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Two observations

First, I was watching the Avalanche All Access program on Altitutde and here's a little tid bit that won't suprise any of you.  Tyler Arnason is roomates with Bret Clark.  When Kyle Keefe asked Clark what's one thing most people don't know about your roomate on the road?  He answered, Arny sleeps all the time.  He can sleep anywhere, anytime and he sleeps constantly.  The punchline is so freeking obvious I'm not going to even go there.

Second, I was watching the 2001 game six against the Devils.  Although this eventual Stanley Cup champion team featured the unGodly lineup of Roy, Bourque, Blake and Foote on the back end, it featured something up front I totally forgot about. Your first line was the red hot Hejduk-Sakic-Tangauy line.  They killed it all year long and in the playoffs.  Guess what the second line was?  Niemenen-Drury-HInote.  You read that right, the second line of the Stanley cup champs featured the names Nieminen and Hinote.

The reason this strikes me as important is because the Avs prior to Stastny going down to injury were one of the weakest teams in the West at center.  Arnason as your second string centerman was killing this team.  Now that Wolski has shown his ability at center the Avs have two solid centermen going forward, Sakic is just gravy.  The Avs certainly have some housekeeping to do in their back end with defensive coverage and goaltending.  However, if the Avs can keep it close they could make some serious strides when Stastny gets back.  This league is dominated by teams that are strong up the middle and the Avs can now hold their own there once Stastny gets back.

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