Colorado Avalanche New Year’s Resolutions

December 31st, 2009 by James Crider Leave a reply »
Once again, the new year is rapidly approaching. It's the unique spectacle in life where we sit around a television with our loved ones, waiting for a crystal ball to drop so we can toast each other and give best wishes for the upcoming year. 

We follow this by making a set of ridiculous promises with ourselves to better our lives in some way, with those promises rarely being kept.

But the Avalanche are miracle workers.

Through all the injuries, inexperience, and doubt from the media, they stormed to first place in the Northwest Division and have found a way to stay there for 41 games.

So, while it's selfish of someone to ask for even more from a first-place team originally expected to be the next destination of consensus No. 1 pick Taylor Hall, there's a few things the Avalanche might want to consider doing in the new year:

Close Out Games Better

This is a big one. Colorado can seemingly outplay any team in the first two periods of a game, but go into a shell in the final frame. Instead of making outlet passes from their own zone, they chip the puck up the boards and sit back.

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