1. Score the game's first goal: Colorado is an unbelievable 32-1-3 when they score first. Most teams win a good percentage of their games when they score first, but the Avalanche are near perfect. The Blackhawks are an impressive 30-1-6 in this category, so getting on the board first is huge for Chicago.
2. Match the Avs' energy and speed: Colorado have a lot of young and quick talented forwards. They thrive on momentum and confidence. They started this season by winning 12 of the first 13 games they played under first year head coach Patrick Roy. You're playing at altitude in thin air, so go with short shifts, work hard, and get off the ice.
3. Keep Colorado off the power play: The Avs have a good power play which currently ranks 10th in the NHL. In the four games against the Hawks, they have gone 3-for-10 on the power play and have scored the game-winning goal twice with the extra man. No needless penalties against Colorado.