Are Colorado Avalanche the Surprise Team of Young NHL Season?

By Greg Higgins
Patrick Roy
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The Colorado Avalanche suffered their first defeat of the season Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings. Saturday, though, the Avs got back to the winning ways as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. Colorado is now 7-1 on the young NHL season and they don’t look to be letting up anytime soon.

Patrick Roy has his team believing in themselves and his fiery antics have his team playing at a high level. It isn’t necessarily the number of wins that is impressive as much as who Colorado has beaten. The Avs handed the Anaheim Ducks their only loss of the season in Game 1. They have also beaten the Washington CapitalsBoston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. All of these teams are legitimate playoff teams.

To further put things into perspective, Colorado currently sits tied with Pittsburgh Penguins for the second best record in all of the NHL with 14 points. Those 14 points are already a third more than they accumulated all last season when the finished second to last in the entire league with 39 points in 48 games.

Roy knows a thing or two about winning. As a goaltender, there was a time when nobody played the position better. Roy has won numerous awards, including the Conn Smythe three times. He is also a four-time winner of the Stanley Cup. I’m not sure how far this team will go but, for right now, the Avs are playing at a high level and look ready to compete with anyone in the league. The season is young, but this could be a fun team to keep an eye on.

Greg Higgins is an NHL contributor for Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.


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