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Colorado Avalanche, New Jersey Devils Both Tough

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Both the New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche are teams that could give the other teams in their respective conferences quite a bit of difficulty as the season moves past the halfway point.

Both teams played each other with toughness in their outing at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and both teams have the ability to keep things interesting in both the Eastern and Western Conference. The Devils have players like Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias, Stephen Gionta, and a great goaltending duo in Martin Brodeur and Cory Schneider. The Devils’ faithful are entitled to plenty of optimism going into the second half of the NHL season. If they can jump out to a fast start when the Olympic Break ends, I have no doubt this team will be in the running for the playoffs.

You also have the Avalanche, who have been one of the league’s most surprising teams this season. Led by a young squad in Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and their outstanding goaltender Semyon Varlamov, this team has the ability to make things happen in the second half of the season. Then again, if your team was led by the Avalanche’s best goalie in franchise history in Patrick Roy as the head coach, there is plenty of reason to be excited if you are an Avalanche fan.

With both teams acquiring a point in the game tonight, there is plenty of reason for both fanbases to be excited as the season rolls along.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.