The Colorado Avalanche have now done something that has never been done in the history of the franchise. Sadly, it isn't something that any of them will be bragging about when they get dressed and leave the arena in Nashville tonight. For the first time in franchise history, the Avs have lost seven straight games in regulation.
This team just has so many issues now that it is hard to believe. Yes, this is a young team, but all of these mistakes are ones that you probably would have expected to come to this really young team last season. Last season, not only did they seem to always have some type of control over their play, but they made the playoffs. This year, it looks like a team that has a bunch of 18-year-olds playing.
The latest issue that is rearing its head for the Avalanche is their inability to hold on to any momentum, and it was more obvious than ever in tonight's loss to Nashville.
After the Avs were totally dominated in the first five minutes of the game, they managed to even the play out a bit and got a goal by Kevin Porter to take a 1-0 lead. This was a huge momentum grabber for the Avs. They played the previous night, survived the early onslaught, and grabbed a lead. For previous Avalanche teams, this was almost a sign of the Avs about to pour things on. Then, eleven seconds later, Nashville tied the game up.
Colorado had a great shift from Stastny, Hejduk and Forsberg that ended up with the Avs drawing a penalty. They had spent about a minute and a half on the attack, and then produced a pathetic power play that didn't generate a shot and never got set up. Momentum totally gone. Other shifts were followed up with bad penalties that put Nashville on the power play.
Then, in the third, a huge moment for the Avs. Matt Duchene scored the go-ahead goal on a great shot. Then, a minute later, the Avs allow the Preds to score the tying goal on a very weak play. It's as if this team doesn't know what to do when they get the momentum.
This is a clear sign of a team that has a lot of maturing to do. This is a team that is definitely playing like an immature team. Strange how they didn't show that last year, and for much of the first half of this year, but it is loud and clear how much maturity this team lacks.
If this play continues, it doesn't look too good for the Avs. I don't foresee a lot of movement by the Avs either way at the trade deadline, as they are definitely expecting to build from within. This particular issue of immaturity is one that will only be solved by time. Remember, this is the youngest team in the NHL, they need the time to mature.