SAN JOSE, Calif. – Seventeen games left. Seventeen games to outpace either the Minnesota Wild or the Dallas Stars by better than two points. Seventeen games to show the hockey world that, no, the 2018-19 version of the Colorado Avalanche didn’t backslide from a previous year of serious progress. Seventeen games to go. The last game of the year will be…

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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.