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Open Gameday Thread: Colorado Avalanche @ Anaheim Ducks

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Colorado Avalanche
@ Anaheim Ducks

Sunday, Jan 22, 2012, 5:00 PM PST
Honda Center


Radio: AM 830 KLAA

Your Enemy: Mile High Hockey

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The last time the Ducks saw Colorado the game was typical of everything that had been wrong with the Ducks since the end of October. The Avs scored early in the first extended and their lead with two in the second. The Ducks showed signs of life but it was too little, too late.

Since then the Ducks have gone 7-1-1; they've outscored their opposition 34-17 and they've been an absolute pleasure to watch. However, as a hockey fan and a blogger I am required to complain about something. There are two ways you can go with that right now.

You can be frustrated that they're ruining their chances at a lottery pick, but in my opinion it's still too early to write off a top pick. The Ducks are 27th in the league and behind all 15 teams in the East. Or, like me, you can refuse to believe that Jason Blake means this much to the team and wonder where all of this offensive firepower has been for the previous two months.

All season I've held the assertion that this team is not that bad, and now that I'm being proven right it's pissing me off because it means nothing at this point in a lost season. Then again, they probably aren't good enough to keep this pace up either.

This season has been completely dependent on the attitude of the team. For upwards of two months the team moped around and expected to lose after letting in a goal or two. Now they're dictating the pace of the game offensively. It's impossible to tell what will flip the switch back or when it might happen, but for now we can only hope it doesn't happen tonight.

[Ed. Note: Jiggy in goal again for the Avs tonight.]