Just like the rest of the Colorado professional sports teams the Avalanche are a completely different team at home than they are on the road. It’s hard to gauge what exactly is holding back Colorado teams from performing well on the road but it seems like every team has their own problems away from the friendly confines of the Rocky Mountains.
The Avalanche are representative of this anomaly and they proved their home mettle once again on Saturday by beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. This win comes less than a week after Colorado was dominated in Edmonton 4-1, their second loss during a 1-3 road trip. Saturday’s game was exactly the opposite from Monday’s contest as the Av’s shut down the Oilers power play and received solid goal-tending from Semyon Varlamov.
With the win the Avalanche remain undefeated at home (3-0) and they have yet to give up a power play goal at home, something that has been a major weakness on the road. At home the Avalanche have shut down the opposing team’s power play, not allowing a single goal in 15 chances. However, on the road it’s been exactly the opposite as Colorado has allowed ten power play goals on 27 power play opportunities.
Every team plays better at home but Colorado seems to only play well at home. In their three home games the Avalanche have outscored their opponents 10-2 and play with a level of energy that seems to be non-existent on the road. Home has been a safe have but injuries have been been an issue through their first eight games. Captain Gabriel Landeskog was placed on the IR with a head injury, Steve Downie went down with a torn ACL and just today Ryan Wilson left the game with a leg injury and did not return.
Colorado has overcome those injuries, at least at home, and if they could somehow bottle that home cooking and take it on the road the Av’s can be a playoff team. However, that is easier said than done, especially for a Colorado sports team.