Originally written on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 11/5/13
Nothing could stop the Colorado Avalanche from crushing their competitions. They plowed ahead despite injuries and the unfortunate arrest of goaltender Semyon Varlamov after his alleged incident of domestic violence.By winning 12 of their first 13 games, they went a long way toward securing a playoff before the season’s first quarter. As the Denver Post noted, merely playing .500 hockey from here on out should get the Avalanche in the bracket.Naturally first-year coach Patrick Roy doesn’t appreciate such speculation. He approaches this job with a goaltender’s intensity. Roy won’t ease off the accelerator and he will do everything humanly possible to prevent his team from getting complacent now that the Avalanche clearly rank No. 1 in the NHL. Here is how the teams stack up this week:COLORADO AVALANCHEGOOD NEWS: Veteran goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is ready to step in for Varlamov as needed.BAD NEWS: Winger Alex Tanguay will miss a few weeks with a knee injury. BOTTOM LINE: Roy is coaching the wa
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