Bits and Links

Well, there isn't much Avs news as of yet.  So this will be a short one, I'm afraid. I'll keeping looking for some stuff throughout the day, if I find more, I'll edit the title. :)

 

The Vancouver Canucks have been struggling lately, as such the lines will be changed tonight.

Alex Burrows is also expected to move back to the top line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin

 

Another article about the woes that the Canucks are facing

 

One of the major reasons for the Vancouver Canucks' success last season, at least during the regular season, was the fact that each of the team's top-six forwards enjoyed a career year.

 

The daily John-Michael Liles love

Finally, playing up to the expectations that Joe Sacco put in place, Liles was named the NHL’s second star of the week. With two goals and five assists en route to four consecutive wins, he has helped the Avalanche move into first place in the Northwest division.

 

A look at the Avalanche standings compared to last year

The 2010-11 version of the Avalanche stacks up pretty well against the 2009-10 edition. A season ago, Colorado earned a postseason berth thanks in large part to its blazing 10-1-2 start, which included a 4-1-2 mark during an early October road swing. Although this year’s club didn’t jump out of the gates quite as quickly, it’s nearly right on pace with last year’s team in terms of its point total.

 

What if the season were to end today?  Which coaches would stand out?  You guessed it, Brian Compton, an NHL.com writer, has Joe Sacco as a finalist with the final nod going to Terry Murray (Kings).

 

Joe Sacco, Colorado Avalanche -- A finalist for the Jack Adams Award last season (his first as a head coach in the NHL), Sacco is once again doing a dynamite job in Colorado. Even without No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson, who missed nearly a month with a knee injury, Sacco's Avs marched on behind some solid play by backup Peter Budaj. With 25 percent of the 2010-11 season complete, the Avalanche are atop the Northwest Division at 12-7-1.

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