AVALANCHE 28-4-3 Record in one-goal games in the 2013-14 season. Projected Roster HEAD COACH: PATRICK ROY LW C RW 1st Line Gabriel Landeskog Matt Duchene Jarome Iginla 2nd Line Alex Tanguay Nathan MacKinnon Ryan O’Reilly 3rd Line Jamie McGinn John Mitchell Daniel Briere 4th Line Cody McLeod Marc-Andre Cliche Maxime Talbot D D 1st Pair Erik Johnson Jan Hejda 2nd Pair Tyson Barrie Brad Stuart 3rd Pair Nick Holden Ryan Wilson G Starter Semyon Varlamov Backup Reto Berra Scoreboard 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 PLAYOFF FINISH Conf QF DNQ DNQ DNQ Conf QF REGULAR SEASON 52-22-8 16-25-7 41-35-6 30-44-8 43-30-9 POINT TOTAL 112 39 88 68 95 SHOOTOUT RECORD 5-4 2-2 9-2 6-1 7-5 GOALS SCORED 250 116 177 227 244 GOALS ALLOWED 220 152 226 288 233 POWER PLAY % 19.8 15.0 18.4 18.5 18.1 PENALTY KILL % 80.7 80.3 83.0 76.1 80.2 those contests. It was a learning process for these young players, but they will surely use the experience they have gained to try and lead their Defense Erik Johnson is the ox that makes this defensive plow move. His defensive play has steadily improved over the last few seasons and has culminated in a career high plus/minus of +5 in 2013-14. He also tied a career high in points, with 39, and set a new career high in assists as he had a hand in 30 goals last season. The Avalanche management is hoping these are the first steps of Johnson moving towards fulfilling the promise of being a former first-overall pick. The big move on defense this offseason was bringing in free-agent import Brad Stuart over from the San Jose Sharks. Executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic described Stuart as “a proven, quality defenseman” shortly after signing the 34-year-old. If Stuart can regain the form that he had with the Red Wings, this could provide a huge boost along the blue line. There were a couple of breakout players that surfaced last season. These surprises took the forms of Tyson Barrie and Nick Holden. Barrie put up impressive offensive numbers for a defenseman in 2013-14 by scoring 13 goals and helping out on 25 others. His goal-scoring prowess was aided by a nearly 13 percent (12.9) successful shooting rate. While he may not replicate that number this season, he is expected to still aid in creating offense. Nick Holden made a name for himself in Colorado and earned a three-year deal for his efforts. In 54 games, the 27-year-old scored 10 goals and had a hand in 15 others. The late-bloomer could find himself on either the second or third pairing. While the players are promising, the team will need to allow fewer pucks to the net as they allowed 32.7 points per game, second most in the Western Conference.
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