As I entered my late teens, and listened to Jim Robson recount games between the Vancouver Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche, I wondered if they would ever be a bottom tier NHL team. During the Forsberg, Sakic, Roy, et al era, there were regular Canuck beatings at the Pepsi Center and GM Place. My, how time is the great equalizer.
In our continued attempt to ‘size up the competition’, it behooves us to examine another Northwest division foe, namely the up and coming youth movement known as the Colorado Avalanche. Also, the Carolina Hurricanes have turned their focus towards getting younger, and have some excellent players coming up through the ranks. Will they make the playoffs? After missing by a poultry 2 points last season, do they have the wherewithal to make it this season? Here is an excerpt from KP Kelly, writer for Cardiac Cane:
“Our day has come. Cardiac Cane writers provide their thoughts on the Carolina Hurricanes 2011-12 season. I think we covered it all, from leadership to netminders, to bridesmaids to Scarlet O’Hara. Enjoy!
Up first, the ever entertaining Sally M. Brown…
I’m a gut feel kinda gal so my predictions for 2011-2012 aren’t based on those fancy things like science, math, and history. I am also really superstitious so pretend I am typing this with my fingers crossed as to not upset any hockey gods. ESPN is warning of a sophomore slump for Jeff Skinner. I don’t buy it. I think he is going to break 30 goals this season. With the off-season training he has put in combined with a year’s experience under his skates, I think his game will get better. ESPN does not love hockey.”
To continue reading: http://cardiaccane.com/2011/09/05/around-the-nhl-in-30-days-the-day-of-hurricanes/
Although the dog days are over, it would be a mistake for anyone to take Colordo lightly. Tune in as Stephen Crociata of Mile High Sticking delivers the goods on what to expect from the Avalanche this season, including a number of important changes in personnel.
What Happened Last Year:
30-44-8 68 points
4th in Northwest
14th in West
Last season was the worst season in Avalanche franchise history, and that is not figuratively it is 100% literal. The Avalanche in 2010-11 posted the fewest total points in franchise history thanks in large part to a disgraceful second half of the season, which saw them win rarely during the final four months of the season. The Avs had no business not being the worst team in hockey last year, but they are lucky enough to not only be in the same conference as Edmonton they are in the same division as well. Allowing them to avoid last place in the NW. Yet despite the fact I have completely ripped my team a new one I wouldn’t change a thing about last season. Why? Gabriel Landeskog.”