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Coming off their first two-game losing streak since October, the Avalanche walked into the new home of the New York Islanders looking to further sink the disappointing season of the Isles and turn around the woes of their last five days. A tough-luck loss to the Arizona Coyotes and then a thrilling overtime loss to the Flames wasn’t the ideal…...

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The Avalanche finished up their four-game road trip with a 3-1 record after a tidy 5-2 win tonight over the Detroit Red Wings in Little Caesars Arena. It finished off the Avalanche schedule against the Atlantic Division with a comical 12-3-1 record with only one of those losses coming after the first week of December. That loss was the 5-1…...

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It hasn’t happened very often this year but the Colorado Avalanche got smoked today in a game that was never all as close as the final score might indicate. Given that the Avs lost 5-1 to the Boston Bruins, it’s pretty telling how poorly they played that it probably should have been worse. Darcy Kuemper is the guy who is…...

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Darcy Kuemper – C+ Sometimes in a game there isn’t really a great save out there for a goalie to make and today definitely counts as that type of game. Kuemper got beaten twice by great Thompson shots and one that wasn’t nearly as good. He was aces in the third period of a tied game and the guys in…...

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Afternoon games are just weird. This year’s Avalanche team has largely bucked convention and just won games anyway regardless of the history of a challenging situation they’ve found themselves in. Today’s 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres is much of the same, though it certainly didn’t as easily as…...

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I remember where I was when Patrick Roy quit on the Colorado Avalanche in August of 2016. I was getting in my car to drive to the Colorado Media School to record a podcast with my old pod partner, J.J. Jerez. We weren’t sure what to talk about in early August as we waited for training camp to open a…...

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There’s nothing in the NHL quite like when two teams meet up in the regular season after a contentious playoff series. Players, coaches, fans, front office people, everyone feels the little extra juice involved in running it back against a team you just went to war with in the last run of the postseason gauntlet. Last year’s Colorado-Vegas series was…...

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On Super Bowl Sunday, the NHL had the brilliant (I’m not being sarcastic) idea to blow off a morning of talking about something that’s going to happen later and have a handful of NHL teams play make-up games from the waves of COVID that crashed onto the league’s shores during December. One of those games took what would have been…...

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The Colorado Avalanche hit the All-Star break on a disappointing note with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes but find themselves near the top of the NHL and leading the Central Division by a comfortable margin so it wasn’t all bad. Now that there are a few days in between games, it seemed like as good a time…...

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Sports gambling has taken hold of the entire sporting world in part because of the thrill of trying to predict the future in the notoriously unpredictable world of games. Tonight’s Avalanche loss to the Arizona Coyotes was one that saw the crumbling of countless parlays and the end of two lengthy streaks, 18 straight at home and 10 straight overall.…...

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In a month that has seen the Avalanche climb the record books with a 17-game home winning streak, they also moved into a tie for second place for the most wins in a month with their 14th win in January. It is a record for most wins in January, however, which is nice. When the Avs host the Buffalo Sabres…...

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The Avalanche finished up the first half of their regular-season schedule with a thrilling comeback win against the Boston Bruins last night. They end the first half where they ended the regular season last year: First place. As the second half schedule begins with Friday night’s roadie in Chicago, let’s see what the Avs gang has to say about the…...

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You remember in that movie “The Prestige” where two magicians are having an epic battle to see how they can one-up each other and one of them comes up with a trick the other simply can’t explain and it turns out to be something truly dark and twisted that pushed the one magician ahead of the other? That’s what this…...

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I’ve been struggling with what to write about tonight’s Avalanche win over the Los Angeles Kings. You see, I went with the whole “goaltender steals the show” angle last night when the Avs beat the Anaheim Ducks, so it’s hard to go back to the well. The reality is, this was Darcy Kuemper’s game. Unlike last night in Anaheim, the…...

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As this Colorado Avalanche season has gone on, it’s been a lot of different ways of winning for the home squad here in Denver. Historically, teams will tell you that more is learned from the losses and those painful lessons can only be acquired by falling down and getting up. After winning the President’s Trophy last year as the NHL’s…...

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Darcy Kuemper – INC Never got a chance to really get into the game despite playing into the second period. He was doing okay even with the first goal against but then Greenway smoked him and the concussion protocol took place. Just hope he’s okay. Pavel Francouz – A It’s hard for a goalie to come in cold to a…...

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Darcy Kuemper – A+ He didn’t have a lot to do but he got his first shutout as an Av. Why even bother trying to nitpick this? Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C+ Did his job just fine but didn’t stand out in any kind of way. A solid night for NAK but just that. Andre Burakovsky – B+ Big steal led…...

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Pavel Francouz – B The truth here is that his play in regulation wasn’t great. Two of the goals that got by him had issues and the other my main problem was that he wasn’t even close. Then he was stellar at the end of regulation, in overtime, and locked it down in the shootout. What more can you ask…...

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Well, the Avs won again. Their home winning streak is now up to 13 after they won a more-exciting-than-expected shootout contest against the Arizona Coyotes to cap off a 4-3 win that had a little of everything in it. Special teams played a major role as Colorado’s atrocious penalty kill finally stepped up as the Avs killed off two minutes…...

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The NHL announced the rosters for this year’s NHL All-Star Game in Vegas in the first week of February. As expected, Nathan MacKinnon was named the captain of the Central Division as a result of the NHL’s All-Star Fan Vote. It will be MacKinnon’s fifth All-Star Game appearance and his third straight as the captain of the division. MacKinnon and…...

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