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Midseason grade: Avs earn an "A"

Adrian Dater
The Denver Post

So you knew all along the Avalanche would be a first-place team entering the Christmas break, eh? Care to take a polygraph on that?

Because, not even the most sunny-side-up people thought the Avs would be right where they are on Christmas – atop the Northwest Division.

While two games remain until the Avs exactly hit the midway point of the season, the second half unofficially begins tonight at home against Dallas.

Therefore, we bring you a midseason report card of sorts:

It has to be No. 41, goalie Craig Anderson. He’s currently 18-9-5 with a .917 save percentage and three shutouts, and he already has set a career high for appearances in one season (33).

Anderson has faced an awful lot of rubber so far, an average of 32.3 shots per game. He has bailed out a team that hasn’t always been smart with the puck in its own zone, and he’s taken some hard hits in the crease.

For Anderson to have just as good a second half or better, his teammates need to find a way to cut down on the shots against – and make sure teams don’t think he’s a human bowling pin.

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_14071589#ixzz0aoGuufxB

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