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The Avalanche did not practice today, which I probably find a little odd, since they’ve been off so long already since knocking off the Flames. But they’ll be back at it Thursday at Family Sports Center, then jet off to San Jose for Game 1 of Round 2, Friday night at SAP Center. Coach Jared Bednar did have a brief…...

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So, OK then. Just when everybody was pricing weekend flights to Las Vegas, the Golden Knights blow a three-goal lead with half a period to play, then tie it in the final minute, then lose in OT to the San Jose Sharks. That might have been the most amazing comeback I’ve ever seen. Or, the biggest choke I’ve ever seen....

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Colin Wilson is like the vast majority of hockey players in that he takes a nap before every game he plays. Unlike most hockey players, before and after every nap Wilson puts a metallic headband around his head, with an external wire connected to an app called Muse on his smartphone. To the manufactured sounds of rain falling in a...

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It’s all happening, isn’t it? I probably speak for a lot of Avalanche watchers: it’s all happened a little too fast to properly process, hasn’t it? Who cares, enjoy it. Let’s get to the Game 5 grades: Mikko Rantanen (X) – So good, he was filthy. Two goals, one assist, just money in the clutch in this one and every...

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In the latest installment of the Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy talk about the Avs’ wild and woolly two games at the Pepsi Center, and look ahead to Game 5 in Calgary and a potential close-out game. Do the Avs have what it takes to close the deal? Adrian and Allie discuss. https://youtu.be/3XMfYBKTA3c

His ice time in normal situations is, well, normal. His ice time when the Avalanche needs a big goal is: however much he wants. J.T. Compher lives for the clutch moments. In his DNA, he’s got that gene that stays cool and calm in emergency situations, while others get jittery and panicky. When the Avs needed a tying goal in...

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Well, did everyone have a good time this week at the Pepsi Center? How are those vocal cords right now? The grades: Mikko Rantanen (A) – The hero of this one. His great tip with 2:50 left tied it up, and you saw what he did in OT with that lethal one-timer of his. Like a lot of Avs, he didn’t seem to have much jump in the first 30 minutes of the game, but, boy, did he make up for it. Nathan MacKinnon (B+) – The Flames did a better job taking away his shooting lanes in this one, especially on the power play. But he still had a heck of a night. His lead pass on the tying…

Greetings from the Pepsi Center, where Game 4 happens tonight (8 p.m.). The lineup stuff: Derick Brassard (ill) and Sam Girard (upper body) again will not play tonight. Girard did skate in a non-contact jersey, while Brassard was nowhere to be seen. Jared Bednar also said that there could be a change or two in the forward lines from the...

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Clay Riddell and N. Murray Edwards are listed as the co-owners of the Calgary Flames. Add Nathan MacKinnon’s name temporarily to the list. From the overtime session of Game 2 in Calgary, through the three periods of Game 3, MacKinnon has claimed dominion over a Flames defense that looks like a bum steer stuck in the mud at the Calgary...

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If someone off the street who didn’t know Cale Makar went up to him and made some small talk like, “So what did you do this weekend?”, the newest member of the Avalanche would have said: “Oh, nothing much. I was in Buffalo, where I played two NCAA Frozen Four games. On Friday, I won the NCAA college player of...

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CALGARY, Alberta – It was all drawn up nice by Jared Bednar on his waxy chalkboard. His Avalanche team would win a faceoff and score the tying goal in a playoff game against the Calgary Flames, then hope to go on and win from there. That’s exactly what happened – except none of it really went as planned. “It was...

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It was a classic playoff game, one that went to overtime. And get this: the Avs won it. The grades: Mikko Rantanen (B+) – Two assists, including on the game-winner. He started off a little slow again, just like Game 1, but definitely got better as the game went along. It’ll be interesting to see if he stays with Landeskog and...

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First off, a Faustian Bargain is: damned if you do, damned if you don’t. The Avalanche, it would seem, have one on their hands. If they DO sign Cale Makar to a contract tonight or tomorrow, and he DOES play one minute for the Avs in these playoffs, the phenom defenseman prospect automatically burns a year off his entry-level contract...

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CALGARY, Alberta – When the NCAA championship game finishes between the University of Massachusetts and Minnesota-Duluth Saturday night, the Avalanche plan to try to immediately sign top prospect Cale Makar to an entry-level NHL contract, BSN Denver has learned. It should be an easy sell. The most Makar can make for his first three years, excluding bonuses, is $925,000 per...

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When in doubt on what can ail a hockey team offensively, no one better to quote than the Great One.  “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” Wayne Gretzky supposedly once said. Someone should plaster that quote all over the walls of the Avalanche dressing room before Game 2 against the Calgary Flames Saturday night. A gettable game,...

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CALGARY, Alberta – Hello, all, from the Saddledome. Tonight, the Avs will start their 32nd playoff round since moving to Denver in 1995, and I’ve been blessed to have covered all of them. I’ve missed two games in that whole run – one in 1998 against Edmonton, when my grandmother died and I went back east, and one in 2008...

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Does everybody feel foolish now, rooting hard for the Ottawa Senators to lose all season long? The Avalanche proved again Tuesday night that owning the rights to the lottery pick of the worst team in the NHL doesn’t matter much when it comes to getting that cherished top pick, as the Avs struck out with the ping-pong balls and will...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Let’s do something of a travelog piece here, on this Saturday in April. Most of what you’ll hear on this piece of content are interviews of Avs players, before the game today in San Jose and after the game. There’s some decent stuff, including Big Z talking about how “dirty” the series with the Flames might...

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