Colorado Avalanche: Sakic and Roy’s Plans for the Team

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Dec 11, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) during a breakaway with the puck in the first period of the game against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Rush Offense

First of all, Colorado is a rush team. Whatever your opinion of that style, the Colorado Avalanche are built for speed and size. Head coach Patrick Roy remarked in an interview with The Fan Morning Show that while the team is trying to work on possessing the puck more, they’re never going to be a team that possesses the puck a lot:

"“I know we’ve been criticized a lot for puck possession… But we’re more a transition team. If you look at most of our scoring chances, they come from turnovers, giveaways, a lot of rush plays.”"

Part of Colorado Avalanche hockey has always been the excitement factor. And with a style of hockey based on the rush, their games are usually exciting. Indeed, coach Roy remarked that he strives for the excitement factor when guiding his team to focus on rushes.

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