Eight games into the NHL season is a small sample size but it as close to 10% of the season as it gets. So here is a look at the Avalanche first 8 games from 2003-Present.
2010-11: 4-4, Finished 4th NW 68 points
2009-10: 6-1-1, Finished 2nd NW 95 points
2008-09: 5-3, Finished 5th NW 69 points
2007-2008: 4-4, Finished 2nd NW 95 points
2006-07: 3-3-2, Finished 4th NW 95 points
2005-06: 3-4-1, Finished 2nd NW 95 points
2003-04: 4-4, Finished 2nd NW 100 points
Little bit of an analytical look after the jump.
The first thing you notice is the Avs have not been notorious for panic starts and only twice among the eight seasons did the Avs have eye opening starts, this season and two years ago. Most of their starts have been average as they were probably working out many of the kinks at the beginning of the season. These are all the seasons since the Avalanche last won the NW division and there are plenty reasons to compare this year to two years ago. The Avs have goaltending they believe in but as where two years ago the team went throw plenty of growing pains with a young lineup all said youngsters are now two years older. Plus with the addition of new youngster Gabriel Landeskog this seasons small sample start may be more of the real thing. I do not expect the Avalanche to finish with 60 wins but I do believe this is a team who can record upwards to 100 points and find themselves in the mix for a deep playoff run.