1. This Avalanche will try to strike early.
DENVER — Patrick Sharp knew there’d be some adjustments when he first returned to the lineup earlier this month. Those adjustments came even before the games did.
The Blackhawks weren’t sure what to expect from Antti Raanta, especially off the ice, when he first came into the organization in the fall of 2013.
If you're one of the lucky ones who will be in attendance for the Winter Classic on New Year's Day in our nation's capital, you'll be able to taste a bit of Chicago.