No. 5: Colorado Avalanche
The Wild and Avalanche are currently fighting for the last wild card spot in the West, so I figured that I would just put both of the teams in this post. I know this is a surprising team to be scared of this much, but hear me out. The ‘Hawks and the Avalanche have had a weird relationship over the past couple years. Whenever the Avs come up on the schedule, the ‘Hawks usually just forget how to play hockey for those games. They make Semyon Varlamov look like the Avs’ head coach, Patrick Roy, and the Avalanche use their young speed to take over.
As of late, it seems as if the ‘Hawks have figured out Colorado, but it would be very easy for the ‘Hawks to slip back into their old habits. Another factor is that the ‘Hawks do not know what they are getting into with a series against the Avs. Since the ‘Hawks started making the playoffs every year, theses two teams have not played each other in a series.
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I have been very high on the Avs all season mainly because of their top three forwards: Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog. When all three of these young guns are on the same line, it is the best line in hockey behind Dallas’ first line and the Blackhawks’ second line. The three have a combined point total of 151. In MacKinnon’s only playoff experience, he had two goals and eight assists through seven games. Landeskog has three goals and one assist through the same amount of games. I may be overhyping this team a bit, but if the ‘Hawks do happen to meet the Avs in a series, they better watch out.
Next: No. 4: St. Louis Blues