Having the NHL lockout last season was not kind to the Colorado Avalanche. They finished with just under 40 points last year, but something tells me that drastic changes have been made over the off season.
The Avalanche are becoming quite the surprise this season as they have gotten off to a fast start, already nearing the point total they had all of last season. Granted that season was shortened by the lockout, but it is still a great accomplishment for the team. For the lockout season it was important to start strong, but the Avalanche failed to do that. They took that to heart this year and started strong with their 19-7-0 record. But with the new alignment by the NHL, can the Avalanche make the playoffs? In the early going it is a possibility.
Despite the huge loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Avalanche are in a good spot right now as the first wild card team and not too far away from the division lead. With former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere and former Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov between the pipes along with a young offensive group where most of the players are still in their 20s this squad has a lot going for them at this early point of the season. The only question is can they keep this up the rest of the way? They have a legitimate shot, especially with the team getting healthy, and could be in the running for the Central Division of the Western Conference.
Don’t sleep on the Colorado Avalanche. They are looking to storm their way to a big season and have what it takes to do so.