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Colorado Avalanche Season Preview History

Colorado Avalanche Season Preview History

The Colorado Avalanche are looking to rekindle the flame that saw them bring fans two Stanley Cups and six Western Conference finals in the first ten years in Denver.  Recent history has seen them in the back of the Western Conference standings, but an active off-season and burgeoning youth movement shows that the Avalanche are ready to rumble in 2011.

This may be only the third year in the league for Matt Duchene, but the team will look to him for offensive guidance. His positive point trajectory has gone from 55 to 67 in 2010-11, so an 80-point outlook isn’t out of the question. Duchene will look to Paul Stastny, David Jones and Milan Hejduk to help him score thanks to their productive, 20-plus goal 2010-11 seasons.

Where the offense shouldn’t look for scoring is from their blue line compatriots. The main defensive point-scorer from last year, John-Michael Liles, in now in Toronto. The revamped line-up, including Jan Hedja, Erik Johnson (in Columbus and St. Louis last year, respectively) and a healthy Kyle Quincey are a wild card in all of this. If they can produce, then the Avalanche are looking to get back into the playoffs, and their winning ways.

Colorado Avalanche 2010-2011 NHL Preview:
The Colorado Avalanche managed to sneak into the playoffs last season, proving a lot of doubters wrong. Despite the success, a repeat performance may be hard to achieve, as the Avalanche come into the start of the regular season with a lot of questions that could make a trip to the post season difficult.

While the Colorado offense certainly has a great deal of potential, it is largely made up of unproven talent. The scoring attack will be anchored by veteran Milan Hejduk, and he is joined by a trio of youngsters in Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny and Ryan O'Reilly. Stastny led the team in points last season, with 20 goals and 59 assists. The Avalanche's leader in goals last year, Chris Stewart, is also back.

The defense has some holes, as the Avalanche do not have a solid go-to defensemen. Thirty-nine-year-old Adam Foote is a talented veteran, but he is aging. Colorado will likely turn instead to John-Michael Lile, and while he is talented, he remains unproven and sometimes inconsistent. There is a weakness in goal as well, as Craig Anderson is only a middle-of-the-road goalie at best.

Colorado Avalanche 2009-2010 NHL Preview:
The Colorado Avalanche look to rebound in the 2009-2010 NHL season. The Avs want to bounce back from what turned out to be the worst season since the team moved to Colorado. Colorado will have to do so with a new coaching staff and without their legendary captain, Joe Sakic, who retired before the start of the new season. The Avalanche will be led by new captain, Adam Foote and their newest player from the draft, Matt Duchene. Expect Colorado to turn some heads this season.

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