09 October 2011
Let's start with some positives...
- Varly was fantastic, and kept the Avs in the game after Detroit took full control of the game during the 2nd and 3rd. It's nice to have NHL caliber goaltending back in Denver.
- The Avs best skaters were Kobesew and Factor.
- I'm expecting really big things from Factor this season - his offensive game really started to take off late last season and he hasn't showed any signs of that slowing down.
- Kobasew showed me why he is playing on a line with Stastny and Jones. He's a smart, hardworking and responsible veteran forward who has more skill than people give him credit for. It's unlikely he maintains this level of play for an entire season - my wife and I couldn't recall him ever being as effective in a game with Minnesota last year, but right now, he's going.
- Really disappointing effort out of Erik Johnson. I know everyone is going to have an off night, but to have it opening night? We shouldn't be surprised, this is who EJ is and it's why St Louis was willing to let him go. He has far too many off nights. Unfortunately, it's going to be tough for the Avs to win when he is having one.
- I really don't like the Duchene / Mueller / Hejduk line. When these 3 are together, their game is all finesse.
- Mueller looks like he doesn't want to get hit and Hejduk just isn't going to play a gritty game. Duchene isn't the hugest of guys - he needs some size on his line. They need to be broken up, because you can't have your best player neutralized by his wingers.
- I wouldn't be shocked if Landeskog gets sent down after 9 games. He looked out of place far too often, including a horrific turnover at his own blue line that could have easily ended up in the back of his own net.
- It's nice to know that we can still #blamehunwick. (Thanks Jessica).
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