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‘Tough luck’ Avs host Stars tonight

Dec 16, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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The surprising Colorado Avalanche haven’t quite come back to Earth like many predicted they would, but a 2-3-1 start to the month of December — which started with an 8-2 loss in Edmonton — adds a bit of urgency to tonight’s home game versus Dallas.

On Saturday, the Avs dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to Minnesota. According to forward Matt Duchene, it was a game that could’ve ended differently.

“I don’t think we played bad hockey,” Duchene said. “I thought we played a heck of a hockey game. We’re having tough luck right now. We made a lot of good plays, and the one that goes in for us hits a skate and goes in. I thought maybe the bounces were going to go our way.”

Here’s how the standings look in the Western Conference:

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So this is a big game as well for the Stars, who will likely have to hunt down one of Colorado, Vancouver, or Minnesota for a playoff spot, plus leapfrog Phoenix.

The Stars and Avs play again tomorrow in Dallas.

  1. hosewater2 - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Tough luck or regression to the mean?

    • soro17 - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Regression without a doubt.This is pretty much the same team as last year – terrible back-end, below average goaltending and soft up front. They won’t make the playoffs. Shut down Duchesne and they quickly run out of ideas.

  2. sampulls - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Soro…..
    You realize what a moron you sound like right?

    • soro17 - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Have you watched them? Here is their D:
      - Andre Benoit, Jan Hejda, Erik Johnson, Corey Sarich, Nate Guenin, Tyson Barrie and Ryan Wilson.

      These guys are the epitome of never-has-been and never-will-be. Hard work will only take you so far and the Avs recent record reflects this.

      Goaltending? Varlamov. Distracting legal troubles aside, he doesn’t exactly have stellar track record.

      Forwards? As I stated, take Duchene out of there and they aren’t scaring anyone. Duchene is now well below 1 PPG.

      The Patrick Roy effect has worn off and these guys will slowly filter back to the bottom. There is a reason they were at the bottom of the standings last year.

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