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Can we talk about how bad the Avs were last night?

Erik Johnson Charie Coyle, Reto Berra

Colorado Avalanche’s Erik Johnson, center, defends as Minnesota Wild’s Charlie Coyle, right, attempts to shoot on goalie Reto Berra of Switzerland in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won 5-0. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Let’s just do this in bullet-point form...

--- The Avs lost 5-0 to the Wild last night in Minnesota. They were outshot 48-16. This is what the game looked like in Corsi chart form:


--- If you’re not familiar with Corsi charts, this is what a competitive game looks like:


--- The Avs were so bad that their supposed rivals, the Wild, almost sounded sorry for them in their post-game comments.

“We caught Colorado on an off night. Let’s be honest: They’re a much better team than that,” Zach Parise said.

--- The Avs were so bad that easily their best player on the night, goalie Semyon Varlamov, gave up five goals in two periods.

--- But every team has the odd bad night, you say? Yep, you’re right. But for the following very large reasons, the Avs should not have been lacking motivation:

1. They were playing the Wild, the team that eliminated them in the playoffs.
2. Matt Cooke was on the ice. He did this to a teammate of theirs.
3. Practically the entire analytics community had been predicting that Colorado would regress this season. Seriously, the Avs could have papered their entire dressing room in bulletin-board material.
4. It was, you know, the first game of the season. Maybe show up for it?

--- All four of these Minnesota goals happened in one period:

--- Meanwhile, counting the preseason, the Avs have scored just 10 times in their last nine games.

The good news? They get a shot at redemption tomorrow in Denver against the same Wild team.

One would think they’d be motivated.