DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche leads his team against the Anaheim Ducks during preseason action at Pepsi Center on September 18, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Ducks defeated the Avalanche 2-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
KUSA - What does Patrick Roy hate? Losing. What does he hate more than losing? Losing, again.
When Colorado takes on Edmonton Thursday night - the Avalanche were emphatically dropped by the Oilers 8-2 just weeks ago - the fiery head coach won't disguise his feelings. Roy wants to beat this team badly, even more so than the others. Yet, he isn't about to let that affect his teams preparation or execution.
"It's hard not to think about it, but at the same time I haven't brought it up, and it's not in my intention as well. I don't believe in revenge," Roy said. Call it maturity or experience - the longtime Avalanche goaltender spent 10 years away from the NHL after his retirement - just don't think that passion is subdued. Roy hasn't changed, he's just more aware nowadays.
"Right now, I just want to see us play a good game," he continued.
Following the Edmonton game, Colorado will need to really focus as they go on the road to face some of the Western Conference's toughest teams - Los Angeles, San Jose and Chicago. Annihilating the Oilers would put a smile on Roy's face nonetheless.