It's panic time for the Avalanche.
Well, maybe not panic time, but it's time to get serious. After losing to the Rangers Friday night at home, the Avs now sit in last place in the Western conference and in line for a lottery pick if the trends continue. After remarking how they needed to have a stronger start all last year, the Avs have done quite the opposite. A month into the season, the Avs are still without consecutive victories and they are 1-6-1 in one goals games (1-7-1 if you take away the empty net goal in Arizona). The Avs are not getting blown out by the rest of the league by any measure, but they are unable to take control of close games and get over the mistakes they are making. With a younger team, the blame would be placed on a lack of focus, but watching the Avalanche of late, the problems seem to involve a lack of a system just as much as they have to do with lack of focus. We'll see if the Avs can get organized and focused on the road where they will play the next seven games and where they have played some of their better hockey.
The longest trip of the year for the Avalanche begins in Philadelphia Tuesday night. Sitting in sixth place in the Metropolitan division and three points out of a playoff spot, the Flyers are looking to avoid missing the playoffs for the second straight year. While defense was their downfall last year, the Flyers lack of success has fallen upon their offense and their Eastern Conference worse goals for. After having two players among the NHL's top ten scorers last year, the Flyers have yet to have a player break double digits in points. The Flyers will look to get their offense back on track against Reto Berra, who will play his second straight game in net Tuesday.
Scratches: Martinsen, Guenin, Tanguay (injured).
- With Zadorov being sent down to the minors and Tanguay being hurt, Norwegian born Andreas Martinsen gets his first crack at the NHL.
- After finishing fourth in NHL scoring last season, Jakub Voracek is without a goal through 14 games this season.
Game Time: 5pm MT
TV: ALT, SNE