Man its been a wild last few weeks for sports, mostly hockey cause that is all I care about. If you told me in February I would be watching a five overtime game in August, let alone a week day 11:00AM game; I would tell you that you are nuts. But here we are. The play in round is over, eight teams went back home. Now we just have to wait for the Flyers Top Six to wake up and eliminate the 24th seed, and the Blues to leave the bubble physically cause they have not been there in spirit.
The real thing I want to talk about is this monster match up we are seeing in the second round starting tomorrow Saturday the 21st. If you have been reading my blogs since I started last summer its no surprise to you I am a huge Avalanche fanboy (spoiler, this is going to be extremely in favor of Mile High). The Avalanche finished the season second in the Central Division, and Western Conference, and third overall in the League. The Dallas Stars were third in the Central Division, fourth in the Western Conference, and tenth in the NHL. The Central Division was STACKED this year, every team in it made it into the Playoffs/ Play in round.
Most recently the Avalanche beat the Stars 4-0 in the play in round, giving Pavel Francouz his first NHL Playoff shutout. The Stars did win every single game they played against the Avalanche in the season that end like five years ago now. The Avalanche did work in the first round against The Yotes, only loosing one game after two close games, and absolutely destroying them in two games 14-2 in scoring. The Avalanche lost one game then scored two touchdowns in two games. I personally am not worried for the Avalanche here, The Stars really struggled with the Flames. They did put them away 7-3 yesterday to finish the series.
The Avalanche have a young core, made of mostly first round picks they drafted or traded for. The Avalanche Top Six was a little to quiet against the Coyotes but came alive in Game 4 and 5. With recent memories of a game seven Second Round exit last year at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, I think the Avalanche are going to come out hard over the Stars aging core. Don’t sleep on Miro Heiskanen though, man has 12 points in six games. I’m not worried about Jamie Benn, and Tyler Seguin, they have been a little to quiet, and Ben Bishop (one of my favorite goalies in the show) and his 4.04 GAA should have Stars Fans worried and Avs Fans excited.
Avs in six.