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This morning, Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar addressed the media for what felt like the 20th time since his team last saw game action. Bednar wasn’t his usual chatty self, there were actually several times he gave one-word or one-line answers. I asked him what he was looking for out of Sam Girard, given the way his postseason performance…...

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Here we go, Round 2 is finally all set and we are ready to go. We did ok in the first round in terms of our series predictions, but our props missed a little more than we would like. Let’s rectify that this time around, yeah? Tampa Bay +145 vs. Florida If you think Tampa is winning, this is great…...

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What a Round 1. That was one of the more chaotic opening rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs that I can remember. The individual games weren’t always super close, but the overall series were fantastic. Plenty of interesting storylines, and some great matchups set up in Round 2, here’s where I see every team that’s still standing. 1. Tampa Bay…...

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Right after Nathan MacKinnon scored the empty-net goal that would ice the Colorado Avalanche’s first-round sweep of the Nashville Predators, I sat inside Bridgestone Arena and forced myself to stop for just a second and appreciate what I was witnessing.  It wasn’t about the sweep, and it honestly wasn’t even about the result of the series. It was about how…...

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They say that the fourth and final win you need to close out a Stanley Cup Playoff series is the hardest one to get, and the Colorado Avalanche got a good reminder of that as they were looking to put the Nashville Predators in the rearview mirror and move on to Round 2. It was a tentative crowd inside Bridgestone…...

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The thing we love about playoff hockey is the drama, and Game 3 between the Colorado Avalanche and the Nashville Predators had no shortage of it.  Now, we’re going to get into the details of the game, but we have to start with what ended up being the biggest story of the night, and that’s Darcy Kuemper.  With just about…...

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The regular season has mercifully come to an end and while the picks in this column limped to finish line, much like the Avs, I’d like to believe it was for the same reason – We are both just ready for the playoffs to begin. Did we win as much as we wanted? No. Were our straight wagers hot garbage…...

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It’s like the first day of school. Actually no… it’s like Christmas morning. You’ve talked about it, looked forward to it, imagined what it would be like, ad now it’s here. The NHL Playoffs. We’ve talked so much about the lead up to the end of the regular season, and how teams were mailing it in just trying to get…...

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Well, folks, we made it. The regular season is officially behind us, and what a regular season it was for the Colorado Avalanche. Now, we are staring down the emotional rollercoaster that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  For the first time since the 2018-2019 season, the Colorado Avalanche completed an 82-game schedule, and boy oh boy did it feel like…...

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The Colorado Avalanche normally start their morning skate practice at 10:30 AM on game days. This morning though, as the media filed into the main seating bowl at Ball Arena, the team was noticeably absent from the ice until almost 10:45.  Once media availability rolled around, head coach Jared Bednar reviled that the team was late getting on the ice…...

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Less than a week to go in the NHL season, and that just means the storylines around the league are getting more and more interesting. A wild game on Sunday night, another great player calls it a career, and the Avs stumble down the stretch causing some to be concerned. Ryan Getzlaf hangs ‘em up Ryan Getzlaf officially called it…...

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Last you heard from this column we were busy going 0-4 on our straight wagers and 1-6 overall. So we took the week off to regroup, and we are going to keep it simple this week to provide some much-needed post-Easter loot. Minnesota -1.5 (-110) vs. Seattle The Kraken snuck up on the Avs the other night. Terrible teams aren’t…...

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It’ll be the tale of two themes this week. I want to take a look at the various playoff races unfolding around the league, things have gotten very interesting in the past seven days. Obviously though not every team is in a playoff race this time of year, so for those teams we’ll be looking at what they need to…...

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We talked last week on the DNVR Avalanche Podcast about the remaining schedule of games, and how there were really only 2-3 games left that we felt would be really entertaining must-see games. Tonight, the Colorado Avalanche hosted the Washington Capitals, and even though the Avalanche have the West wrapped up, and the Capitals have secured their spot in the…...

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We are coming down the home stretch here, with less than two weeks to go until the playoffs start, and we are starting to get some clarity on what matchups will look like, at least in half of the league.  The Colorado Avalanche continue to take advantage of a great position in the standings and are gearing up for the…...

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Whoo boy, this game did not get off to the same start as last night.  Thursday night in Denver featured what I believe was the first “screw it” game of the home stretch we’ve seen the Avs play in. What I mean by that is, you had two teams with almost nothing on the line, just somewhat of going through…...

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Every team in the league is officially at the 10 games or less mark, and we are going to take a look at what exactly every team has left to play for the rest of the way. You’re going to notice a bit of a theme in this piece. Teams at the top are going to be primarily focusing on…...

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This game had such an interesting feel to it starting at morning skate.  On one hand, you had the Colorado Avalanche, who were rested, and sitting comfortably atop the Central Division. Their main focus the rest of the way is fine tuning the details of their game as the postseason approaches.  On the other, the Los Angeles Kings. Playing for…...

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Auston Matthews I wrote last week about Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl both eclipsing the 50-goal threshold. Well, Auston Matthews hasn’t stopped scoring since.  Matthews now has 58 goals on the year, with 10 games still remaining, and is now the Toronto Maple Leafs’ single-season record holder for most goals in a season. Perhaps the most impressive feat…...

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We are into the home stretch, with some teams having only 10 games left to play in the regular season. I got to thinking, as I looked at the standings last night… how did we get here? Meaning, after such a long season, what is the biggest reason teams are sitting where they’re sitting now with the season almost over?…...

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