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Avalanche Having Problems At Home

from Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated,

For opponents of the Colorado Avalanche, trips to Denver used to be like going to the dentist. You took your drilling, left the building feeling numb, and hoped the calendar didn’t call for a return visit anytime soon.

And now?

Let’s just say a lot of pearly white smiles baring visitors’ remaining teeth have been seen after games at the Pepsi Center during the past calendar year.

Trouble, like charity, begins at home. That has certainly been true for Denver’s once-proud NHL franchise, which was slated to start a record eight-game run there on Friday night against the Dallas Stars. Like the weather in Honolulu, such a favorable schedule would ordinarily be cause for some easy forecasting. Avs teams of yore would be expected to win a minimum of six and most likely did. But this most recent edition carried a 2-6-1 home mark into its game against Dallas, and was 5-19-2 overall in its previous 26 home outings. Colorado’s road record, even after consecutive losses to Pittsburgh and Minnesota this week, was a healthy 6-4-1 for the season. Tthe next two weeks will surely be the ultimate Pepsi challenge.

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IwoCPO's avatar

For opponents of the Colorado Avalanche, trips to Denver used to be like going to the dentist. You took your drilling, left the building feeling numb, and hoped the calendar didn’t call for a return visit anytime soon.

When was that?

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 11/18/11 at 05:49 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Heh….‘You took your drilling, left the building feeling numb…’

Oh wow…the 19 don’t call that place what they do just for kicks…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 11/18/11 at 06:12 PM ET

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Wasn’t that long ago that the Avalanche were one of the more entertaining teams to watch in the NHL.

Posted by Drillsetc from Toronto on 11/19/11 at 08:22 AM ET

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