15 October 2007
Again I'll remind everyone that the sample size is small, and let's see how this plays out over the next month, but it's worth looking at. One thing that's worth noting is the difference between the Blues game and the Columbus game Friday and Saturday night.
I thought the biggest difference in their play between Friday and Saturday was in the net. Our favorite netminder (and by favorite I mean guy who I respect because he hasn't become a cancer, but still can't play goalie) Theo was typical Theo. Solid at times with lapses that cause him to scramble and try and make spectacular saves when he should have an easy one. Budaj, on the other hand, was spectacular on Sat night. He robbed Nash a couple times and made some nice plays. He got unlucky on the ol' puck off his D's ass, but got lucky when Nash pushed a puck wide on a spectacular move so the 1 goal against was probably about right.
And that's the difference between the two goalies right now. Budaj doesn't make the spectacular saves, because he doesn't have to. Theo is trying to make the spectacular save to recover from his own mistakes.
Other notes: I got the Blues announcer's on Friday night, and I have to say, I miss John Kelley doing Avs games. Maybe it's a little bit of nostalgia, but his voice screams Avs hockey to me. He's one of the best regional play-by-play announcers there is, getting excited at the right times, and for both teams. Obviously his focus is on the Blues now. His partner in crime, Bernie Federko, umm doesn't compliment him well, to be nice. There were a couple times where he was trying to make a point, and a good one at that, but he did not take the quickest path from point A to B (like I should criticize anyone for this). As a color guy your job is to make short, concise points about the game, and stay out of the play-by-play guys way especially in hockey where the action is continous. He would start making a good point, get ahead of himself and then lose all cohesiveness. A couple times I turned to Jibblewife and ask "what the hell is he talking about?". The answer was always "I have no idea".
The Avs are now 1-2 against the Central, maybe it's time I layoff the AHL central jokes huh?
Rick Nash is one fine player, and was all over the ice Saturday night. He looks to be back from his dismal season last season.
Quietly behind Sakic and Stastny's hat tricks, Milan Hejduk is having a great start to the season. He has 4 goals, 2 assists and was the Avs best player in both their losses.
You know Skratch was benched for 2 games, but honestly the Avs worst defenseman has been Kurt Sauer, IMO. He has looked lost a couple times, and why the hell was he leading a rush this weekend. Kurt Sauer should never be leading an Avs rush
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