NHL Hockey

Avalanche team to beat in loaded Central

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Nathan MacKinnon didn't feel right about how last season went for the Colorado Avalanche. Sure, they shook off their Stanley Cup hangover and won the Central Division but something was off.

"I just don't think we had the team to win last year," MacKinnon said. "Just didn't really feel like we really had it."

With extra rest from a first-round exit and the additions of Ryan Johansen, Miles Wood and Tomas Tatar filling some major voids, the Avalanche go into the season as favorites to win the Cup again. Just to get out of the Central, they will have to fend off Dallas coming off a trip to the Western Conference final and retooled Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg - and handle games against Chicago and Arizona that won't be as easy as they were last year.


Rank Player Pts G A
1 C. McDavid, Edm1536489
2 L. Draisaitl, Edm1285276
3 D. Pastrnak, Bos1136152
4 N. Kucherov, TB1133083
5 N. MacKinnon, Col1114269
6 J. Robertson, Dal1094663
7 M. Tkachuk, Fla1094069
8 M. Rantanen, Col1055550
9 R. Nugent-Hopkins, Edm1043767
10 E. Pettersson, Van1023963
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Goals Against Average
Rank Player GAA
1 L. Ullmark, Bos1.89
2 F. Gustavsson, Min2.10
3 A. Raanta, Car2.23
4 J. Swayman, Bos2.27
5 I. Samsonov, Tor2.33
6 I. Sorokin, NYI2.34
7 J. Oettinger, Dal2.37
8 V. Vanecek, NJ2.45
9 I. Shesterkin, NYR2.48
10 F. Andersen, Car2.48
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