Apr 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) reacts to his goal with defenseman Nate Guenin (5) against the Minnesota Wild in the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Avalanche were the surprise of the league last season, going from the outhouse to the penthouse with a brash new coach and a young roster filled with talent. They finished on top of the Central Division, 2nd in the Western Conference and 3rd overall with 112 points. A couple of key injuries, most notably to Tyson Barrie in the first round of the playoffs saw them bout out at the hands of the Minnesota Wild in 7 games.