The Colorado Avalanche can tie a franchise record for consecutive wins (seven) to begin a season with a victory against the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Pepsi Center. The Quebec Nordiques began the 1985-86 season with a 7-0-0 record.
But Avalanche coach Patrick Roy doesn’t want his players to focus on any records.
“I’m saying to the players every day, let’s stay humble,” he said via NHL.com. “We want them to be humble, we want them to take it one day at a time. When we met Ray Bourque in Boston (last week before the Avalanche’s 2-0 win against the Bruins), Ray said, why not us? Those have been the words we’ve been using, why not another win tonight? We certainly want to focus on things we control, and what we control is how we’re going to prepare ourselves tonight.”
The Avalanche have not reached the playoffs since the 2009-10 season when they lost in the Conference Quarterfinals to the San Jose Sharks.
“I see excitement in the media, but for us we don’t look at ourselves in their position right now,” Roy said. “We’ve missed the playoffs four of the past five years. We have to regain that, the respect of other teams. We’re a long way before we’re getting to where the Red Wings are. It’s amazing what they’ve been doing over the years. They’ve been there every year.”
Roy is going for his own record Thursday night. A victory would give the rookie coach an NHL-record seven consecutive wins to begin a coaching career. He currently shares the record with his former when he played for the Montreal Canadiens, Mario Tremblay.
“It’d be great,” center Matt Duchene said. “He’d have that record over Mario Tremblay, which is pretty funny, very ironic. It’d be great to get it done for him. For ourselves too. It’d be great to go to 7-0.”