Clearly I’m not the first person to announce this, but the Colorado Avalanche are off to a hot start (12-1-0). In case you’re not following the game as closely as I am, the Avs are asking their fans and critics “Why Not Us?” As much as I love Gabe Landeskog, Matt Duchene, and Nathan MacKinnon, I too am questioning what is going on in Denver. Is something in the air?
If anything, my finger’s pointing right at Patrick Roy, and he’s clearly motivating his players to a level we’ve never seen from this group before. Another secret to their success is Matt Duchene, who’s leading the team with 14 points. But really, watch this goal and the hard work it took to get it:
It’s no secret he is arguably the Avs best player, yet his scoring touch doesn’t justify this all together awesome start. Without Matt Duchene, this team may be where fans usually expect them to be; dwindling near the middle or bottom of the conference.
At the end of the day, whatever they’re doing has me skeptical because it’s the Avs, but it’s working. It’s been a while since we’ve seen them off to such a solid start and playing so consistently. So Colorado, whatever you’re doing, keep it up. I like seeing you at the top. Let’s see how long it lasts.