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Andre Burakovsky – B It’s wild that Burky ended with seven shot attempts, and yet the one that frustrated me the most is the one he didn’t take at the end, instead dropping it to Erik Johnson, who wasn’t in a shooting position. Burky had a really solid game otherwise, although I just don’t love him a ton on the…...

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The Avs started their season without superstar center Nathan MacKinnon and head coach Jared Bednar. Now, they’re going to be without their captain. The NHL Department of Safety announced on Thursday afternoon that Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended for two games for a hit late in the season opener on Kirby Dach. On the ice, the refs gave Landeskog two…...

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Andre Burakovsky – C+ I liked Burky a lot in the first period. Made the nice feed cross-ice to Johnson for his breakaway goal, and had some nice passes. After that, there were some struggles. He was put in a weird spot behind the net on the power play and had a tough turnover at his own blue line that…...

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Jack Johnson – D Well we’re starting to see the cracks in his game that have plagued him his entire career. Poor decisions with the puck and just getting lost in his own end on cycle. On the fourth Vegas goal, he was with Karlsson, and then suddenly lost him and was covering no one, and Karlsson ended up scoring.…...

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Jack Johnson – C It was a bit of a step back for JJ in this one. He took another penalty, which was a pretty blatant interference that he didn’t disguise all that well, considering the ref was about five feet away. Penalties may be a concern when the regular season starts. Beyond that, it was a little more sloppy…...

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Artem Anisimov – D For a guy who’s fighting to keep his NHL career alive, it sure doesn’t look like there’s a whole lot left in the tank. Played over six minutes of power-play time and did nothing with it other than fumbling a few passes. The reality is that he was once a real solid NHL player, but time…...

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Having only been able to suit up for 13 games over the course of the last 18 months, it was a welcome sight to see Erik Johnson on the ice (and healthy) when the Avs opened training camp on Thursday. The person most excited for it, obviously, was Johnson himself. “I’m just excited to get back out there and be…...

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The Avs finished their rookie tournament in Arizona with a record of 2-1, winning their final two games after getting shut out in the opener. Rather than put together tournament grades for all players, we figured it would be easier to just look at the players who stood out, the ones who struggled, and the ones who were in between.…...

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https://twitter.com/ltcpain75/status/1435389502290288644?s=20 Absolutely. I anticipate the Kadri we see this season will be extremely motivated. For one, he’s a pending unrestricted free agent, so there’s a lot for him to gain if he has a really strong season. Having played on a pretty team-friendly deal for the last handful of years, you know he’d like to cash in on what is…...

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Deadlines spur action, and both sides sure waited until the last second, but it’s done with. With a little over 20 minutes to spare, the Avs and Gabriel Landeskog came to an eight-year agreement totaling $56 million to keep the Captain of the team around for most of the next decade. The deadline where teams could offer their pending unrestricted…...

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https://twitter.com/Gaspar5280/status/1416390682332188673?s=20 This one is pretty easy for me. The whole point of this league is to win a championship, right? Sure, you have to deal with some mediocrity for a little bit, but it’s very difficult to win in this league, and as a fan, to see a championship in your lifetime is something you never forget. Give me the…...

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In a move that comes following reports that the Avalanche and Gabriel Landeskog’s camp are far apart in contract negotiations, it is now expected that Landeskog, the Avs captain, will be left unprotected in the expansion draft. With the trading this week of Ryan Graves, it’s clear the three defensemen the Avs will protect in the expansion draft to be…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B Bellemare was out there on the game-winning goal for Vegas, and the forwards on the ice were a jumbled mess all around but felt he had a good night overall. Picked up the primary assist on the Burakovsky goal and played well. Andre Burakovsky – C- Why didn’t we see more of that shot this series?…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C Really didn’t play much in the last half of the game, but spent a lot of time defending in the first period, and had a bad icing in the first when he had a chance to hit his teammates for an odd-man rush. Jumped up a bit in the second. Andre Burakovsky – F ANOTHER game…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – D Like pretty much everyone else on the ice, seemed to give up after the first shot just prior to Vegas’ first goal because they all thought it was in. It wasn’t but was soon after. The Knights were whipping the puck around at will on the power play goal as well that he was out there…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C Bellemare made some nice plays in the defensive zone, but like most of the team, spent a ton of time there. He’s got a surprisingly hard slapper and got some use out of it on the Soderberg goal, as Fleury wasn’t able to handle the shot. Andre Burakovsky – F Got moved up to the top…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – F The fourth line was horrific tonight at even strength. The Avs didn’t register a shot on net with those guys on the ice, and spent a lot of time just holding on for dear life in their own end. Bellemare was one of the guys not covering the seam pass on the Vegas powerplay goal. Andre…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B Bellemare’s job tonight was that of the big brother, looking over the two young wingers on his line. They had some tough, grind-it-out shifts early in the game and then didn’t get a ton of shifts later in the game together. Loved his play in the third period, trying to run this game out. Andre Burakovsky…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – A Bellemare, low-key, had a tremendous series. Great work on the penalty kill, and a ton of blocked shots. He blocked one in the third period tonight that seemed to take him out of the game, but he returned real late. Hit a post early in the game as well. A real strong series. Andre Burakovsky -…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – A Big time blocks when on the penalty kill all night long, and just smart plays on a consistent basis. Love seeing him give Newhook some love on the bench after his goal. Andre Burakovsky – D To be completely honest, Burakovsky was the worst player on the ice 90% of the game. He was soft on…...

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