After scuffling at home through the first two months of the season, it's safe to say the Colorado Avalanche have picked up the pace on their own ice.
On the verge of their longest home winning streak in nearly 17 years, the Avalanche face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.
Colorado lost nine of its first 13 games at the Pepsi Center but has since won seven in a row while outscoring opponents 22-13. The Avalanche haven't posted eight consecutive home wins since a franchise best-tying 10-game run March 6-April 16, 1995, as the Quebec Nordiques.
Five of their last seven home victories have come by one goal, including Wednesday's 3-2 win over St. Louis.
"I think it's a learning curve for us - the more we're gonna win, the more we're gonna get comfortable with the lead - especially at home here lately," said Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who turned away a season-high 37 shots in his third consecutive start.
"The games are all gonna be tight until the end of the year, they're all gon...