No. 20 Colorado Avalanche
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After a 4-1 start, the Avs are coming back to earth, losing their last three games. There is no question that they have been playing better with a new sense of teamwork, but defense will continue to weigh them down. The Matt Duchene situation also isn’t helping, although he seems to be making the best of it. There are some really nice pieces on this team, but the best thing for them at this point would be to trade some veterans and continue playing the kids. Ending the season a .500 team does them no good.