Monday, December 29, 2008

Why Tonight is the Biggest Game of the Season

I know, I say it all the time. In fact, everyone says it all the time.

"This is a huge game"
"This is a must-win"
"This is the biggest game of the season"

But I'm serious. Tonight, against Nashville, the Avs will play the biggest game of their season - at least until the next one.

After beating Detroit for the second time on Saturday Night, the Avs should be riding some serious momentum. Without arguably the two best players, Colorado defeated the defending champs 4-3 in a thrilling OT.

Ruslan Salei, Ryan Smyth, and John-Michael Liles got the goals, which all happen to come in the first period and on the powerplay.

Things went south when Detroit scored three unanswered in the second to tie the game at three, but in untypical Avalanche form, the teams played to a draw in the third.

That brought the game to a shootout where Wojtek Wolski and Peter Budaj did the rest. Bada bing, bada boom, Avs win.

That doesn't mean crap if they don't win tonight.

In all likelihood, Peter Budaj will get the start after making 41 saves in regulation, and if he suddenly lets in 5 tonight, no one will care how good he was against Detroit.

And sure, the Avs powerplay was an impressive 3-6. But if they go 0-7 tonight, we'll be calling for Granato's head in the morning.

True, Ruslan Salei scored a goal. But when he misses a check or a chance to score tonight, Avalanche fans will want a Salei-Skoula trade to take place. (Ok, we won't be that desperate)

Tonight is the biggest game of the season.

Until the next one.

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