Colorado Avalanche: 5 Reasons They Could Be a Playoff Team in 2012-13

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Colorado Avalanche: 5 Reasons They Could Be a Playoff Team in 2012-13
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The Colorado Avalanche had a great season, and they're only going to get better.

The Colorado Avalanche have made leaps and bounds since their 2010-11 NHL season. That year, the Avs finished second-to-last with a record of 30-44-8, only ahead of the Edmonton Oilers by four points. Furthermore, they were the only teams that failed to surpass 70 points in the Western Conference.

In the 2011-12 NHL season, the Avs improved their record to 41-35-6 and finished 11th in the Western Conference.

They're also one of the youngest teams in the NHL.

Considering they had a better season than the Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Avalanche are poised to make even greater strides in returning back to the glory days of Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg.

Here are five reasons the Colorado Avalanche have a chance at making the NHL postseason in 2012-13.  

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