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Patrick Roy: Chicago will top us in Central Division

Dec 27, 2013, 7:21 PM EST

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The Colorado Avalanche are getting ready to play against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. It’s a chance for the Avalanche to try and narrow the nine-point gap between them and the Central Division leaders.

They might win the night, but surprisingly not even Colorado coach Patrick Roy thinks they’ll win the race.

“We know that Chicago is going to be on top in our [division],” Roy told NHL.com’s Brian Hedger. “We don’t think we’re going to battle with Chicago in the standings.

“I’d like to be very positive, but at the same time I see where we are and this is a very good team [we’re playing].”

Coaches paint their team as the underdogs all the time, but to preemptively declare the other squad as the victors is pretty rare. Even still, perhaps he hopes it will light a fire under his struggling players.

The Avalanche got off to a 14-2-0 start this season, but they’ve been just 9-8-3 since then. They have also dropped three of their last four contests, although two of those defeats came in shootouts.

This will be their second contest against Chicago this season. Colorado earned a 5-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Nov. 19.

  1. polegojim - Dec 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    He’s stating a fact… Chicago probably will be tops in the ‘standings’… but that means nothing when the playoffs start.

    That’s Roy’s approach and a very good strategic comment.

    • joey4id - Dec 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Yeah! He knows how to take the pressure off his team. AVs have three loses more than the Hawks, with three games in hand. If they win those three games they are going to be right up there with Hawks. Both teams have nearly identical records, so those three game in hand will make a big difference if they win. Hawks won’t get much better than they are now, but I believe the AVs will get better as the boys are still learning from Roy.

      • hawksin5 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        ya that worked out well for you didn’t it, bud?

      • joey4id - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        What’s your point? Taking pressure of his team doesn’t equate to beating the Hawks. The Hawks are by far the best team in the west, and favorites to repeat. So. State your point. If you don’t have one, they move on.

      • slysipops - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        ROY says…? ………………

  2. bronxtale247 - Dec 27, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Lack of Clichés, breathe of fresh air

  3. steelers88 - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I haven really seen many Avalanche games this year but it sounds like Patrick Roy is a very good coach.

  4. 19wasthebest - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I hate Roy, but he is a very good coach.

  5. blackhawks2010 - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Roy is smart, Avs have come along way. He will do a great job. They can compete with the Blues…

  6. valoisvipers - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Patrick I think your kid needs you.

    • joey4id - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      hahahahaha! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  7. govtminion - Dec 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Judging from tonight, yeah, I’d say he was right…

  8. jhuck92 - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    I don’t think he knew his team would be down 7-1 after two periods tonight. It’s almost like he told his team to lose the game.

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