Rise The Colorado Avalanche have the talent and skill. They proved this with impressive wins against Chicago and San Jose. They showed that they are indeed a good, young team with impressive talent and a promising core of young players such as Matt Duchene, Semyon Varlamov, Erik Johnson, and Gabe Landeskog. They knew the standings heading into last weekend and they knew that a few wins could propel them right back into the playoff picture. As it stands today, they are still only four points out of the eighth and final playoff position in the West.