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Colorado Avalanche: Offense Returns To Help End Losing Streak

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After starting the season by winning 12 of their first 13 games, the Colorado Avalanche found themselves on top of the world. Losing four of their last six games had brought them back to earth a little, but they bounced back in a big way by getting a 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. After scoring only five goals in their previous three games, the Avalanche offense came alive against Chicago as Paul Stastny, Gabriel Landeskog, John Mitchell, P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod found the back of the net. Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves to shake a personal three-game losing streak, and he should have his full confidence back after a strong performance against the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

The Avalanche had struggled against the lowly Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes and were flat out embarrassed by the St. Louis Blues in the last week, but now look to have things back on track at both ends of the ice. That’s good news since they play six of their next eight games on the road, and it’s an even better sign that first-year head coach Patrick Roy survived the first round of setbacks of his coaching career in Denver. Colorado now has six players with 12 or more points on the season, and every player with more than one game played this season has two points or more. That kind of offensive depth should continue to serve them well, and is a big part of why they rank fifth in the league in goals per game. Combine that with a goals against that is third in the league, and it’s easy to see why this team is a legitimate playoff contender, even if they have a few short stumbles this season.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL featured columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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