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“Playoffs, you start over, right? Your stats from the regular season don’t matter. In fact, your postseason stats don’t matter at all. For us, it’s about wins and losses.” Colorado Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog started his postgame presser by throwing the numbers from Colorado’s 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 out the window entirely. Coming from…...

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here. The Colorado Avalanche, winner of the President’s Trophy as the league’s top regular-season team, opens up their first-round matchup tomorrow night against the St. Louis Blues. Despite the Avs going 5-3 against the Blues in their eight matchups throughout the season, many are nervous about the possible matchup problems presented by the Blues as…...

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No Nathan MacKinnon, no problem, apparently. With the Avalanche coming into tonight’s game with everything from being the third seed to possibly clinching the President’s Trophy on the line, no MacKinnon was looming over everything. How would Colorado do without the driver of its offensive engine? Uh, well, just fine as it turns out as the Avs won 6-0 in…...

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Listening to Jared Bednar dissect his team’s performance in postgame pressers has always been something I’ve enjoyed over the years. He’s honest and isn’t afraid to be pointed with his criticism and he tends to be a little more thorough than other coaches. It was that history that made his immediate comments following Colorado’s 2-1 win over Vegas stand out…...

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Last night, the Avalanche toppled the Kings with a 3-2 win that was driven by a number of young players coming into their own. It was a validation of Colorado’s draft and development program, something that has been very hit-or-miss over the years. Tonight’s 3-2 win over Los Angeles by the Avs is a good example of how different things…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C I’ll be real and admit I didn’t see a lot from that fourth line tonight. Pretty much even in shot share and with only a minute of PK time available, his role was minimized throughout. Andre Burakovsky – B Loved most of his game. Zone entries were a lot cleaner and he was playing with some…...

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If you hopped into a time machine and traveled back to draft night in 2016 and watched the Avs select Tyson Jost with the 10th pick and then came back to 2021 without any knowledge of what happened in that time, seeing the Avs start the game with Jost centering Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen would not have been a…...

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After finding their way to their first comeback win of the year (at least in terms of entering the third period trailing and finding a way to win), the Avalanche did the exact opposite tonight. Entering the game with a 27-0-1 record when entering the third period with a lead, Colorado blew what had been a 2-0 lead at one…...

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I wrote about what an odd game it was two nights ago in their 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks and how it was defined by so many things you just don’t see very often in a single game. Tonight was headed for loss by the Avs to those same Sharks and was also weird but for very different…...

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Remember way back in 2017 when the Colorado Avalanche drafted Cale Makar fourth overall and put the franchise on a completely different trajectory? Of course you do. What gets lost in the shuffle sometimes is what the Avs did next. With the first pick of the second round, they selected a player they had ranked in the middle of the…...

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When your top line generates 23 shots on goal and scores three goals, you had better walk out of the contest with two points. The Avalanche did exactly that tonight as they secured a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks that has a final score much closer than the on-ice action would suggest. To put it mildly, this was…...

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The Colorado Avalanche won tonight. It was a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks. By virtue of Vegas losing to Arizona tonight and Minnesota losing to St. Louis the last two nights (one in overtime), much of the frustration from the now-dead three-game losing has been soothed as the Avalanche firmed up their position in second place while staying…...

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Following two straight losses in St. Louis to the suddenly-surging Blues, Colorado rolled into Vegas to take on the Golden Knights in a matchup anticipated by everyone. These are two teams everyone views as Stanley Cup contenders and the two likeliest teams to come out of the West Division in the postseason. With Vegas four points up on Colorado in…...

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The Colorado Eagles have become a comfortable home for first-round picks of the Avalanche this year and that only gets truer today as Colorado’s top selection from the 2020 draft has signed his entry-level contract and joined the Eagles. Justin Barron, 19, has always been on the fast track to the AHL due to his age and high level of…...

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Sometimes you can just feel a stinker of a game coming up. It’s been a while since the Avalanche really had one (the 8-3 loss at Minnesota to end their point streak certainly qualifies) but tonight’s 4-1 loss was the first time since maybe opening night where it felt like they weren’t even competitive. There were those few minutes in…...

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Afternoon games have the reputation of producing some wild contests and today’s Avalanche-Blues matinee affair certainly lived up to it. While the Avalanche fell short in a 5-3 loss and had their five-game winning streak snapped, it was a weird one from the very beginning. Colorado scored two goals in the first four minutes of the game, then watched the…...

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Remembering back to the first game of the season, a tough 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on home ice, really gives you a sense of how this Colorado Avalanche season has developed. That night, the Avs opened the season as Cup favorites, a team facing real expectations after they fell just short of making a conference finals appearance…...

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For the second time this season, the Colorado Avalanche has been forced to pause their season as they try to handle a COVID outbreak on the team. Joonas Donskoi became the third member of the Avs to test positive in the last eight days. The league decided to have the Avs continue to play despite positive tests from Bowen Byram…...

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Every regular season is a story with dramatic twists and turns. It’s never a straight line. For the Avalanche, this season has largely been the story of Philipp Grubauer, whose steady presence and excellence in net has helped shaped them into one of the NHL’s very best teams. Grubauer’s play has elevated him into the Vezina Trophy conversation for the…...

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Tonight’s game featured: A scrum in front of the Colorado net that resulted in an on-ice call of no goal, which was reviewed for several minutes and determined that it was a good goal for Arizona despite no camera angles showing the puck ever crossing the net That goal was immediately challenged by Colorado for goaltender interference, which was granted…...

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