Can you believe it? March is right around the corner. How is it almost March?
I feel like I just took down my Christmas tree! Anyway, being in sports, when I think of March, I automatically think of “March Madness.” This time around however, I’m strictly thinking about hockey, not basketball.
It’s going to be absolutely crazy for the Avalanche this March. Take a look at the schedule and you’ll see why. Sixteen total games. Seven home games and nine games on the road in March. Plus, there’s not a lot of easy games on this schedule. As a matter of fact, this time of year, there are none! Two games against the Northwest’s Oilers, two against the Flames, two against those pesky Canucks, and two against the Wild. Seven total against Northwest Division teams.
It’s easy to see what I’m getting at here. Down the stretch, it is vital to win the majority of these divisional games. I think we can all agree that this is not ground breaking news, however the difference between Colorado making the post season and not making the post season will probably come down to their record within the division.
For whatever reason, the Avs have struggled immensely against their divisional opponents this season. When asked about the record, none of the players can really put their finger on it, but they all agree it has to turn around. Quickly.
Hold on to your hats everybody, because it’s going to be a wild ride in March.
Besides trying to figure out the Northwest, the Avs will host Pittsburgh and also have away games against the Rangers, Devils, and the Sharks. With just two games in April, the Avs season is going to come down to what happens next month.
Get ready folks. March Madness is coming!!!