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Central Preview: Colorado Avalanche

A closer look at the Central Division competition for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Wednesday, 28.08.2013 / 4:16 PM / News Articles
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Central Division at a Glance: Colorado Avalanche

2012-13 record: 16-25-7

39 points

GF: 116 GA: 152

2011-12 record: 41-35-6

88 points

GF: 208 GA: 220


2013-14 games vs. Jets

Sunday, October 27th @ Colorado 7 pm
Thursday, December 12th vs. Winnipeg 7 pm

Sunday, December 29th @ Colorado 7 pm
Monday, March 10th @ Colorado 8 pm
Wednesday, March 19th vs. Winnipeg 7 pm

Top Forwards: Paul Stastny, PA Parenteau, Alex Tanguay, Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly.

Matt Duchene, who had 43 points last season to tie Parenteau for the team lead, was signed to a five-year contract extension in July.

Top Defensemen: One of their biggest acquisitions on the blueline is 34-year-old Cory Sarich, who has more than 900 games of experience.

They’ll look for healthy bounce-back seasons from defensemen Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson and look for young Tyson Barrie and Stefan Elliot to have strong, successful seasons.

Top Goaltenders: Semyon Varlamov is the starting goaltender, and with the help of new head coach Patrick Roy, he could have a breakout season. The Avalanche will look for him to have a strong season similar to his first in 2011-12 when he posted 26 wins, 2.59 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

New Brass: Since the end of the 2012-13 NHL season, the Colorado Avalanche fired their coach, Joe Sacco, and replaced him with their former goaltender and Hockey Hall of Fame member, Patrick Roy.

Young Players: With the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Avalanche chose 18-year-old Nathan MacKinnon, adding him to their young core of Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly.

The Avalanche secured their Swedish forward Landeskog to a new 7-year, 39 million dollar contract on August 15th.

Players To Watch: Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Semyon Varlamov

Key Additions: The Avalanche added to their offensive depth by reacquiring forward Alex Tanguay, from the Calgary Flames. Tanguay played six full seasons with the Avalanche spanning from 1999-2006, combining for 400 points. He scored a pair of goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to punctuate their 2001 championship.

Tanguay was acquired from the Flames with veteran defenseman Cory Sarich on June 27th. Twenty-nine year old defenseman Andrew Benoit also came in from the Ottawa Senators.

Key Departures: The team said goodbye to one of the top offensive players in team history, veteran Milan Hejduk. The other half of the Calgary trade included forward David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien.

Also leaving the Avalanche is winger Aaron Palushaj, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Carolina Hurricanes, and defenseman Greg Zanon.

Big Questions: Will new coach, Patrick Roy, be able to lead his team into a playoff berth?

Will 1st overall pick, Nathan MacKinnon have the breakout rookie season everyone expects from him?

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01