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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Matching Expectations

By Colin Likas
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20. Colorado Avalanche

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Expectation bar: Above

I wrote in at least one preseason post that I thought the Avs would finish below everyone in the league this season. Even the expansion Vegas Golden Knights (ha). Yet here they are, even with Matt Duchene gone, just lingering around the West playoff picture. I don’t like thinking of the Avs lingering. It makes me think of Patrick Roy lingering, even though he isn’t their coach anymore.

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