A loaded Thursday schedule gave us some great games, including a Capitals win over the Flyers and a strong performance by Marc-Andre Fleury that helped the depleted Penguins beat the Canadiens. The weekend slate of games is just as entertaining, with these three emerging as can't-miss games:
Now, on to the weekly mailbag. As always, thanks for the great questions:
Is this hot start by the Avalanche like the one they had last season, or can they maintain this level of play 'til April? -- Cealy, Denver
How are you reacting to the hot start by the Colorado Avalanche, and how have your predictions changed (if at all)? -- Ryan, @AvsGuildRyan
Two Avalanche questions right off the top. My reaction to Colorado's hot start is much less important that the team's, and I like the perspective they have right now, led by general manager Greg Sherman. With last night's loss to Chicago, Colorado sits at 5-2, which is good enough for first place in the Northwest. This is a group that knows that a strong October doesn't guarantee anything.
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