Colorado Avalanche season preview

A lack of depth, especially along the blue line, will put too much pressure on Theodore. The Avs will drop to fifth in the Northwest and out of the playoff picture, finishing 12th in the West.

BUZZ FACTORStock DownStock down (but just a little). The sellout streak remains intact heading into the regular season, but it seems only a matter of time until empty seats start showing up with more regularity as the Avs begin their first downturn since coming to Denver.