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The Colorado Avalanche won their first playoff series in over a decade last year, and Colorado is out to build off that success this season. The Avalanche significantly improved this offseason, signing Andre Burakovsky and Joonas Donskoi, and the addition of Nazem Kadri is huge. Colorado now has two lines that can threaten opponents, taking some pressure off the Avalanche first line. As long as head coach Jared Bednar can piece together a decent defense, Colorado is a significant threat to win the Western Conference this season.
Colorado Avalanche at a Glance
Stanley Cup Odds: +835
Western Conference Odds: +345
The Avalanche first line did yeoman’s work last season. Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Gabriel Landeskog were one of the best first lines in the NHL, and that trio led Colorado into the postseason. MacKinnon has a bright future and nearly surpassed 99 points last year, while Rantanen and Landeskog finished with 87 and 75 points.
Colorado pulled off the second-biggest upset of the opening round of the playoffs, knocking off the top team in the Western Conference in five games. The Avalanche lost the first game against the Calgary Flames 4-0, but then they won the next four to stun the Flames. They took the San Jose Sharks to seven games in the Western Conference Finals, but home ice proved decisive as the teams alternated wins throughout the series, leading to Colorado bowing out of the postseason.
Colorado Avalanche NHL Playoffs
Some observers believed that the Avalanche were a year away heading into this season, but this team has proved that they are ready to compete now. Colorado had the second-best record in the Western Conference during the regular season, finishing two points behind St. Louis, but the Avalanche had played one less game than the Blues and could have secured the No. 1 overall seed.
Instead, Colorado will play a round-robin with Dallas, St. Louis, and Vegas to determine the top four seeds in the Western Conference. The Avalanche will play on August 2, 5, and 8, giving them a couple days off between each game.
This team is led by Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon. MacKinnon has been superb for the Avalanche this season, lapping his teammates when it comes to production. He has nearly double the number of points of his teammates since Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen both missed a significant number of games with injuries. MacKinnon lit the lamp 35 times and provided 58 helpers, tallying 14 more goals and 20 more assists than any of his teammates.
Rookie Cale Makar was seen as a consolation prize in the Jack Hughes/Kaapo Kakko sweepstakes, but he might be the favorite to claim the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. The defenseman has provided a spark on the offensive end, immediately becoming Colorado’s best distributor along the blue line. It’s rare to see a rookie on a great team be trusted so thoroughly, but he has become a mainstay on the power play with 15 helpers on the man advantage.
Defenseman Ryan Graves led the NHL with a plus/minus of +40 this season, and the goalies have been solid too. Philipp Grubauer posted an 18-12-4 record with a 2.63 GAA and a .916 save percentage, and Pavel Francouz was 21-7-4 with a 2.41 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Last Five Seasons
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Colorado Avalanche History
The Avalanche were born in the World Hockey Association as the Quebec Nordiques. This franchise didn’t have much success in Quebec, but before they moved to Colorado they made the trade that set the Colorado Avalanche up for more than a decade of success. Quebec selected Eric Lindros with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1991 NHL Draft, and then dealt him to Philadelphia for a king’s ransom after Lindros refused to sign with the team.
In return for Lindros, the Nordiques received Mike Ricci, Steve Duchesne, Ron Hextall, Kerry Huffman, Chris Simon, Peter Forsberg, and multiple draft picks. That nucleus teamed up with Owen Nolan and Joe Sakic to make the franchise an immediate contender when they moved to Denver in 1995. They won the Stanley Cup in their first year as the Colorado Avalanche, and they won another in 2001, establishing a legacy in the Mile High City.
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