Last night's 2-0 loss was one of the most boring games of the 2010-11 season for the Colorado Avalanche. Not only were they shut out, but they were held to zero by freaking Jason LaBarbera, a guy with a 50-54 record in ten NHL seasons.
Good grief. The Coyotes are a trap team, no doubt about it - and anyone who watched last night should understand why the trap kills the game.
Anyway, the loss means that the sixth-seeded Avs are separated from the twelfth-seeded Blackhawks by just two points. And guess what?
There's a trap game on the horizon.
Before taking on Detroit and Chicago next week, the Avs must first play the lowly New York Islanders in a Saturday afternoon game.
The Islanders are currently ranked 29th in the league (only the Devils are lower) and are one of just four team to have not topped the 100 goal mark.
That said, check out New York's recent games:
On January 3rd, they topped the still-alive Calgary Flames by a score of 5-2.
Trap: The Flames had a big-time game against division rival Vancouver on the 5th
On December 31st, they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in OT.
Trap: The Red Wings were looking at a battle royale against the Flyers two days later
On December 29th, they took out the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a shootout, ending Sidney Crosby's 25-game point streak in the process.
Trap: The Pens, of course, played in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day
The Isles are taking advantage of superior teams by capitalizing on the fact that they're probably being looked past. Who can concentrate on the Islanders, a team riddled with injuries and mediocrity, when the Flyers or Canucks or Capitals loom large?
The Avs can't fall into this trap. These are the games that Colorado must win if they are going to be in the playoffs in April. Forget Phoenix. Don't even think about Detroit. The Avs need to re-focus and get the win.