NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
Duplicating last season's success will be difficult for the Colorado Avalanche following their surprising Central Division championship, franchise record-tying 52 wins and first Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance in four years.
Patrick Roy was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy in his first season as Avalanche coach after guiding the team to a 52-22-8 record and 112 points, the second-highest total in franchise history, and re-energizing what had been an indifferent fan base. The Avalanche lost in seven games to the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round, but the experience was viewed as a necessary step in a young team's development.
One year after saying he hoped the Avalanche could "shock the world of hockey," Roy said the goal this season is to qualify for the playoffs again and make a deeper postseason run despite rugged competition in the division and Western Conference.