Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Being Taken Lightly

In the October 26th Hockey News, over 80 NHL players were asked, "Who will finish last overall in the NHL this season?"

NY Islanders - 32.9%
Phoenix - 24.1%
Atlanta - 10.1%
Colorado - 10.1%
Tampa Bay - 6.3%

From John Grigg's article,
Of Colorado, one player who chose the Avalanche as his breakout team asked: "They have to bebetter than last year, right?"

Colorado's 8-1-2 start is as shocking to us as it is the NHL. Imagine having to game plan for Sakic, Forsberg, Hejduk, Tanguay, and Blake. Now try to imagine putting the same work into coming up with a plan to stop Stastny, Hejduk, Wolski, Duchene, and Quincey.

Every year, a team comes out of nowhere to make the playoffs. In 2009, it was the St. Louis Blues, who improved from 14th in the conference to 6th. 2008 saw the Bruins squeak in the postseason, improving from 76 points to 94.

Out of the 16 playoff teams in 2010, at least one of them will be a surprise. If teams continue to take the Avs lightly, Colorado may very well be the team everyone is talking about not just in October, but in April as well.

Of course, there's a lot of hockey to play, including tonight in Edmonton.

Go Avs

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