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Struggling Colorado Avalanche confident it can shake slide and not repeat last season’s historic misery – The Denver Post

With the Avalanche (12-11-2) destined to finish on the losing end of a five-game homestand and a difficult four-game trip looming, team members on Monday didn’t want to zero in on two subjects: last season and Buffalo.

They didn’t care to compare their current team — 1-3-1 in its last five games — to the one that spiraled out of control at this time a year ago and finished with a league-low and club-record-low 48 points last season. And they didn’t want to talk too much about Tuesday’s opponents, the NHL cellar-dwelling Buffalo Sabres (6-17-4).

Beating the lowly Sabres would make the Avs 2-3 on the homestand. Losing to them would put Colorado right back where it came from — the bottom. Although the Avs have played fewer games than most Western Conference teams, they entered Monday’s game 13th in the 15-team conference with 26 points.

“I’m not even thinking about last season. It’s irrelevant to me,” Avs center Nathan MacKinnon said. “Each season is its own. That’s something you have to embrace, good or bad, and just enjoy the ups and downs and the many challenges you’re going to face every season. We’re not the first team to go 1-3 on a homestand. We’ll get more than 21 wins this season, I’m sure, but obviously we need to snap out of it and get back to work tomorrow night.”

Avs coach Jared Bednar put his team through a light workout Monday, which included a breakaway challenge near the end. The guys were enjoying themselves, trying their hardest to put Sunday’s 7-2 loss to the visiting Dallas Stars out of their minds. The Avs started the season 4-1 but lost three in a row and fell to 4-4. They believe this latest poor stretch will end Tuesday and serve as the beginning of a good one.

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