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The trade deadline has come and gone once again and that means it’s time to try to overreact to the moves the Avalanche did and did not make. Instead of a regular grades format, I invited Rudo and Evan Rawal to hop in and provide their thoughts and grades on what the Avs did this past week. No need for…...

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After two lethargic games in a row, the Avalanche rediscovered the mojo that led them on a month-long tear as they easily dispatched the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 in the final game of their season series. Colorado finishes their eight-game set against the woeful Ducks with a strong 6-1-1 record with their only two losses coming in the John Gibson Game…...

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This piece was written by guest contributor Dayton Buchanan When General Manager Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche acquired Devon Toews and Brandon Saad this off-season two things were confirmed:  The Avalanche were ready to go all in. Their self-perception matched the public perception, they were legitimate cup contenders, and after years of careful cap-management and asset accumulation, it was…...

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Jonas Johansson has had a hell of a month. He goes from being part of the sewer that is the Buffalo Sabres organization (complete with a beat writer dragging him on social media) to being an emergency backup on the NHL’s best team. That was one thing, but then Johansson failed to stop the first shot he saw in his…...

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Fresh off Evan Rawal suggesting the Avs should trade for Patrik Nemeth on today’s podcast, the Avalanche apparently agreed as they announced a trade of a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Nemeth. Nemeth, now 29, signed with the Red Wings two years ago after a nice run on Colorado’s blue line and is now…...

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Colorado’s 15-game point streak (13-0-2 in that run) came to an end tonight in spectacular fashion as a clearly tired Avalanche team made predictable mental mistakes and they got crushed in the special teams department in an 8-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. You can’t even lean on the familiar villain of Colorado’s losses, the backup goaltender, as Philipp Grubauer…...

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Have I mentioned I’m not even sure what to say during this comically long Avalanche point streak? After extending it to 15 games (13-0-2) with a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild, the Avs are inching closer to clinching a playoff spot with 18 games remaining and an 18-point lead on the fifth-place San Jose Sharks. The Avs moved to…...

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Remember earlier this season when Cale Makar’s inability to score goals was indicative of a team-wide issue as the Avalanche struggled to score but didn’t struggle to generate good looks or hit a few posts every game? It was all of the posts and odd bounces that have gone against Makar that came to mind tonight when he floated a…...

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It’s been very few surprises for the Colorado Avalanche with their college prospects so far as the two highest-profile players have been signed this week. First, Alex Newhook inked a deal with the Avs earlier in the week and just before game time tonight Sampo Ranta agreed to terms with the Avs on his three-year entry-level contract. Ranta just completed…...

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When a team goes 10-0-2 across their last 12 games, all while climbing the standings and eventually pulling dead even with the team that was leading everyone by several points, you expect that club to lose its edge at some point. Against the St. Louis Blues, who are suddenly desperate for points after an injury-ravaged season has forced them into…...

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That was…certainly a hockey game. There are some hockey games that happen and if you were trying to get a friend into hockey, they would be easy sells. Lots of action, goals, hits, fights, fans going nuts, all of the random stuff that happens in hockey that makes it so great. Tonight’s game would probably be too much of a…...

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When Boston College lost in the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament over the weekend, the conversation immediately shifted to how many players the Eagles might lose to the NHL. Having a roster chock full of drafted players is a double-edged sword and this is when it stings the most. After a couple of days of negotiations, the high-end exodus from the…...

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Let’s talk about the schedule. One of the charms (in my eyes, one of the benefits) of the unique schedule this year is very few of the games have the schedule as a storyline. In the normal times (a year into a global pandemic and we still haven’t come up with a cute nickname for the good ol’ days??), teams…...

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The point streak lives! That’s the upside, I suppose. The downside is Vegas retained control of the West Division as they scraped out a 3-2 overtime to stay just one point ahead of Colorado in the standings. Because the season didn’t end today, there are a variety of takeaways here. The Avs now have a 10-game point streak in which…...

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Okay, now what? The Avs had a huge series against Minnesota and they destroyed the Wild to the point where one of their beat writers spent the following week harping on how shots are counted because there was nothing else of substance from that series to delve into. Colorado went to Arizona and pulled three of four points against the…...

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All winning streaks eventually come to an end, right? Tonight, Colorado’s did in a 5-4 shootout loss at the Arizona Coyotes. Having a seven-game streak end on the second night of a back-to-back with your second attempt at a third-string (does that make him fourth string?) goaltender against a team playing with more desperation than you are because they’re on…...

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After a nine-game homestand that saw the Avalanche go 7-1-1 and come within a couple of bounces of going a clean 9-0, Colorado hit the road again on Monday night. It had been a while since the Avs had been somewhere other than the friendly surroundings of Ball Arena and for the first ten minutes or so, they certainly looked…...

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Well then! Thanks to a couple of last-minute surprises, the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament Selection Show actually had some drama attached to it. In previous years, the use of the Pairwise system meant that only tweaks were really required but the field was pretty much set beforehand. With the lack of consistent schedules around the country, the Pairwise system was…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C Didn’t love the fourth line today. It wasn’t a bad game, just a pedestrian one. Bellemare was at his best in the faceoff circle, where he won nine of his 13 draws. He was solid on the PK and had a clean breakaway but couldn’t finish. An average night for PEB. Andre Burakovsky – B Didn’t…...

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There are statement games and there’s whatever the Colorado Avalanche just did to the Minnesota Wild. Following a 5-1 thrashing two nights ago that featured the Avs dropping 54 shots on goal and generally embarrassing the Wild, it was fair to expect some pushback from Minnesota. This was a team that had been playing some of the best hockey in…...

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