The last week has been a good one for the Colorado Avalanche just about everywhere but the scoreboard. The Avs put up impressive efforts in back to back games in Detroit and Chicago, and despite a number of excellent chances and strong offensive pressure they were unable to earn a point in either match. Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau are having excellent seasons, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O`Reilly are steadily returning to form, Ryan Wilson is on the mend, and Erik Johnson is set to make his return to the lineup tonight. Nonetheless, an inability to score in Detroit and a last minute loss in Chicago has dropped the Avs back to a lackluster 8-10-4 record and melted away most fans' optimism since the O'Reilly signing. Now the Avs limp home with just 1-point on their road trip for a rematch against the NHL's best, and still unbeaten in regulation, Chicago Blackhawks.

Now, forgive me if you've heard this before, but I think our own Cheryl Bradely said all that needs to be said on this one back on Wednesday.