That was the sound of every expectant Avs’ fan sighing at once. It was the sound of the tears of small Denver children freezing as they fell, and shattering as they hit the snowless (but cold) ground. That was the sound of every Avs writer tearing the page out of their notebooks labeled “Avalanche @ Blues: Feb. 1, 2011.”
The sound, in short, of the league postponing the Avs’ first game back after the All Star break. They have not yet set a date to play the game.
They did it for the safety of the fans and arena workers, which is perfectly acceptable and even admirable. Hey, I was rooting for a “it’s so cold our (aforementioned) children’s noses will freeze and break off so there’s no school” day here in Colorado. It would be just a bit hypocritical of me to not allow St. Louis the same luxury. And by luxury, I mean life-preserving safety precaution.
According to the Denver Post, the team’s travel arrangements are a bit up in the air (unlike their plane) due to the weather. Hopefully everyone in the city stays safe and the team can get back for the game Thursday night, as it would truly be embarrassing to physically not show up for a home game.
Bright side? Maybe Ryan O’Reilly really will be ready to go on Thursday for game 52. Er, 51. How does that work, exactly…?