Avalanche Look To Ride Varlamov’s Hot Streak Into The Weekend

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The Colorado Avalanche enter this weekend with a 16-16-8 record. If there is one major deficiency on this team, it’s defense. They have been allowing 2.9 goals per game. While some blame could be pinned on goaltending, the defenseman have not been playing well.

During Tuesday night’s win against Chicago, goaltender Seymon Varlamov saved 54 shots on goal during the course of the game, en route to a 2-0 shut out. While there are other problems on this twelfth-ranked squad, they can’t expect to advance to the playoffs without improving in the defensive zone. The team plays two games at home this weekend, which are both winnable games against teams without premiere offensive talents. The average price for Avalanche tickets this weekend is $67.43.

01/08/15 | vs. Ottawa Senators | Average Price: $56.96 | Get-in Price: $11

The Senators roll into the Pepsi Center experiencing similar struggles to the ones that the Avs have faced this season. Their 16-15-8 record is obviously close to identical, and they have struggled to stop the puck from entering the net. They have been getting some nice production from their forwards such as Kyle Turris, who has 27 points this season. Regardless, they lack an elite player to put the puck in the net, which plays to Colorado’s strengths. The average price for Senators vs. Avalanche tickets is $56.96. You can get into the Pepsi center for as little as $11.00. This is the least expensive game of two this weekend.

01/10/15 vs. Dallas Stars | Average Price: $74.90 | Get-in Price: $21.00

The Dallas Stars come skating into the Pepsi center on Saturday night for the most expensive game of the weekend. Tickets are going for an average price of $74.90. The least someone is going to have to pay to see this game is $21.00. The Stars have been able to score with ease this season, as they have been averaging over 3 goals per game as a team. This is thanks to Tyler Seguin, who leads the NHL in goals with 26, and is second in the NHL in points with 47. Seguin leads this attack against the poor Avalanche defense, which could let Seguin have a field day if he is not covered well. Regardless, the Stars find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture, trying to get in. This game features two teams who need the points to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff hunt.

Michael Shackil

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