There seems to be a air of confidence over on Chopper Drive at the Pepsi Center this year that wasn't there last year, and it's showing in the Avalanche's on-ice play so far in this young season. This team was expected to come in and dwell near or at the bottom of not only the Western Conference, but the entire league.á No one respected the Avs enough to even give them a puncher's chance, but after five games, the Avs are 3-2 and could very easily be 4-1. So far, this team looks nothing like the team that most expected to see.á Now before we get ahead of ourselves here, as I've stated previously, it's too early for any foolish predictions.á However, this teamùright now, anywayùis solid.áá Most will tell you that it's the newness of the season, and they're "skating by" on adrenaline. ...
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