Lappy - as much as I like him personally - needs to add more to this team again instead of just being “good in the room.” A team needs a little something on the ice too, like, I don’t know, maybe a goal now and then.Lappy had a goal, fight, and an assist in Colorado's 4-1 defeat over the Edmonton Oilers. Laperriere's "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" made him the story of the night, but had it not been for that, fans would be praising Peter Budaj's 25 save performance. Has he finally settled in to the starter's role? We'll find out tomorrow night when he faces the Sabres, a team that is just as hot as the Avs right now.
All Things Avs
My Bold Predictions
For the second straight game, Tyler Arnason made me look like an idiot. He only managed one shot on goal. At the same time, Scott Hannan didn't take a penalty unlike nine other players who all were in the box for hooking. If the NHL is looking to show their fans that they're cracking down, they only need to point them to this game. I was correct about a goal being scored in the first five minutes of the second and correctly predicted the number of fights.
David Jones missed the game with the Flu. Ben Guite was inserted back into the lineup. Guite played well and recorded two assists, and we may actually see him in the lineup Saturday. McCormick doesn't deserve to be benched, though.
The penalty kill let up another goal, but the power play scored as well thanks to Paul Stastny.
The biggest surprise this season? Try Cody McLeod. He scored another goal last night.
Three Stars of the Game
1. Ian Laperriere (As good as it gets for the 4th liner)
2. Darcy Tucker (With two assists, his playmaking has been impressive so far)
3. Peter Budaj (Finally a good game. Will it continue?)
All thirty teams will be in action as the Avs take on the undefeated Buffalo Sabres Saturday Night at 9:30 ET. I'll have more on this game tomorrow.