Bednar seems to have his lines set up now, and he hasn’t been doing much line changing in games. Hopefully it clicks soon for the Avs so that they can roll four lines.
Furthermore, the Avs also need to have some consistency within the game, not just on a game-to-game basis. That means approaching every period with the same fire and attitude.
Consistency is what separates the good teams from the bad teams. The Avalanche have a 4-4 record through the first eight, which is by no means bad. However, if they want to find themselves among the ranks of the good teams then they need to string some wins together.
That starts tonight before the Colorado Avalanche head home for five out of their next six games.
A Win Against the Hawks Sets the Avs Straight Before Heading Home
The Colorado Avalanche have yet to play consecutive games on home ice. And, they will play the Minnesota Wild on Saturday after this Blackhawks game tonight before heading back out on the road for one game against the St. Louis Blues. Then, they will finally have a four game homestand.
So far, the Avalanche are 1-2 on home ice. A win tonight against the Hawks would send them home with a respectable 4-2 record on the road to start the season.
Tonight is certainly an important game for all the implications it has on the standings and an above or below .500 record. However, a win could also give the Avs momentum heading into an important stretch on home ice.
I know it’s early, but the early excuse only lasts so long, and it might be starting to run out of steam. The Avalanche will definitely want to put up a 6-4 record in their first ten games, and that starts tonight against the Hawks.
The Colorado Avalanche are facing three of the hottest teams in the NHL in the next three games. The will play the Hawks, Wild and Blues Thursday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Both the Hawks and Wild currently have a 6-3-1 record while the Blues have a 5-3-2 record. And those three teams are the three teams that make up the top of the Central Division.
This is an important stretch in Avalanche territory, and a win tonight is paramount to a successful start to the season.