The Colorado Avalanche continue to impress at home after defeating the Dallas Stars Wednesday night at Pepsi Center. Nathan MacKinnon led the way with three assists.
The trick, of course, is to avoid diminishing returns. It's another litmus test of whether Erik Johnson -- the NHL's No. 1 overall draft choice in 2006 who came to Colorado from St. Louis in a February 2011 trade -- not only can play NHL elite defenseman minutes, but break through to that status night in and night out. Johnson doesn't play the game of false modesty when asked about that. He believes he's there.
If the Avalanche could improve their performance within their division, it's possible that they could find themselves in the playoff mix.
A year ago at this time, Mayor Michael Hancock wasn't asking aides to start planning the Stanley Cup parade, but the Avalanche at least was competitive and seemed capable of at least being in the hunt for a playoff spot most of the season -- and perhaps even sneak in.
The Colorado Avalanche continue their strong play at home on the shoulder's of their top line in a 6-2 beatdown of the Washington Capitals.
Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen is ready to get back to a normal NHL schedule after international travel and a lot of rest.
After trading Matt Duchene, the Avalanche need to strike gold in the draft in order to make the deal worthwhile.
Former voice of the Avs Norm Jones says maintaining home-ice advantage is crucial if Colorado is going to stay competitive.