Every game the Avs have played at home the opposing goalie was of the bigger variety. Conklin is 6'1, Crawford is 6'2, Dubnyk 6'5 and Smith 6'4. This has been a problem and it has been frustrating watching shots barely missing. I reviewed the games and have noticed how the Avalanche have scored. A very common occurrence happened. Here is the break down.
Against Detroit- Conklin 6'1- 26 shots- 0 goals
Against Chicago- Crawford 6'2- 32 shots-1 goal- A shot from the point that was going wide far side. ROB got the deflection into open net.
Against Edmonton- Dubnyk 6'5- 41 shots- 1 goal- A pass through the crease to Radar, he buried shot into an open net.
Against Coyotes- Smith 6'4- 40 shots- 1 goal- A rebound that was gathered up by Radar, he moves puck through the crease and scores on slow moving Smith
Against Kings- Quick 6'1- 16 shots- 3 goals- A wrap around goal by Kobasew into an open net. A bad bounce that Quick gets caught behind the net, Hejduk takes advantage. A snipe shot by Duchene.
5 out of 6 goals were created when we made the goalie move. This is especially important when we are playing big goalies. When we make the other team play a game they dont want to play then we will have a higher success. Lets take a look at the the second Blackhawks game
1st goal- Stastny gets rebound and moves puck across the crease.
2nd goal- Jones moves puck behind the goal and throws puck out front. Get deflected in. Crawford was out of position and had a lot of open net
3rd goal- Landy breaks in from point into crease and receives a pass from Radar. Crawford moves and Landy had three large whole to put the puck in.
4th goal- was a break away chance for Landy. Crawford starts scrambling to get back in net and Landy snipes a goal
1st Shootout- Hejduk Snipes a shot and gets blocked
2nd Shootout- Duchene moves the puck and beats Crawford, but fails to lift the puck. Shot gets blocked.
3rd Shootout Attempt- Lindy moves puck through the crease and waits for Crawford to leave the crease. Scores.
5 of the 6 pucks that gets past Crawford are when Crawford is moving. If we can start moving the Goalie then he will start to sit a bit further back in the goal. That is when the sniping will start to work. I am all about getting the shots on goal. However, I would like to see a variety of shots and allow the goalie to move in order to make a save. It will be interesting to see how the Avs takes on 6'4 Lehtonen.