One of coach Joe Sacco's stated goals for this new, truncated Avalanche season is to be "harder to play against." To which the standard reply from any coach is: "Doesn't everybody?" No team wants to be known as being easy to play against. So it remains something of a nebulous phrase one game into the Avs' 48-game season, which started Saturday night with a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.
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