Last season was a whole lot of good news and bad news for the Colorado Avalanche. Good news: The Avs managed an 88-point season in 2011-12, 20 points better than their previous campaign. Bad news: They ended up missing the playoffs for the fourth time in the past six years. Good news: An offseason upgrade between the pipes resulted in 68 fewer goals allowed last season, thanks to the net-minding tandem of Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Bad news: The team also placed 25th in the league in goals scored with 2.43 per game. Good news: Gabriel Landeskog had an immediate impact in his rookie year, leading the team in goals and capping off the season by winning the Calder Trophy. Bad news: Third-year center Matt Duchene suffered through an injury-plagued season, scoring just 28 points. Despite the team's ups and downs, the Avs were right in the thick of the playoff race with two weeks remaining in the regular season, but posted six losses in their last seven games to end
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