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Scott Takes: The Avalanche are excelling in all but one area

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There really isn’t much to complain about these days with regards to the Colorado Avalanche. After all, they’re one of the hottest teams in the NHL of late. 

Since the start of March, only one team—the Tampa Bay Lightning—has tallied more points in the standings. From a team marred with inconsistency issues to winners of seven straight, the Avalanche now find themselves just two points out of first in the West Division with a healthy 20-8-3 record

More than just the record, there are plenty of other key performance indicators that stick out:

They have the second-best goal differential in the league at +35.

The Avs are tied for the fourth-most goals scored and the third-fewest goals allowed.

The second-best goals-for per game and the third-fewest goals-against per game.

The No. 2-ranked penalty kill.

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The Avs average the most shots-per-game and the fewest shots allowed per game—sorry, Michael Russo.

Even in faceoff win percentage—an area where the Avalanche have been historically sub-standard—Colorado is sitting pretty at No. 5.

Exactly where they want to be: top-5 in a lot of key areas of the game.

But if there’s one area that sticks out—one statistical anomaly or outlier—for this Avalanche team, it’s their power play.

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A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Scott has so far spent the early parts of his young career covering Colorado hockey — from the Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles to the DU Pioneers. His work can be found across sites such as NHL.com, TheAHL.com and SB Nation, among others. Scott currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, where he works as a Marketing Executive when he's not writing.

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