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It was a near picture-perfect response from the Colorado Avalanche after their lackluster performance last night in Dallas, as the Avs knocked off old friend Matt Duchene and the Nashville Predators 6-2 Saturday night back at home. If you tuned into the DNVR Avalanche Postgame Show after the Avs lost 3-1 in Dallas, you heard a show filled with plenty…...

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Jack Johnson – D Pretty average Jack Jonnson night, honestly. The Avs were sloppy all night,  he got beat out from behind the net for the first goal, and that bumped him down grade-wise. Erik Johnson – D- The sharp decline is here. Erik Johnson has become problematic for this team when he plays like he did tonight. The play…...

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“They just look unstoppable.” That’s what a member of the traveling Anaheim media said to me, in reference to the Colorado Avalanche, about halfway through the second period of what eventually became a 5-2 drubbing of the Anaheim Ducks. And he was right. The Avalanche looked like they were just a flat-out better hockey team than the early-season surprise Anaheim…...

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Jack Johnson – (C-) He was fine. Nothing egregious, but didn’t really contribute much. Eric Johnson – (D) HIs decision-making has been questionable, at best recently, and honestly it was more of the same tonight. He’s just not great with the puck on his stick anymore. Devon Toews – (B+) Don’t know how many times you can say it, Toews…...

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Over the past couple of days, the new city and new arena have been the stars of the show. Pretty much every media scrum started with a question about what coaches and players thought of playing somewhere they never had before. It’s been a really cool thing to experience. But once the sun went down, and the Colorado Avalanche arrived…...

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Boy oh boy. What a day. I tell ya, I have never once enjoyed getting out of bed for a 5 AM alarm. Then you add in the fact that it came just a few hours after we wrapped up a late-night DNVR Avalanche Postgame Show… pain. See, I’m always in a tough spot. When I travel, I try my…...

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The story continues to be about injuries for the Colorado Avalanche. In their first practice after knocking off the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Saturday, Nathan MacKinnon was expectedly absent, while JT Compher and Bowen Byram each added themselves to the seemingly never-ending list of Avs injuries in the early part of this season. And it doesn’t seem like either…...

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It seems like the theme to this season so far for the Avalanche is they can’t have any good without having some bad to go along with it and, despite the result, tonight’s game was no different. The Colorado Avalanche thumped the Vancouver Canucks 7-1 in a game that was a “must-win” in the sense of, the Avs need to…...

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We’re back for the second installment of our NHL Power Rankings, and it’s my turn to take a crack at this. I agreed with a lot of AJ’s rankings from last week honestly, but I’m certain we’ll have some differences of opinion this week.  I’m going to *try* and not be too wordy on my explanations for why I have…...

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Just when we thought the good news was starting to roll in for the Avalanche, we find out today that Nathan MacKinnon is being evaluated for a lower-body injury and was held out of practice. The good news *was* that Cale Makar and Valeri Nichiushkin went from being potential options for Colorado’s next game to looking like they were shoo-ins…...

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Ok, we’ve had our week of doom and gloom. A week where everybody feels down on what this Colorado Avalanche group is truly capable of. And if you go based on Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen’s comments, the players don’t feel particularly great about how they’re playing either. So how do you fix it? How do you get out of the…...

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The early part of this week has definitely had “back to school” vibes for me. Getting my clothes ready, making sure my backpack is packed with everything I’ll need, seeing friends (who I now get to call co-workers!) that I hadn’t seen in a while, it’s all been so exciting. And now I get the real fun part.. being back…...

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