Don't Blink but Colorado's Hot Start Has Them Thinking Playoffs

By kaplanssportstory
Oct. 21, 2016

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche have missed the postseason for the past two season. Their goal is to make it back to the playoffs this year and maybe make a deep run. They play in the Central Division, which is by far the toughest division in hockey. 

Former head coach Patrick Roy resigned in the off season. New head coach Jared Bednar took over the team in August. He was the coach who lead the Lake Erie Monsters to the Calder Cup Championship back in June.

The Avalanche have been playing a more up tempo game since he took over. They are off to a 3-1 start this season. They beat Dallas (6-5) , Pittsburgh (4-3 in OT) , and Tampa Bay (4-0), who all made the playoffs last season. This is a way to be recognized across the NHL. 

Nathan McKinnon has 1 goal and 4 assists so far this season. Matt Duchene has 2 goals and 1 assist so far this season. Role players like Joe Colborne and Gabriel Landeskog have also lit the lamp this season. 

It seems as if Semyon Varlamov has taken the role of being the number 1 goalie right now. He has to play solid in net in order for this team to be a serious contender for postseason contention.