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The Story Through Six

I've been busy working my calculator into a lather again, and here's what I've learned (besides the upside down 0.7734 trick):

Through 6 games, the Avalanche have 8 points. At the 6-game point last year, the Avs had 6 points. Even without my calculator, I can tell you that the Avs have 2 more points than they did last season.

They also have 4 more goals than they did at this point last year, a pretty big jump (24%). Through the first 6 last year, the Avs scored 4 goals just once - a 4-1 win against the Leafs. This year, they've hit that number 4 times.

On the other end of the ice, the Avs have allowed 18 goals - exactly the same number they'd allowed at this point last year. In case these numbers are tough to follow in print, I've come up with a handy dandy chart:

Faceoffs continue to be not great, although they are improving - the team's faceoff stats have improved from the previous game in every game but one. That's the good news. The bad news? They've still managed to get to 50% in a game just once (and they were just at 50% in that one).

One area that's shown remarkable improvement is the play of our special teams. The PK and the PP started out the season in rough shape, but both have improved steadily, as the chart below shows. With Ryan Smyth finally getting comfortable in front of the net, and our PK squad getting a bit more aggressive on the kill, I think these two trends will continue.

Next week, I aim to look some individual player stats - likely the goalies.