Colorado Avalanche brace for Tampa Bay Lightning

The Colorado Avalanche have long tried to turn into the Tampa Bay Lightning.

it's the Lightning remaining between the Avalanche and their most memorable Stanley Cup win starting around 2001.

Tampa Bay's greatness is what these Avalanche have been pursuing.

it's reachable - - if by some stroke of good luck they can depose the NHL's heavyweights.

"The way I look at it is, to be the best you've got to expect to be able to beat the best," Avs coach Jared Bednar said Sunday.

Colorado has proactively placed in the foundation there.

Colorado has been idle since securing the Clarence Campbell Bowl on June 6

"It's exciting to be playing and knowing that you're one of the final two teams," Landeskog said.