Colorado needs to improve on last year’s road record.
The Avalanche were 15-19-7 on the road in 2017-18. They were 28-11-2 at home. the 21 point differential between home and road isn’t that shocking, what’s at issue is that the Avalanche are unlikely to record 58 points on their home-ice again this season. Their points need to be spread to the road more.
Colorado is in a difficult position, geographically to be a stellar road team. The travel from Denver to NHL destinations, even within the division can be daunting but if we’ve seen anything historically from the NHL it’s that home/road splits aren’t nearly as diverse as other sports.
Hockey can be a game of streaks, a team can look unbeatable for stretches, disinterested for others. When a team is clicking and hot, it rarely matters if they are on the road or at home. Both of the Avalanche Stanley Cups were secured on-the-road.
If Colorado can coax another 10-12 points out of their road schedule, it will ease the pressure on the home-ice, keep the boys from pressing and keep this young, exciting team flowing into the playoffs.
This looks to be a dangerously good Colorado team, if healthy. The first-round bow to the Nashville Predators last season is a good building block but the Avs can’t be satisfied with just making the playoffs. That was last year.
This year, the Avalanche expect to be poised for a deep playoff run. With the defense performing well, bona fide stars at the forward positions, rising young talent and a mission to succeed, they are positioned to do just that. The only question that remains and one that’s plagued Colorado since acquiring Semyon Varlamov from the Washington Capitals is: