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Will The Colorado Avalanche Handle The Pressure?

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

This is the best Avalanche team in more than 20 years. But there’s at least an 80% chance this Colorado team, led by center Nathan MacKinnon and defenseman Cale Makar, won’t lift the Stanley Cup, because nowhere in the North American sporting landscape will you find a more heavy-duty challenge.

With the playoffs rapidly approaching in a season billed as championship or bust, could somebody please give Colorado a wake-up call?

With our old friend Matt Duchene scoring the only goal in the shootout, the Nashville Predators recorded a 5-4 victory against the Avalanche on Thursday night for Colorado’s fifth loss in six games.

Chalk it up to boredom if that makes you feel better.

But is Colorado mentally tough enough to win it all?

No team in the league can boast of more top-notch talent than the Avs. They deserve to be the odds-on favorite to win the championship. So what’s the concern? There’s a cruel fascinating randomness to the NHL playoffs, where a hot goalie, the odd bounce or untimely injuries can ruin the best-laid championship plans.

There’s no sweeter agony than cheering for a team to win the Cup. No NHL champion earns 16 victories without blood, sweat and tears, not to mention a moment or two of serious adversity capable of unnerving the toughest of competitors. And these Colorado players have yet to prove they won’t fold under pressure.

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dougie's avatar

My money is on the Av’s becoming an American version of the Toronto franchise, and it can’t happen fast enough for me!

Posted by dougie on 04/29/22 at 08:53 AM ET

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I think Nashville would have been a tougher out in the first round IF Saros is available. If Colorado gets by the first round, it will build the confidence they need to carry them further. They will put up points. It’s just a matter of whether or not their goaltending can keep the other teams in check.

Posted by evileye on 04/29/22 at 12:57 PM ET

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The latest rumor/report on Saros is high ankle sprain.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/29/22 at 01:01 PM ET

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Yikes.

You never know what would or wouldn’t
have prevented such an injury, but the:
“how about that Saros - hope the Preds aren’t running
him into the ground!” you’d seen over the past several weeks
are beginning to sound prophetic.

If it’s really a high ankle sprain, there’s no way Saros is coming back
from that and playing effectively without major risk of aggravation.
Not a medical professional in any way. Just based on how long it takes
guys in many sports to get past that sort of injury.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/29/22 at 04:37 PM ET

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