SAN JOSE, Calif. – Let’s just do some free-form riffing here, nothing fancy, on the state of the Avs.

I am sitting on the deck of the uncle to my close friend from New Hampshire, Chris, here in the Bay Area. Nice view from his deck, eh?

As I drove the 365 miles or so to Uncle Joe’s place after the game in L.A. last night, I just kept thinking: “It’s gonna come down to that final game against St. Louis.”

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Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.