The Colorado Avalanche are one of those teams that’s hard to figure out.
They have plenty of offensive talent on their roster, and going from Patrick Roy to Jared Bednar was supposed to help get the most out of their star players.
But through 23 games, that hasn’t been the case.
Going into Sunday’s action, they find themselves in the basement of the Western Conference with a 9-13-1 record.
It doesn’t help that they’ve had to deal with a number of injuries. They were dealt an even bigger blow on Saturday, when they announced that Erik Johnson (leg) would be out for six-to-eight weeks.
Gabriel Landeskog and Fedor Tyutin are also dealing with lower-body injuries.
“Injuries are no excuse, but it helps to have some of those guys in the lineup,” Bednar said, per the Denver Post. “You’re missing a pair on ‘D.’ I still can’t help but feel we have more to give. .. You still have to stick with it and work through it. That’s the only way you get out of it is to work out of it.”
Colorado had an opportunity to get things on track, but they finished their latest homestand with an 0-4-1 record. Yikes!
One of the biggest problems with this team is that they can’t seem to find the back of the net with any regularity.
No team has scored less times than the Avalanche, who are tied for last with a league-worst 49 goals for. They’ve also been shut out five times already in 2016-17.
Their power play was so bad against Dallas that Bednar decided to start the man-advantage with John Mitchell and Blake Comeau at one point.
“We were awful. I totally get why he did what he did,” forward Matt Duchene said after Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Dallas. “It’s frustrating. We’re just not executing right now. I think we’re overthinking things because we haven’t been winning.
“We’re not playing good hockey right now.”