The situation got a little more bleak for the Avalanche last night, who fell 1-0 to the Canucks, wrapping up a dismal season series with Vancouver in which the Avs went 0-5-1. I must say, last night’s game rests solely on one man’s shoulders: Cory Schneider. Vancouver’s backup goalie made 43 saves, some of which were very impressive, moving his record since Christmas to 11-1-1. Some backup, huh? If you follow Vancouver much, you’d know that there’s a debate amongst their fans about who should be the starter. While Roberto Luongo is incredibly talented, he tends to be like the San Diego Chargers and fall apart after winning the division (playoff time). We’ll see if that holds true this year.
Chris Higgins didn’t help, adding his 3rd goal against the Avalanche in their last 2 meetings. It was a shorthanded goal that came late in the first period. Unlike the dismal performance we saw against San Jose Monday night, the Avs played incredibly well last night, dominating the 1-on-1 battles, and consistently controlling the puck in their offensive zone. In the end, it just wasn’t meant to be. Win or lose against Calgary on Friday, the Avalanche will most likely be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs during their upcoming 5 day break which extends into next week, and so will the Flames. I’m predicting that between the 3, 7, and 8 seeds, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Jose will make the final cut. Phoenix could sneak into the 8 spot, but the Avalanche and Flames are done.