One thing afforded to a bad team in a dismal season is the ability to evaluate prospects when the needs of the club call for it. As the Colorado Avalanche have experienced their fair share of injury, they have given the chance to shine to a few guys as the year winds down.
With blizzard conditions in Denver, the Colorado Avalanche came out in a flurry of activity against the Columbus Blue Jackets, attempting to play spoiler to the visiting team’s playoff hopes in a match at Pepsi Center.
Despite the admission from many Colorado Avalanche fans that fourth year Head Coach Joe Sacco is the problem with the 29th place team, USA Hockey seems to think differently of the man. The organization announced today that Sacco has been named Head Coach of the 2013 Men’s National Team that will compete in the World Championships this year.
When George Gwozdecky joined the University of Denver Pioneers in 1994, the team hadn’t cracked 20 wins in five seasons. While the organization was gaining momentum, it wasn’t far removed from back-to-back campaigns with just six and nine wins respectively. Over the course of the next 19 years, Gwozdecky managed to turn the Pioneers into a powerhouse school in the NCAA and a force to be reckoned with in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Colorado Avalanche responded to harsh words from veteran leader Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Monday night, going on the road to California and skating their way to a win against the second-seed Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday and a shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
In the battle for last place in the entire NHL, there can be only one worst team out of thirty. Such was the case at the Pepsi Center on Monday night as the Colorado Avalanche did battle with their own ghosts as well as the second worst team in the league, the visiting Calgary Flames.
Much like in every game of this playoff series to date, the Allen Americans came out and set the pace of the contest on Monday night, defeating the Denver Cutthroats 4-0 at the Denver Coliseum.