Youth is great in the case of the Avs
It took only a couple of years for the Avs to rebuild with youth and create a team that can compete again in the tough Western Conference. Thanks to players like Matt Duchene and Chris Stewart, the Avs are an extremely competitive team as well as one of the youngest teams in the league. It is their youth, speed, and determination that has made them into a very tough opponent. Stewart was just named the third star for the month of October with 16 points in only 11 games. This is the same Stewart that just a few years ago was in the same sentence as lazy. Stewart has definitely proved this statement wrong with being one of the leading scorers in this early season.
Although the Avs new youth revolution isn't just coming from those two, players like T.J. Galiardi and Ryan O'Reilly that also contribute points to the team. With an average age of 24.6, this team will be competitive for seasons to come.
Avalanche vs. Canucks
Avalanche Record 6-4-1
Canuck Record 6-3-2
The Avalanche play the Canucks at Pepsi Center in a battle for the first place in the Northwest Division. Vancouver is coming off a 4-3 win on Tuesday against the Oliers, while the Avs are coming off a big 5-1 win against Columbus on Saturday. Both teams have looked strong with some believing that Vancouver could be the best team in the Western Conference. Chris Stewart looks to extend an 8 game point streak for the Avalanche.
In relief of an injured Anderson, Peter Budaj has played to a record of 3-0-1 with a G.A.A of 3.43. Roberto Luongo has a record of 4-3-2 with a G.A.A. of 2.61. Luongo has had some of his best and some of his worst games against the Avs so this match up will be key for either team to win.