Pre-Game: Colorado Avalanche Vs Minnesota Wild 4/6/17

Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild
AP Photo/Hannah Foslien

The Colorado Avalanche look to get a bit of revenge on the Minnesota wild tonight at Pepsi Center. It also is the Fan Appreciation night for the season. This night is always a special occasion and a pretty awesome time for anyone able to get to the game. Anyone who shows up to the game has a shot to win a jersey off the back of the players at the end of the game.

You could tell just how much Duchene appreciated the fans after the last game when he was the second star of the night and had the interview with Altitude’s Lauren Gardiner.

This has been a rough year for the fans, it has been an even more rough year for the players especially guys like Matt Duchene and Gabe Landeskog etc. who would do just about anything to have righted the ship earlier on and not had to make the team or the fan base go through something like this.

This team is going to be one of the better teams in the entire league in the next two seasons time with all the youth they have and are bringing in to develop and build around. I think that anyone who can get out to the can tonight to show the team that we are still behind them and that we appreciate how hard they are trying to work even though the seasons been done for a long time now should get out there. These guys are people too and it has been miserable for them as well going out each night on the ice and getting embarrassed or humiliated by lopsided scores.

Let’s all get out to this game and watch the team take down the Wild one last time this season. Last time out the team put up a season high 51 shots on net against the Blackhawks. The team is adding young players and the team is improving in many ways quickly. This next season we will see a very fun, fast and hungry team ready to put this season behind them and hopefully do what Coach Bednar helped the Blue Jackets to do and go from worst to one of the best a year later.

The Blue Jackets going from worst to one of the best a year later was not just a coincidence or accident. For 3 years Coach Bednar was working with and developing the young players who would go onto the Blue Jackets the last 3 years. He deserves a HUGE part of the credit for developing their young players and getting the young players ready for NHL action and getting them ready to play well once they get there.

The Avalanche are going to be in that same situation as he had in the AHL next year in some ways. They will all be very young and very hungry and eager to improve learn and develop at the NHL level. All of this leads to something great happening for Coach Bednar and the Avalanche. The team is slowly starting to show some very big signs the last 10 games or so as well. Things like not giving up when a game seemed over, they may not have got the win in many of these games but they are starting to work hard until the end no matter what. They are crashing the net and putting pucks on net and they are battling again. Something that we did not see much of for most of this season.

The team is slowly starting to show some very big signs the last 10 games or so as well. Things like not giving up when a game seemed over, they may not have got the win in many of these games but they are starting to work hard until the end no matter what. They are crashing the net and putting pucks on net and they are battling again. Something that we did not see much of for most of this season.

Anyways, enough about my rant here ill get off my high horse here and I’ll continue on with it in an article in the future lets get back to tonight’s game.

on the season the Avalanche has a 2-2 record against the Wild. This will be the final meeting between the two teams at Pepsi center this season. The Avalanche also have their final home game of the season tonight as well.

In the last game, the Avalanche scratched many veteran players such as Comeau, Wiercoich, Tyutin, and rookie Mikko Rantanen was a late last minute scratch decision. Not sure what the reason for that was but overall they were able to field a very young team and get along solid look at some of the young players that the organization needs to make some decisions on moving forward. What resulted was a game where the Avalanche went down 3-0 but somehow were able to turn it on and end up with 51 shots on goal and a 4-3 win in the end.

Players to watch tonight

All of the players under 24 years old as I have said the last few games, but also Matt Duchene is a player to watch as well. He has been working hard for most of the season. I know that many fans seem to think that Duchene is not working hard and “disappears” this season. I for one do not agree with this though. I feel like anytime I have watched him he is working hard and pushing and doing as much as he can but he is just not getting the points that we would expect from a player with his skill set. Last game out he didn’t do anything too different really as far as how he looked on the ice, what changed though was he got some points and you could see the look of relief/finally, that was on Duchene’s face as the numbers started to pile up a little in that game. He finished the game with 2 assists and a beautiful short-handed goal that was set up by a great pass by

I for one do not agree with this though. I feel like anytime I have watched him he is working hard and pushing and doing as much as he can but he is just not getting the points that we would expect from a player with his skill set. Last game out he didn’t do anything too different really as far as how he looked on the ice, what changed though was he got some points and you could see the look of relief/finally, that was on Duchene’s face as the numbers started to pile up a little in that game. He finished the game with 2 assists and a beautiful short-handed goal that was set up by a great pass by neito off the rush. Duchene hit the shot with the first touch and lasered it to the twine.

Something you might have missed

Matt Duchene moved up on the all-time scoring list for the franchise last game to 10th place all time by getting his 417th point. Kind of crazy to think that Duchene is still so young but it feels like he has been with us forever at this point.

Thoughts

As far as moving forward this offseason and next year I understand the need for veterans to help the young kids.. but here is a thought, why not go with a bit younger veterans like Landeskog and Duchene to lead the massive group of 20 ish-year-old players? Just a thought, to be a veteran doesn’t mean you need to be 33 years old like some of our recent UFA signings.. (will have some more thoughts in a future article about what I think the Avalanche could do, what they should do, and what they will do)

The game starts at 7:00 pm mountain time. If you can’t make it to the Pepsi Center tonight then be sure to tune in on Altitude or listen to it on altitude radio. I will say it again if you have not had the pleasure of listening to an Avalanche game called by Radio Mosier it is something that you need to do at some point in your life. Great radio call, great excitement, great guy.

Here are the game notes and game notes and lineups for tonight’s game

As all ways.. Lets Go Avalanche! Lets get one back on the rival Wild tonight and keep building on the positives going into the off season and next year!

 

 

Ryan

Ryan Crappa is the 29-year-old owner and manager of Puck Planet. He has been a very passionate hockey fan, and more specifically Colorado Avalanche fan going on 17 years now. There have been very few seasons that he has missed more than a couple of games in very dire situations. He has always had a passion for writing as well from a young age. Roughly three years ago when another opportunity was coming to an end he decided to take as many classes and courses as he could to begin to prepare himself to launch this project. Three years later here we are today. If you would like to hear more about Ryan Crappa, the website, or any of the amazingly passionate and talented writers that we have on staff feel free to contact him at RyanCrappa@PuckPlanet.com

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