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Avs Aiming For Consistency

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The 2010-11 Colorado Avalanche can be categorized many different ways, including as one of the NHL’s youngest clubs (average age of 26.9 years) and one of the league’s highest-scoring teams (third in the league, averaging 3.41 goals-per-game through Tuesday).


One thing that the Avs can’t rightfully be accused of is being a particularly streaky team.

Case in point, the Avalanche has alternated wins and losses in its last seven games, posting a 4-3 record over that span. Looking deeper, Colorado doesn’t have a winning streak longer than two games or a pointless streak stretching more than three contests this season.

The Avs hope to change that by rattling off a few consecutive victories, and there’s no better place to start than during a homestand. Colorado opened up its three-game stay at Pepsi Center with a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. Now, the challenge will be to take that momentum and channel it into games against the San Jose Sharks (Wednesday) and New York Rangers (Friday).

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“It’s pretty big. It’s not do-or-die obviously, but it’s huge,” said Budaj. “You want to win home games. The bottom line is that our home record hasn’t been great, but we have a homestand right now and we started with a victory yesterday. We have to build on that, because you definitely don’t want to be a team that wins one, loses one, wins one, and loses one. We have to get on a roll and hopefully it will start this homestand.”

Although it’s early in the season, it’s always interesting to check the standings and see how a single win or loss can drastically change a team’s position from one day to the next.

“If you look at the standings, sometimes one or two games can move you up five or six spots,” said David Jones. “We have a bunch of games jammed together in the next week, so we’ll be looking to carry on from what we started last night and keep it going. In this league anyone can beat anyone on any given night if you don’t bring you ‘A’ game.”

Anderson Practices
Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson went through a full practice on Tuesday morning for the first time since sustaining a knee injury during warmups on Oct. 26 at Vancouver.

Anderson was on the ice early this morning, working with Avalanche goaltending consultant Kirk McLean. Tuesday marked the second day that Anderson has faced shots since the injury, as the goalie also took part in the morning skate prior to Monday’s 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues at Pepsi Center.

There is still no firm timetable for Anderson’s return to game action.

Anderson started seven of Colorado’s first eight games before being injured, posting a 3-4-0 record with a 3.15 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.

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