Avalanche gathering momentum? 

July, 30, 2013
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As if it wasn't already difficult enough to earn a playoff berth in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, a number of teams appear to be on the rise. One such club is Colorado who -- in addition to adding No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon last month -- has quietly assembled a strong collection of offensive talent.

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