The Colorado Avalanche are back in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Yes, you read that correctly. A year after finishing with an embarrassing 22 wins and 48 points, the Avs flipped a majority of its veterans for younger rookies over the past 12 months and turned it into a team that rose to the occasion and defeated the Blues (in regulation) in a winner-gets-in contest on Saturday.
How exactly did this team come together? The core of the squad mirrors the one that lost 60 games a year ago, minus one major piece, of course. The Avalanche were not big spenders when free agency struck this past July nor did they come away with the coveted #1 overall pick that stepped right into the lineup like Nathan MacKinnon did in 2013. So to sum things up, there was something that willed this team to the playoffs that the Avs have been lacking for almost half a decade.
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