Both teams have lost their last two, but both appear to be going in opposite directions.
The Flyers enter tonight's game 7-3-0 in their last ten while the Avalanche have sputtered over a 3-6-1 stretch.
Paul Stastny needs to score. Luckily, tonight's game is in The Can. Stastny has 16 assists on the season for 20 points, but he can't buy a goal on the road. As the top center, he needs to start producing at a more consistent base.
Speaking of consistency, the names Wojtek Wolski and Marek Svatos come to mind. Wolski's name is either called consistently throughout a game or not at all. Svatos, on the otherhand, is invisible on more nights than not. 5 goals and a -11 for a "sniper?" No thanks.
Have the wheels come off on this team? It seems like it, doesn't it? Still, the Avs have had third period leads in the past few games and should have at least come away with a point. It's not as though they've been outplayed over the full 60 minutes, only the last 20 or so.
Tonight, against the high-powered Flyers, a great start will be key to a victory. But once this team gets the lead, Joe Sacco must remind his troops to keep digging, keep pushing, keep going for goals.
Similar to the prevent defense in football, sitting back in hockey never leads to positive results.
Aggression, aggression, aggression.