"Every day you wake up, you (can) move from third to 12th. It's a matter of one or two points. The focus for us, especially with a young team, is that you're prepared on an individual game basis, on a game-by-game basis."
-- Avs coach Joe Sacco on the tight Western Conference playoff race
are looking forward to some considerable home cooking during the next several weeks.
The Avalanche will play six of the next seven games and 16 of 21 at the Pepsi Center, starting Monday against the
Colorado completed a five-game, nine-day excursion through the Southeast Division with a 2-1-2 record that began with three losses -- two in overtime -- but concluded with back-to-back wins against Atlanta and Washington.
"We didn't like the start, but we were resilient and we liked the finish," Avalanche captain
said after Monday's morning skate. "It was a great time for us to be on the road trip, to build something from it, to work on our game. We worked on a lot of things with hard practices and we bonded.