Colorado Avalanche: 6 Reasons They Will Make the Playoffs in 2012-13

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Colorado Avalanche: 6 Reasons They Will Make the Playoffs in 2012-13
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Once a new collective bargaining agreement finally gets worked out for the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche will have a lot of positives to look forward to in 2012-13.

This young team is beginning to turn into one of the most talented teams in the league, yet they continue to get no respect.

Despite the many positives the Avalanche showed down the stretch of last year's NHL season, The Hockey News predicted that they would finish 14th in the West at the end of this season.

Some of us liked their collection of youth and presume a step forward - others looked at the goaltending and lack of reliable star power and saw a bottom-feeder.

Here are some reasons why the Avalanche not only won't finish at the bottom of the West, but will make the playoffs.

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