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New/old-look Avs surging at a perfect time

Joelle Milholm
Bringing It Home
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Avs are hot enough to melt the ice they are skating on right now.

They are coming up with huge goals, huge saves and huge wins, and it is just in time.

With 12 games left to go, things are coming together, and it’s a good thing considering who Colorado is up against.



The usual Northwest Division enemies ” Calgary, Minnesota and Vancouver ” are within a few points of the Avs. The division is up for grabs, and I think the Avs are getting better with every game they play, and chances are getting better and better to finish at the top.

The Avs have a line with Joe Sakic, Milan Hejduk and Peter Forsberg. Are you kidding me?



That’s potent enough to leave even the best defender shaking in his skates.

Then there is Adam Foote ” who is giving the Avs defense a solid anchor. His shear power will make opposing forwards think twice about charging down the ice.

If someone does happen make it by him, then they have to try and get the puck passed Jose Theodore ” one of the hottest goalies in the NHL.

While the season-ending injury to Marek Svatos hurt, the Avs have enough depth to help cover for it. Andrew Brunette’s and Wojtek Wolski are assist machines and even defenders are chipping in on offense, such as John-Michael Liles, who notched the game-winner against Vancouver last week.

Forsberg got his first points since rejoining the Avs on Saturday with two assists. He’s only going to get better and better the more he skates with his new/former teammates and starts to look like the Peter the Great of old.

The Avs will being facing Minnesota three more times this season, and they have two games against both Vancouver and Calgary. If the Avs can just win five of those seven games, they should be in good shape in the Northwest.

When the regular season comes to an end on April 6, I am projecting the Avs as Northwest Division champions. They will be back in the playoffs where they belong and where we expect them to be.

Just like last year, Colorado will end the season on a roll, but this time they won’t just have to let it die by missing the playoffs. They’ll be able to use it in the postseason, and, as we learned with the Rockies last year, nothing beats a momentum-filled winning streak.

The Avs are hot ” only the Sharks are hotter ” and, luckily for Colorado, they don’t have to see San Jose for the rest of the season.

Colorado is going to live up to its name and move like an avalanche coming down a mountain, destroying everything in its path.

Contact Joelle Milholm: 384-9124

jmilholm@postindependent.com


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