This certainly isn't how you announce yourself to the hockey world as an up and coming threat to be taken seriously. After thriving during a ridiculous gauntlet of road trips and a very challenging schedule, the Avalanche have taken their chance to run away from the pack with home games against bad teams and lost a bunch of times.
Tonight was another opportunity for the Avs to take advantage of a bad visiting team and for the second time in a week, the Chicago Blackhawks walked out of Pepsi Center with two points in the standings that they probably don't even really want at this point.
The Avs made strides, I guess, as they improved from a 2-1 regulation loss to a 3-2 overtime loss but nobody actually feels like Colorado took anything remotely resembling a positive step forward tonight. Losing is still losing and the Avalanche are settling back into their old comfort zone of losing games and being mad after the game ends but failing to channel that anger into something positive in the next game.
There were some highlights in this one as Semyon Varlamov had a rock-solid outing that should stem the tide of Philipp Grubauer's coup for a day or two. Colorado has another chance to feel good about themselves as they welcome in another team, the Los Angeles Kings, to Pepsi Center on what they hope is a rockin' New Year's Eve.