Avalanche Season Odds
Will the goaltending situation keep the Colorado Avalanche from making the postseason again in 2008-09?Oddsmakers have established the Avalanche’s odds to win the 2009 Stanley Cup at 25/1.
This club is coming off a postseason appearance last year, so they can no doubt do it again. But they need one of their two goalies, either Peter Budaj or Andrew Raycroft, to step up. Budaj finished with a .903 save percentage while Raycroft struggled at .876.
Another thing that the Aves need is a healthy year. In 2007, star player Joe Sakic missed 38 games following hernia surgery. Forward’s Ryan Smyth, Paul Stastney and Marek Svatos, as well as defensemen Brett Clark and Jordan Leopold also missed significant time.
If one of the two goaltenders can emerge and the rest of the roster can stay generally healthy, Colorado could easily repeat their playoff appearance of a year ago. But that’s a big if. With the rest of the Northwest Division sporting excellent goaltending situations, the Aves might struggle to keep pace this year. The club has an average to above average offense, defense and special teams, but will all those units make up for the stopper situation? And this club must improve on their five-on-three scoring advantages after scoring only once last year in those situations. Colorado could be a sleeper, but things need to fall just right.
Colorado Avalanche Odds to Win 2009 Stanley Cup Finals
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