Originally posted on All Things Avs  |  Last updated 10/27/11

DENVER - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche leads his team against the Edmonton Oilers during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on November 8, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Oilers defeated the Avalanche 5-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Going to keep this one brief, since I wasn’t actually in Calgary tonight to chronicle our fair haired lads. But a few things: - Joe Sacco’s coaching decisions were a bit odd tonight. Can I get an amen on that? First off, despite three full days of rest, he does not play his No. 1 goalie, Semyon Varlamov, instead going with J.S. Giguere. Nothing at all against the good and honorable J.S., but anytime you start the backup in a game like this, it automatically gives it kind of a used-car feel. So, is Sacco just saving his top guy for a home game Friday against…Edmonton? Really? Or, is something wrong with Varlamov? I have NOT been told that, but is it maybe a bit odd that Varlamov missed Monday’s practice, then sits tonight? Seems a little weird to me, but I’m just the cynical ink-stained old wretchety crank. Don’t mind me. - Let’s just stop calling Matt Duchene’s line the second line, I guess. I mean, look at the ice times of the lines in tonight’s game: Duchene, centering the “secon...
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