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Drenched in sweat, Samuel Girard looked exhausted after the Avs 3-2 overtime victory against the Arizona Coyotes. Having just played a team-high 23:52 in the win, would you blame him for being tired? Watching him on the ice, it sure doesn’t look like he wears down at all. “I think they have a lot of confidence in me and for…...

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A relatively tame game through two periods took off in the third, with the Avs and Coyotes combining for four goals in the final 20, forcing the game to overtime, where Andre Burakovsky would end it with a beautiful shot. With the 3-2 victory, the Avs start the season 4-0 as they head onto a season-long road trip. How did…...

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It wasn’t their prettiest game of the season, but the Avs got it done against a very good Boston Bruins team, winning 4-2 behind a tremendous performance from their goaltender Philipp Grubauer. The Avs are now off to a perfect 3-0 start and look to finish off the homestand on Saturday night with another win against the Arizona Coyotes. How…...

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When the Avs clinched the wild card spot in 2018 in the final game of the regular season with an empty netter, there were some big names on the ice. Nathan MacKinnon. Gabriel Landeskog. Mikko Rantanen. Another guy who was on the ice protecting the lead? Mark Barberio. It’s easy to forget that Barberio, after being picked up on waivers…...

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It was the story of training camp, but Conor Timmins’ time in the NHL is over…for now. Averaging just 10:25 of ice time in the first two games of the season, and not quite having the trust of the coaching staff late in games, the Avs are sending the 21-year-old Timmins to the Colorado Eagles of the AHL to get…...

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Led by four goals from their Finnish-born players, the Colorado Avalanche started their season on the right foot by taking down the Calgary Flames at home by a score of 5-3. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Erik Johnson – C+:  The veteran of the Avs blueline led the team in time on ice with 23:14, a good…...

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Things are going to look a little different for the Avs on the penalty kill, at least to start the year. With Ian Cole missing the start of the season due to offseason double hip surgery, and Patrik Nemeth off to Detroit in free agency, the Avs will be without their two leading defenders in shorthanded time on ice per…...

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You couldn’t wipe the smile off Gabe Landeskog’s face. “It felt good,” Landeskog said about reuniting on the ice with his linemate Mikko Rantanen. “He’s a big part of our team, no doubt about it, and on top of just being a good player and having one of your top players back, it’s a good friend that comes back,…...

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Patrick Wiercioch. Eric Gelinas. Fedor Tyutin. It wasn’t that long ago that the Avalanche, desperate for defensive help, would take a chance on just about anyone with a pulse to step in, hoping that something would click and they would make a difference on their blue line. If training camp this year is any indication, the Avs won’t be needing…...

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A young Avalanche roster went into Las Vegas and put the clamps on the Golden Knights, holding them to very little offense and coming out with a 4-1 victory. The Avs ground the Knights into submission and gave them very little room to do anything. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Matt Calvert – A: One of the few…...

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On most days, Avs head coach Jared Bednar is very calm, and at least to the public, won’t praise a player too much. On Sunday night, Bednar didn’t hold back. Shane Bowers has made quite the impression on him. “I thought he was excellent both nights. Excellent.” And that was just the beginning. “Bigger, stronger, faster than he was last…...

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Breaking their goose egg this preseason, the Colorado Avalanche were able to get on the board, coming out ahead of the Minnesota Wild by a score of 3-2 in a shootout. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Dan Renouf – B-: I’m not sure Renouf has much of a shot at making the team, but he’s making an impression…...

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Fresh off his best showing in an Avalanche uniform, Martin Kaut wasn’t resting on his laurels. After Friday’s practice, Kaut didn’t head to the locker room early. Instead, he stayed out late and spent some solo time with Avs skills coach Shawn Allard. Kaut would sit in the slot with his stick down while Allard would launch low shots, with…...

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Playing a more veteran lineup, with many of their NHL regulars dressing up front, the Colorado Avalanche put up 47 shots in regulation but were unable to beat either Dallas goaltender more than once, losing by a score of 2-1. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Cale Makar – B: Crazy to think this is Makar’s first preseason game…...

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The Colorado Avalanche opened the preseason with a disappointing 5-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Coach Bednar was looking for some of the younger players to step up and make him take notice but came away less than impressed, unable to name any standouts after the game. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Jayson Megna – C: A…...

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“They’ve got something to prove, for me.” Those were the words of Jared Bednar on the eve of Avalanche training camp last week when asked about A.J. Greer and Vladislav Kamenev. While the two of them have had very different paths in the Avs organization, both are in the most pivotal training camps of their careers. No longer on their…...

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Like all of the players, Joonas Donskoi found himself huffing and puffing after the annual conditioning testing on Friday morning. Being one of the Avs new additions, and one who has made many trips to the Pepsi Center on the opposing team, I had to ask: Is the altitude effect a real thing? “It’s real,” Donskoi said after the…...

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Most players are happy to answer when you ask how their summer went. The ever polite Sam Girard, still only 21-years-old, doesn’t want it to just be a one-way conversation. “It was good, spent my summer in Quebec back home,” Girard said, before picking his head up and looking at me. “Yours?” That’s the type of person Girard is.…...

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Exhausted and dripping in sweat, Andre Burakovsky sat in his locker with his head down. Just having gotten his first taste of the grueling annual conditioning tests that Jared Bednar likes to give his team, the 24-year-old Swede just needed a minute to recover. As soon as his wind came back to him, he wanted to make one thing clear:…...

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