Both the Phoenix Coyotes and the Colorado Avalanche are coming off of some rough losses in their last contests. The Coyotes (9-5-0) were taken out in a sloppy game against the Kings in which there was no rhythm or flow in the game at all and Jason LaBarbera was playing for some reason. Oh. Right. It was so Ilya Bryzgalov could start tonight's game. We'll need him to do well since our goals will likely be few and far between against Craig Anderson. The Avs are also coming off a shutout loss to the Vancouver Canucks. It wasn't even to Roberto Luongo, but to Andrew Raycroft. That's demoralizing. Anyhow...
Five for Winning:
Put a couple behind Anderson: Seems Obvious, but not a lot of teams have gotten to the netminder so far this season. Time to start camping out in front and trying to get deflections. Whatever works.
Mind the Passing: Last game against the Kings wasn't all that great on the puck posession end for either team. We need to get control over our turnovers. It was maddening to see every pass go wrong on Monday, tonight has to be better.
Who to Watch out for: Wojtek Wolski, Paul Stasney, Milan Hejduk and Ryan O'Reilly account for 40% of the Avs' point total. Wolski is the Goals leader with 8 and Stasney and O'Reilly both have 9 assists
Bryz needs to be in Top Form tonight: As noted earlier, Craig Anderson has been a tough nut to crack this year so what few goals we do get need to be protected. THat means Bryz can't let in any soft ones tonight.
Will Mueller be back?: Peter Mueller was scratched from the lineup against the Kings again and Mikkel Boedker was called up from San Antonio. Not sure what the deal with Mueller is, but He's looked lost so far this season and needs to get working hard if he wants a place on this team. How he performs will determine his paycheck as he's an RFA at the end of the season.
Sorry for the lateness, but...