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2008-09 Team Preview: Colorado Avalanche

Updated: October 3, 2008, 9:48 PM ET
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Avs forward Ryan Smyth missed 27 games last season due to various injuries.

OUR EXPERT'S TAKE By Pierre LeBrun

There are teams who become preseason darlings by prognosticators (think Chicago, Edmonton this season), and there are other clubs who get the popular vote as the sinking ship.

And, in the West, the negative predictions for the Colorado Avalanche are widespread. It has to do with losing starting ...

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