It was a bit of a crazy season a year ago for Paul Stastny. He had perhaps the poorest stretch of hockey statistically in his career, yet he still played in the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C.

As usual, he created no controversy for himself or the Avalanche, being a consummate pro and a good teammate. Yet his father created a bit of a firestorm with some outspoken comments after the Avs' trade on Feb. 18 of Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk? and a draft choice to St. Louis.

After Colorado's Sunday practice at the Honda Center, Stastny acknowledged his season was something akin to the "California Screamin'?" roller coaster at nearby Disneyland.

"We definitely had some ups and downs. Right now, it feels a lot better, being more up than down," said Stastny, whose team has won two in a row on the road and nine of its last 10 at home entering tonight's game with the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

Stastny continues to try to get his game back to where he wants, which means being a bigger offensive threat.

The Avs will be counting on him more now that young forward and second-leading scorer Matt Duchene? is lost at least a month with an injured left knee. While Stastny has not scored a goal in the last five games and has only one assist, he's been even or plus in all five games (plus-2 overall) and has 12 shots in his last three games.

"As long as the chances keep coming, I know some of them will start going in," Stastny said. "We've been winning, and it feels like we're getting a lot of chances as a team right now and we're getting some to go in the net and getting great defense and goaltending."