  Giggy and the Avs will take on Craig Anderson, who just last year, was thought to be the Avs goalie of the future.  This storyline alone will make tonight's game a good one.  The Avs came off a hard-fought win in Boston on Monday and looked flat for much of the game last night before rookie Gabriel Landeskog tied things up with 41 seconds left and sent the game into overtime.  Varly stopped 2 out of 3 in the shootout and Hejduk and Duchene iced Steve Mason to give the Avs the two points.  Hopefully last night's dramatic come-from-behind win last night will not give the Avs some complacency, but rather fuel them for tonight's game.  Anderson, who had a falling out with the Avs last year, will certainly be hungry to beat his former squad. 

I'm hoping to see a bit of a change up with the forward lines as the Avs, despite having two wins in three games, still have only recorded three goals in as many games.  The offense is still looking for that spark.  Hopefully Landy's late goal will help to propel that.  Like I've mentioned before, I'd like to see Landy up with Stastny and Jones and Gali moved to O'Reilly and Winnik's line.  Incidentally, both guys I'm calling for to get moved up, were the goal-scorers last night.  Sure, they were both opportunistic goals, but Gali and Landy were in the right place at the right time, especially Landeskog, whose goal came from the puck simply hitting his skate.  These guys will get down low though and create chances.  Kobasew especially has not shown me that much thus far. 

Boston Bruins' Chris Clark, Left, Tries

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