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What a week. This has been a funny last few months for the DNVR Avalanche crew. We went from a dead sprint during the Stanley Cup Final and the week or two after, to a nice quiet offseason for about six weeks, then all at once last week we were back at full-go. It has been great to be back…...

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On the Eve of the Colorado Avalanche officially opening their 2022-2023 campaign, we here at DNVR did our annual Training Camp Preview podcast. It’s a fun and exciting show to do every year because it really does (at least in my head) serve as the official start of a new hockey season. So much optimism, so much hope. Not just…...

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I was getting ready to write this piece for the week, and was sitting there wracking my brain thinking “hmmm… what should the ‘theme’ be this week?”. Then I realized, the reason I love this piece so much is that… there is no theme! We’re just here to talk about what is going on with the Colorado Avalanche and around…...

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Testing… testing… 1, 2, 3. Is this thing on? Boy oh boy it has been a minute, but it is Labor Day weekend and you know what that means, your regularly-scheduled trash pickup will come a day late. It also means… We are back at it here on the DNVR Avalanche beat. It’s so funny, in past years when the…...

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The Colorado Avalanche are the 2022 Stanley Cup Champions.  Let me type that again, just so that there’s no confusion… The Colorado Avalanche are the 2022 Stanley Cup Champions! The Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Monday in a nail-biting thriller at Amalie Arena to clinch the franchise’s third Stanley Cup and its first since 2001.  You all…...

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The Stanley Cup was in the building tonight, and the crowd wanted to see it. Unfortunately for the fans, and more so the Colorado Avalanche, the greatest trophy in sports never emerged from its case.  It was a really hard-fought game from the first puck drop. The Tampa Bay Lightning were fighting for their lives, and the Colorado Avalanche were…...

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All the way back in Round 1, I was talking with a fellow media member and they mentioned how much they love dramatic Game 4s. It’s almost always a team looking to go up 3-1, playing a team desperately trying to even the series. That was exactly what we had tonight. The Colorado Avalanche had successfully defended home ice in…...

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Hockey is a game of inches, and I thought Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final exemplified that.  The series shifted to the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, with the Colorado Avalanche looking to take a stranglehold on the series after winning the first two games of the Final.  It was an eventful start to the game, and the…...

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The first one is done, and what a game it was.  The Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning opened the Stanley Cup Final tonight and Game 1 lived up to the hype. This has been billed as one of the best Cup Final matchups the NHL has seen in a long, long time. Tonight was a fantastic game from…...

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Here we go, the Stanley Cup Final. Down to the last two teams remaining, and we have what is, in my opinion, the best Final matchup you could’ve hoped for at the start of the season. A team looking to win their third Championship in a row, and a team who has been knocking on the door of greatness trying…...

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One more round to help you top off your summer travel fund. This is the Stanley Cup Finals so there are more props to bet than in previous rounds. Still nowhere near the level of props for the Superbowl but enough to remind me of the Cheesecake Factory Menu as I started to work my way through it. One interesting…...

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The Colorado Avalanche are going to the Stanley Cup Final.  When I first started covering the team during the 2016-2017 season, I never ever would have thought I’d be typing those words just five years later.  This group… the resilience they’ve shown all playoffs, the adversity they’ve had to overcome all season, and their will to win has gotten to…...

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Alright, before we get started on the game itself, I’ve gotta give some love to the folks here at Rogers Place. This building is amazing. State of the art top to bottom, and absolutely beautiful in every sense of the word. Literally everything you’d want in a hockey rink, I couldn’t be more impressed. Really the whole city of Edmonton,…...

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What a wild first two rounds of the NHL Playoffs. So far, we’ve had half the series (6) go to a Game 7, the President’s Trophy winner lose 4 straight games to be eliminated for the 4th straight year, Andrei Vasilevskiy continues to be unbeatable in elimination games, and that doesn’t even touch on the storylines coming out of the…...

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We are officially into Round 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it has been such a fun postseason so far. For the Conference Finals, we’ve got two early-season favorites and two teams that have proved all the doubters wrong (including myself). Two great matchups featuring four extremely talented teams. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning (Round 2 Series Win: 4-0) 1st…...

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Whew. That game was… well it was something.  Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals kicked off Tuesday night in Denver and it was one to remember. The Colorado Avalanche held on to claim a 8-6 win over the Edmonton Oilers in a fast-paced, wide-open thriller of a hockey game.  There’s so much to get into in this one that…...

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At morning skate today, every member of the media that I talked to said roughly the same thing, “I can’t believe we’re back here.” Halfway through Game 5, everybody was making plans for what they would do with their days off in between series, and obviously you know what happened next. So there we were, sitting inside the Enterprise Center…...

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The only positive way I can even think to spin this one for the Colorado Avalanche is that everyone knew this series would be a tough battle, everyone knew the Avalanche were going to have to fight through some adversity to get to where they want to go, and now they have a chance to go out and prove that…...

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You know, there was so much drama and so many story lines ahead Game 4 between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues, that you almost forgot that the two teams would eventually have to play the game instead of everyone just talking about it.  I probably don’t need to fill you in on the noise surrounding this game, it’s…...

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We knew that the Round 2 matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues was going to be an interesting one. We knew we would see back and forth games, physical play, and constantly shifting momentum.  As the series shift to St. Louis for Game 3, we got all of those things and then some. While there were…...

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