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Three straight losses to divisional opponents definitely stings considering how well the Avs had been playing. They have a three-point cushion in the wild-card spot, but it's going to be hard for them to feel terribly comfortable with that.
Heading into the break by winning five of their last six was huge for the surging Avalanche. Coming out of the break, they've got a pretty tough schedule, but start with four straight at home. This is a big stretch for them to try getting closer to the division's top three.
Semyon Varlamov standing on his head and the Avs battling for their lives late in games have really propelled this team. They have enough offense right now to make up for poor possession, but it's not something they should feel overly comfortable about just yet.
The resurgence of the Avalanche this season has been pretty remarkable. They've managed to climb from the basement of the Central to a wild-card spot in about six weeks' time. They're now seventh in the NHL with 2.79 goals per game and boast five players that have already eclipsed 30 points this season.
You never quite know what to expect from the Avs, but they're closing in on a playoff spot. They're even on points with the Preds, but it will be interesting to see if they can stay there. Amazing to think they were in last place in the West this time last month.
Here come the Avalanche. At 10-4-2 since Dec. 1, they're suddenly four points out of the last wild-card spot in the West. Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon have been excellent this season with 33 points apiece.
Colorado has snuck back into the playoff conversation in the West. They're still four points out of the last spot, but are 11-5-1 over their last 17. Nathan MacKinnon continues to impress with 33 points this season.
One of the more surprising teams of late, the Avs have won eight of their last 11 games. Semyon Varlamov is a big reason for their more recent success. He allowed two or fewer goals in eight straight starts before giving up a six-spot to Toronto.
The Avs are picking their play up a bit lately, but you still never quite know what you're going to get out of this club. Colorado is in the best stretch of its season right now, though, with five wins in their last eight games.
Patrick Roy has been asking for more from Semyon Varlamov and their starter absolutely needs to be better. Unlike their fellow basement dwellers, the Avs are actually scoring at a high clip, but they can't stop anybody.
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In recent years, it's been hard to put a finger on the Avs. Their first two games couldn't have been more different. They could be in for another roller coaster season.
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