The Colorado Avalanche were once a very important franchise in the National Hockey League. Not only were they a team that drew decent ratings, they also formed one half of the vaunted Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry that ruled the NHL of the late 90s and early 00s.
Colorado has fallen on hard times in recent years, and it has reflected in the fans interest in watching the club-owned Altitude Network. The Avs averaged a 0.85 rating in Denver last season, and were one of only three American NHL clubs to actually see its ratings go down during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season.
However, with a member of those glory days editions of the Avs behind the bench in Patrick Roy, and an envious amount of young talent (Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly and 2013 No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon) the team appears to be headed on the road back, at least when it comes to television. A six-game winning streak before last night's first loss of the campaign certainly doesn't hurt.