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It's Bad In Denver

02/03/2017 at 11:23am EST

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Only three teams over the last 20 years - including the inaugural Atlanta Thrashers in 1999-2000 - have a worse points percentage than the Avalanche (.292) have compiled this year. Those three teams can at least claim it was harder to rack up points in the 1990s. The league average points percentage this year is an inflated .562 thanks to three-point games.

All of that losing has made it difficult to focus, Colorado centre Nathan MacKinnon said over All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

“We’re pretty fragile, I think,” MacKinnon said. “When you come to the rink and you’re in last place, no one is joking around or having fun … I don’t want to beat up the team too much. We have leads, we’re in a lot of games, then we press the panic button.”

How bad has it been?

The team has one win since the Christmas break. Four wins since U.S. Thanksgiving. The Avalanche have 16 fewer goals than the 29th ranked offence and are tracking toward allowing nearly 120 more goals than they’ve scored over 82 games.

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