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For the first time in a few weeks, Avs fans finally got a little bit of good news on the injury front on Saturday.

Philipp Grubauer, Mikko Rantanen, and Nikita Zadorov all hit the ice for the first time since their injuries, which is a step in the right direction.

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Erik Johnson – B I feel like we’re at the point where if you don’t notice EJ out there, he’s doing his job, and he did that for over 23 minutes tonight. A quietly solid game from him. His guy ended up scoring on the first goal of the night, but that was a very flukey bounce to begin with.…...

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The hits keep coming. The Avalanche held an optional practice on Friday, but the big news of the day came after practice when coach Jared Bednar announced Nikita Zadorov would be out “indefinitely” due to the injury he suffered from taking a puck to the face in Thursday’s blowout victory over Nashville. While Bednar did not confirm the injury itself,…...

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Erik Johnson – A EJ showed tonight he’s still got some offensive goods if he chooses to use them. He gave Watson the old shimmy before going around him and having Donskoi deflect his shot into the net. The first two assists of the season for EJ in this one. Cale Makar – A+ Someone had to set the tone…...

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Erik Johnson – C I thought EJ was moving a lot better tonight, especially in the offensive zone. Nothing really came of it but it was nice to see. He did take a penalty in the second period after some nice stick handling work but I’m not sure if it was EJ who tripped the guy or the ref. Cale…...

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We can officially call this a slump.

One night after head coach Jared Bednar ripped into his team publicly, the Colorado Avalanche came out with a whimper, giving up 17 shots in the first period alone and left the period down by two on their way to a 3-0 shutout loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

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When you only play half the game, it's hard to come out on top. That was the message from coach Jared Bednar after the Avs lost their fourth out of the last five, falling to the Dallas Stars by a score of 2-1.

How did each player perform? Let's find out...

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Vladislav Kamenev waited patiently. The 23-year-old Russian has consistently been one of the first guys on the ice before practice, and always one of the last off. Whether it’s working with Shawn Allard on little things to improve his game, or helping Jussi Parkkila with his goalie drills, he’s done everything and more to be prepared for when the Avs…...

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Erik Johnson – C+ EJ is becoming a difficult guy to grade, but you almost have to accept that there isn’t going to be a ton of offense from him at this point in his career. At one point in the second period, the puck got to EJ in the offensive zone after a good bit of possession, and it…...

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Erik Johnson – A A quiet, strong game from the Avs leader on the blueline. He led the Avs in ice time, but because the game was so out of hand, the Avs were able to limit his ice to under 22 minutes, which is huge with another game tomorrow night. Cale Makar – A The Avs wanted Makar to…...

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The mystery is over.

Head Coach Jared Bednar hinted at it yesterday, but the first guy to get a shot at playing on the top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog in Mikko Rantanen's absence? J.T. Compher.

The 24 year old Illinois native isn't looking to change his game too much, as he knows what makes him successful.

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The news could have been worse. Much worse.

Jared Bednar announced on Wednesday afternoon that Mikko Rantanen will be "week to week" with a lower body injury. While that's not the news any Avs fan wanted to hear, there did seem to be a sense of optimism around the Avs that it's not as bad as they originally may have feared.

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Erik Johnson – D The Avs only mustered up one even-strength shot on goal while EJ was on the ice. Obviously, he’s not all to blame, but like many of his teammates, nothing happened with him out there. Zero shot attempts from him on the evening, which is something he has consistently been bringing this season. Cale Makar – C-…...

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Erik Johnson – A- A shot-blocking monster tonight, he got in front of two straight Stamkos bombs and looked to be in some pain but didn’t ever leave the game. He made some mistakes with the puck but ultimately played a very solid game overall, and had strong shot metrics. Cale Makar – C A much better showing. He looked…...

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Erik Johnson – C Another up and down game for EJ. He, like most of the defense, had a really tough first period and calmed down after that. He ended the night with five shot attempts at even strength, which is pretty strong. Had an inexplicable icing late in the game that could have cost the team but didn’t. He’s…...

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Four goals in 9:25. That was all it took for the Avs to set the tone on Monday afternoon in their matchup with the Washington Capitals. Erik Johnson, Nikita Zadorov, Nazem Kadri, and Mikko Rantanen scored within the first half of the first period, and from there, the Avs did just enough to hold on and come out of the…...

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A four goal outburst in the first 9:25 of the game was just the start the Avalanche needed in Washington, as that red hot start gave them a nice cushion as they held on to beat the Washington Capitals by a score of 6-3. Erik Johnson – A- EJ played a ton, almost 27 minutes overall, with varying degrees of…...

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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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