The Colorado Avalanche were at home once again on Wednesday night and with the way they have played at home, you would think that they would come out with confidence. Well, not so much.
For the second-straight game the Avs were slow coming out of the gates, and this time they never recovered in a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. In the previous game Colorado fell behind 2-0 to the Dallas Stars but they were eventually able to tie the game up with two unanswered goals of their own. The Avs would go on to lose the game, but at least they were able to make it a contest.
However, that was not the case against the Ducks as they once again fell behind 2-0 in the first period, but this time they were unable to get anything going offensively. Unfortunately, that has been a main concern for the Avalanche recently, as their offense has been agonizingly inconsistent.
Their 5-on-5 offense has been decent, but not consistent enough to be very effective, whereas their power play offense is even more useless as it’s been non existent all season long. Through their first ten games this season, the Avalanche power play is second to last in the NHL, only scoring three goals on 32 chances at a 9.4% success rate. Meanwhile, their even-strength offense is averaging just 2.3 goals per game, which is good for just 22nd in the league.
So what’s their issue? The Avalanche have struggled to start games fast, only scoring a total of five goals in the opening frame of their ten games. On the other side of the spectrum, Colorado has given up 12 first period goals and it all adds up to playing from behind practically every game. When they play behind, they begin to force the action, and it takes them out of their offensive rhythm.
If the Avalanche can get going faster in their games, they will have better chances later on and it will lead to more wins, something they sorely need after their 4-6 start.