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11-04-2013, 12:06 PM
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I don't think COL will be able to maintain their current play. They are playing very well but also have some pretty irregular stats, most notably GA/G. Historically, not even the best teams in the league are able to maintain less than 1.5 GA/G. I do think they are much improved and will most likely be a playoff team, but to think they'll go from worst to first maintaining a 90.9 PK%, 94.5sv%, and 1.5GA/G over a full NHL season is crazy.

Going into the season, many felt COL had a bottom 5 defensive core. Over 82 games, I think they will falter, it remains to be seen how much and for how long the team will struggle when they inevitably hit rough patches (like every team does).

Another thing to note about their final league standings throughout their rebuild (2009):
2009/10 -- 12th
2010/11 -- 29th
2011/12 -- 20th
2012/13 -- 29th
2013/14 -- 1st* at the end of OCT

Based on past seasons, they look right on track continuing their season-to-season yo-yo.

Nevertheless, I am jealous of them and incredibly embarrassed by EDM's progress.

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