Mar 10, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Members of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate after the game agains the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks will square off against the Colorado Avalanche for the fifth time this season. The series currently favors the Avalanche three games to one. The Blackhawks have a one point lead in the Division and Conference standing over the Avalanche. While the Blackhawks slated to play the Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs, the game on Wednesday is a must. However the Blackhawks need to win to stifle the Avalanche’s confidence.
The Avalanche is a dangerous team for the Blackhawks to play against. Here are three reasons Blackhawks should be scared of the Avalanche.
- They are confident: Colorado has defeated the Blackhawks, 5-1, 3-2, and 4-2 this season. The Blackhawks lone victory was a 7-2 beat down at the United Center. In each of the Avalanche Victories, they scored first. The Blackhawks on the season are impressive 29-8-3 when scoring first. The Avalanche knows the formula to beating the Blackhawks, score first.
- They stymie the Blackhawks: The Blackhawks have scored the most goals in the NHL this season with 223; however, they cannot solve Semyon Varlamov. The Blackhawks scored 12 goals in the four previous games against Colorado. The average comes out to three goals per game, but if you take out the seven goal outburst in their lone victory over the Avalanche. In their three losses the Blackhawks only averaged 1.667 goals per game. In addition to struggling to score on Semyon Varlmov, the Blackhawks have issues scoring on Reto Berra. Berra had allowed nine goals in three games.
- They have team speed: This is hard to quality with numbers, but if anyone has watched a Blackhawks Avalanche game you know that Blackhawks cannot out-skate the Avalanche. The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings, Kings, and Bruins in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs by using their team speed to their advantage. This has caused problems for the Blackhawks and resulted in three losses.
Those are the reasons Blackhawks fans should fear the Avalanche. They will be the first team standing in the way of the Blackhawks attempt to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions.
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