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Continued: Scouting the Avalanche

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In his first season behind Colorado’s bench, Roy won 52 games, matching the franchise record. He and goalie coach Francois Allaire have done a terrific job with Varlamov, and when you talk to players like Johnson, they say he wiped the slate clean from the Joe Sacco days. There was a breath of fresh air and confidence that ran through Colorado’s dressing room. Oh, and he’s fiery, so don’t be surprised if there’s a couple of barking matches with refs and the Wild bench.

Special teams

Colorado’s fast, aggressive style draws a lot of penalties and it usually makes teams pay with its power play. The Avs had the fifth-best power play in the NHL (19.8 percent), not only because of their firepower up front, but because they do a fantastic job of getting pucks through from the blue line. Like the Wild, they can be exposed on the penalty kill. They ranked 24th, killing only 80.7 percent of opposing power plays.

by the numbers

37-3-5 The Avs’ record when scoring first

35-0-3 The Avs’ record hen leading after two periods

35-7-4 The Avs’ record when outshot by opponent

projected lineup

Forward lines

Ryan O’Reilly-Nathan MacKinnon-P.A. Parenteau

Gabriel Landeskog-Paul Stastny-Jamie McGinn

Max Talbot-Marc-Andre Cliché-Cody McLeod

Patrick Bordeleau-Brad Malone-Paul Carey

Defense pairings

Jan Hejda-Erik Johnson

Tyson Barrie-Nate Guenin

Andre Benoit- Nick Holden

Goaltenders

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