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Depth is really important in the NHL, but I would venture a guess that on at least seven out of every 10 games that an NHL team plays, the results will follow how a team’s best players do. In tonight’s 6-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, we saw Colorado’s best players fail to really show up and impact the game…...

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We knew the Colorado Avalanche were going to struggle with a bout against complacency in the final two weeks of the regular season after clinching both the division title and top seed in the conference last weekend. What we’ve seen since that surprisingly scintillating win over Carolina is a Colorado team that has shifted into the mindset of making sure…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B My problem with NAK has too often been his biggest contribution being in the first period and then he just does nothing. Not the case tonight. I really liked his game throughout and his physicality showed why he is a legitimate option for the lineup in the postseason. He can handle that kind of game. Andre…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – D I don’t really have much on NAK tonight. It was a quiet night but when you spend the entire game in your own zone defending, it’s tough to make too much of a mark, I suppose. Andre Burakovsky – C I really liked Burakovsky last night but tonight was really all the bad stuff in his…...

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You already know the platitudes I’m going to throw at you after tonight’s gutsy 2-1 win in the shootout by the Avalanche over the Edmonton Oilers. On the second night of a back-to-back in which they flew in from Winnipeg following their overtime tilt last night to play a rested team in their own barn who needs the points in…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C- Giving him the slight bump for his goal despite it being as lucky as it was. He seems to do all of his damage early in games and then totally disappear. Some of that is usage, of course, but it’s interesting the way he fades during games. Andre Burakovsky – A A goal and an assist.…...

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It’s that time of year where I’m not really sure what to make of games as the Avalanche are clearly in cruise control to a second straight division title and maybe even another President’s Trophy (Florida has decided to stop losing at all costs, though, so we’ll see how that race shapes up) and are taking the last-gasp shots from…...

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Knowing they have a very busy summer ahead with some big decisions on the table, the Avalanche got their second piece of business done yesterday when they announced that Kurtis MacDermid had re-signed for two more years. The contract comes in at two years, $1.975M, which breaks down to an AAV of $987,500 per year. The 28-year-old utility player was…...

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As the Avalanche was locking down a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to secure their berth into the postseason, I couldn’t help but think about the team they share Ball Arena with, the Denver Nuggets. You see, the Nuggets are having a pretty respectable season with a potential back-to-back MVP in Nikola Jokic and he’s lived up to every…...

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You know, when news dropped that Nathan MacKinnon was heading back to Denver with an upper-body injury that potentially (probably?) stemmed from his fight with Matt Dumba two days ago, it was the exact kind of thing that has consistently gone the way of the Calgary Flames this year. The Flames have gotten the benefit of the league’s worst division,…...

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The Avs entered today’s early-evening tilt in Minnesota in sort of an odd spot in their season. The teams on their schedule are predominantly playoff teams fighting for seeding or for a playoff spot at all. It isn’t a soft spot against weaker competition by any means. With that in mind, the Avs are missing several players who will be…...

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Go back one week in time when the Avs had lost four of their last six games but were coming off a 3-0 shutout of the Calgary Flames, the west’s other top team and primary contender for supremacy in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was a good game from the Avs, but the usual pockmarks were still there. By…...

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What to even say about that game? Colorado’s 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks had a little bit of everything in it, from Nathan MacKinnon having the quietest three-point night of his life to Cale Makar taking another star turn and building on his impressive Norris Trophy credentials to Val Nichushkin setting a well-deserved career-high in points. You also…...

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Hockey sure is easy when you score all the goals in the game, isn’t it? For the second straight game, the Avalanche rolled to a 3-0 shutout as the skaters for Colorado took a patient approach with a very banged up Los Angeles Kings roster and waited for mistakes to shake loose and then pounce. That’s exactly how this played…...

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Well, the writing had been on the wall for a bit here and after the last two trade deadlines of close calls, Tyson Jost’s tenure in Colorado has officially ended with the trade today that sent him to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Nico Sturm. The how’s and why’s of Jost never developing into the top-six forward many…...

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I could write you the press release version of the Avalanche acquiring Josh Manson from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Drew Helleson and a 2023 second-round pick, but grading things is just what we do here at DNVR so I’m doing that instead. It’s important to note that Anaheim is eating half of Manson’s salary, which helps preserve…...

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It was a big news day for the Colorado Avalanche as they got back on the ice after a disappointing three-game road trip that saw them go 1-2. The most surprising news of the day was Gabe Landeskog’s decision to have knee surgery and will be out indefinitely, though that just means there is currently no clear timeline for a…...

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That was a hell of a hockey game. During the course of the 82-game regular season, there are always a few that stand out ahead of the others. Colorado’s 2-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight will absolutely be one of those games we look back on and remember that this one was just a bit different. Without a goal…...

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I like when games unfold that are pretty straightforward and easy to write about. The Avs have played so many odd games this season that tonight’s 5-3 loss to the Devils feels almost refreshing to write about simply because it boils down to a couple of hard facts that produced the result. Those facts: The Avs did not play quality…...

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