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Will the Avalanche contend for the Cup in 2004? Sure. Is that a lock? Hardly.

Updated: August 12, 2003, 5:55 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

The Colorado Avalanche's first-round playoff collapse against the Minnesota Wild last spring was both surprising and embarrassing, and there was plenty of fallout.

2002-03 BY THE NUMBERS

Record: 42-19-13-8, 105 pts. (6th overall, 3rd West, 1st Northwest); Home: 21-9-8-3; Road: 21-10-5-5 Goals for/Avg: 251/3.06 (5th overall)

Goals against/Avg.: 194/2.37 (7th overall)

Differential: Plus-57 (4th overall)

Power play: 18.7 percent (68-363, ...

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