The Avalanche have been bad this season from the get-go, there is no denying that. However, they’ve turned in a dumpster fire of epic proportions lately. With another string of losses in a row, this time four in a row, the once promising Avalanche boast a record of 13-29-1. On top of the four-game losing streak, the Avalanche have gone 1-9 in their last ten games, as they look like a team who have just given up on the season. Gerard Gallant is out there without a job, perhaps the Avs should start taking a look at him? The former Panthers’ head coach was fired from out of nowhere, leaving his next work destination a mystery. The Islanders are coach-less in a sense right now, and have been given the right to talk to Gallant. I haven’t heard much about the Avs jumping into the foray, but I can say that the Jared Bednar project isn’t working out in Colorado.
It wasn’t exactly an ideal situation for anybody. As I’ve said before, Bednar had no time to prepare for this job. He was thrown into the fire after Patrick Roy quit out of the blue. Everybody in the organization was caught off guard, including management, players, and even Bednar who got a call as he was preparing for another successful season in the AHL. He must have been elated to get the call up to the big leagues, but probably didn’t think it was going to come so soon.
I think this is why Bednar is getting somewhat of a free pass. If he had a full season already with this season, he would not be getting many second chances. However, they may see how things play out with him next season, undoubtedly, on a short leash. It isn’t all his fault, management can blame themselves for saying goodbye to Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly. They wanted Tyson Barrie and they have him, all of his 3 goals and -23 +- rating. That is what you call not the best ROI. There just doesn’t seem to be much energy or confidence going around in the locker room, and that includes Barrie. The Avalanche have a date with the ever so dangerous San Jose Sharks in California on Saturday night.
It’s such a shame for the Avalanche, who looked like they had a team destined to be a threat for some time to come. It slowly started to unravel and it hit it’s apex following Patrick Roy stepping down. The Avs are dead last this season and are at the back in major statistical categories as well. They’re allowing 3.35 goals per game, last, and are scoring 2.02 goals a game, last again. In most cases with bad teams there is at least one thing that is going decently, but no not with the Avs, as they are getting blasted away on all accounts.
In the Avalanche last ten games, they’ve allowed 3.9 goals per game while scoring just 2. Those are the sort of numbers that result in just 1 win in ten attempts. Conversely, the Sharks have scored 3 goals per game and allowed 2.80 during that same stretch. They are on a nice three-game winning streak with wins over the Lightning, Kings, and Jets. The Sharks have also been great in the Shark Tank this season, a change up from last year’s poor play at home. They enter with a record of 16-6-1 in San Jose. I foresee an easy win for San Jose tonight. Note that the Avs only win in their last ten outings came against the lowly Isles who just fired their coach. It’s easy to see a 4-1 final tonight in favor of the Sharks.
PICK: SHARKS -1.5 (-110)