The Colorado Avalanche start a three-game home stand tomorrow against the Anaheim Ducks. This is a key stretch for the team.
The Colorado Avalanche are coming off a win against the Dallas Stars preceded by the bye-week. Before that, they had a season-high six-game home stand.
The Avalanche enjoyed a 5-1-0 record during that home stand and, with their win over the Stars, are on a six-game win streak. They, along with the Calgary Flames, haven’t been beaten in the year 2018.
The streaks aren’t necessarily what make this home stand so important for Colorado. The Avs are in the hyper-competitive Central Division where just 10 points separate the first-place Winnipeg Jets and last-place Avalanche. (By comparison, 34 points separate the first and last place teams in both the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions.) Every point counts in the Central (and the Metropolitan, where 11 points separate first and last teams).
What’s more, two of the three games on this home stand are against Western Conference teams — specifically the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks.
Add to that the fact that after the third home game Colorado embarks on a long road trip — six games that will take them up to Canada for five games and down to Saint Louis. Now, the All Star Break is in the middle of all that, so the players won’t literally be on the road the whole time. Nonetheless, the Avalanche haven’t enjoyed as much success on the road as at home — 65% win percentage vs 42%.
Said roadie will include games against four Western Conference teams — two of them in the Central Division.
Right now, the Avs are at seven games over .500. And they have games in hand against all the teams above them in the standings. That’s why they have to make this home stand count.
Here are three keys that will help them head off on their roadie on even better standings than they are now.