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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Gabe Landeskog just smiled at the post-morning skate question: “So, where are you and Matthew Tkachuk going for dinner if the Calgary Flames are your playoff opponent?” Landeskog lost four games of pay last season after cross-checking Tkachuk in the back of the head, an action that might have earned the Avalanche captain a pass-the-hat payment…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – On March 15, the Avalanche lost to the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 at home, and Nikita Zadorov said how the Avs “didn’t deserve it right now” when asked about the playoffs. The Avs looked lifeless, with nothing left but to play out the string on a season gone awry. Saturday morning at the SAP Center here in...

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Greetings from the morning skate, where the Avalanche just finished up its session. We could be talking about a playoff team tonight. Or, we could be talking about a team that needs to go to San Jose and maybe have to win something, even if it’s just one point. The scenario: the Avs’ magic number is 1. One point in...

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In the latest “Avalanche Weekly Breakdown”, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss the amazing fact that the Avs have almost clinched a playoff spot. Also up for discussion: Why Semyon Varlamov might have played his last game as an Av, and: who would the Avs most likely play in the first round? https://youtu.be/iQrrikTleX4

Of course, it was Ryan O’Reilly who made the winning difference in the Avalanche’s 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues Monday night. Did any longtime Avs fan, who have seen a parade of ex-players torture them pretty much from Day 1 since the team moved to Denver in 1995, expect anything different? O’Reilly scored the only goal in...

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Hello from the practice rink, where the Avs held a fairly brief session at Family Sports Center before heading to the airport to fly to St. Louis. No Mikko Rantanen today again. However, Mikko did take to the ice after practice. Not in skates, but in sneakers, gloves and a stick. And, he did a lot of puck-handling, some of...

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In the latest installment of “Avalanche Storytime”, presented by the best hockey bar in town, Bender’s Bar and Grill, Adrian Dater takes a look back to the 1996 Western Conference semifinals against the Chicago Blackhawks, and some of the crazy maladies that afflicted the Blackhawks and helped the Avs on their march to the Stanley Cup. The most famous of the incidents – or infamous, from the Chicago perspective – was the Game 4, double-overtime game in which Blackhawks star Chris Chelios couldn’t play because of an “equipment problem.” https://youtu.be/b2eWfuBEavg

Two players were on the ice together – Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Bourque – and one unleashed a beauty of a wrist shot from the right circle to just inside the far post. If you were laying odds on which player would score the goal, you’d have bet the mortgage on No. 29 instead of 57, right? On a night...

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A quick medical update from Avalanche practice here in Centennial: Mikko Rantanen is not on the ice. That’s obviously not good news. We’ll have more of an update from Jared Bednar after practice. UPDATE: While Rantanen won’t play Wednesday against Vegas, Bednar still indicated he’s day-to-day. Not sure how realistic that really is, as anytime a guy can’t practice at...

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Philipp Grubauer sat at his locker stall, sweat pouring out every pore of his body. “You guys should talk to someone else for a few minutes” Grubauer told a couple of reporters standing by the stall, implying that he needed a bit more of a breather before he started to talk. Finally, after a period in which at one point...

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In the latest installment of the Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss the reasons for the team’s resurgence into the playoff hunt. Also, the latest on Mikko Rantanen’s condition, and what the Avs need to do to take care of their opponent the next two games, the Chicago Blackhawks. https://youtu.be/nSY-tTrQ8QY

Taps were played, the last shovel of dirt was heaved at the coffin and the Colorado Avalanche of 2018-19 was given a proper burial, about a week ago. The Avs were declared dead after a home loss to Anaheim last week, with all attention now on the April 9 NHL draft lottery. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Proclamations of...

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Despite Philipp Grubauer being the hottest goalie in the NHL at the moment (a .980 saves percentage and 0.99 goals-against average in the last five starts), and despite him having a three-year contract and presumably the inside track at being the No. 1 goalie of the Avalanche for the future, there is a strong chance Semyon Varlamov could return to...

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He’s made lots of progress from the concussion he suffered last May. The future really does still seem bright for Conor Timmins. But the young defensive prospect of the Colorado Avalanche will have to wait until this fall to even think about playing in an actual pro hockey game, BSN Denver has learned. While neither the Avs or the Colorado Eagles is expected to make that official, sources tell BSN Denver that Timmins still is not 100 percent recovered from the concussion, and that it would be potentially foolhardy to try and play him in a game this late in either teams’ seasons. There had been significant hope – an expectation really – that Timmins would have been ready by…

It sure sucked to see the Minnesota Wild’s playoff chances thrown a major wrench in the gears tonight by the Colorado Avalanche, didn’t it? If the Avs miss the playoffs, but also cause the Wild to miss them based off this 3-1 win tonight in their barn? That won’t suck, will it? The grades: Mikko Rantanen (B+) – No points,...

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In the latest “Avalanche Weekly Breakdown”, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss what went wrong in Monday’s loss to Carolina, but also take a look at some of the positive things to come out of the night. Also up for discussion: How have the guys tasked to step up in the absence of Gabe Landeskog done so far? And, who will start in goal Friday night against Anaheim – Grubauer or Varlamov? https://youtu.be/U1cDhuZBUsg

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