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I sent a tweet put earlier this week being a little tongue and cheek, talking about how dependent the Minnesota Wild were on Kirill Kaprizov to produce offense. That got me thinking, who is THE guy for every team? Who is the player that each team looks to in a big moment to come through for them?  https://twitter.com/jessemontano_/status/1508230844875350020?s=20&t=oP1SybBvb-I7MyNh_zHVBw That’s the…...

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The trade deadline is behind us, and NHL teams are now sprinting to the finish. Plenty to go over now that all the trade rumors are done, so let’s get into it. Dadonov saga  Ok ok, I promise this will be the last time I bring this up, but this has maybe been the most interesting storyline of the season…...

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Two nights ago in Denver, I wrote about the game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vancouver Canucks that Jared Bednar described as “safe.” That was a nicer way of how most people described about it. Many chose words more like boring, or snoozer. Well, tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers was the exact opposite.  Philadelphia was, for the second…...

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Another Friday has arrived which can only mean one thing, time for another set of winners. Last week we went 3-1 on our straight wagers and hit on our Trade deadline prop bet with Mark Giordano becoming a Toronto Maple Leaf. https://twitter.com/Sportsnet/status/1506296737832620044?s=20&t=msGMZgZz2CR2QZD9XNcsFg This week we are so excited to make you more money we are starting with the first game…...

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Well here we are, no more wondering, we’ve seen all the moves teams made. Some are vastly improved, some made great decisions for the sake of their franchises, and other stood pat to watch their process play out. Oh, and one traded a player they weren’t allowed to trade. No matter what, to was a busy week for all 32…...

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When Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bedar spoke after morning skate earlier today, he mentioned that it was good for the Avs to have a stretch of games against teams that are still fighting for a playoff spot.  “It’s a fun time of year,” Bednar said. “Edmonton, right? They’re three, four into the playoffs, three or four points from being…...

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Alright, for starters… I apologize that this is coming out later than normal, but I wanted to wait until the trade deadline had passed so that I wasn’t posting information that became immediately out-of-date. It was a really interesting week, with a ton of moving parts, so let’s get straight to it. 1. Evgenii Dadonov This situation is wild, and…...

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Whew, what a day. After months of speculation and armchair-GMing, the NHL’s trade deadline came and went at 1 pm MT Monday afternoon, and it was one of the more active deadline days in recent memory. The Colorado Avalanche added two more players before the league-mandated cut-off, Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Cogliano, and managed to not send out any more…...

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The NHL’s Trade Deadline is officially behind us, and it was the most active deadline day that I can remember in recent years. It was a buyer’s market, with more teams in willing to sell than we normally see. The Eastern conference playoff picture has been most set since January, and the math has really begun to shake out who…...

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Week three of this article, and we can proudly claim if you followed our advice, you’ve made some money. Thanks to our lord and savior Nathan Raymond MacKinnon, and his +1200 first goal of the game last Sunday evening, hitting on our MacKinnon first goal-scorer prop, and both the Blue Jackets and Penguins coming through for some straight up wins,…...

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The deadline is just days away, and it’s officially time for teams to make some decisions. This week, we’re talking about the latest news on every team, and where the focus is come Monday’s Trade Deadline. 1. Colorado Avalanche (43 – 13 – 5 – 91 pts) Last week – 2 It has been a busy, busy week so far…...

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It was another busy week in the NHL, and for he Colorado Avalanche specifically. Let;s get right into it. 1. Heritage Classic I know a lot of folks have really started to write off the outdoor games, as they have lost their sense of unique-ness as we eclipsed 35 total games played with no roof, but I still think they…...

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It had been over a week since I was last at an Avalanche game, since I didn’t make the multi-stop trip back East for the three-game road trip, and it was so nice to be back in the building. Coincidentally, the last time the Colorado Avalanche were at home, it was against these very same Calgary Flames in what was…...

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Plenty of interesting games this weekend, and we’ve found some good value once again. Last week got off to a shaky start, but ended with a couple wins to finish at a cool .500 on straight bets (doesn’t include parlays or props). I’ll have four straight up wagers for you every week, accompanied by one not completely ridiculous parlay, and…...

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There’s a new team at #1 this week after stringing together some very, very impressive play as of late, which is not something a lot of the top teams in the league can say they’ve done recently. I’ve started to get the sense that we’re entering that weird lull right before the deadline where the top contending teams in the…...

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We’re back for another edition of the Weekly 5-on-5. Lots going on in the world of hockey this past week, Cale Makar continues to climb in the record books, there was another number sent to the rafters, this time in Columbus, and the IIHF sent a strong message with its ruling on the Russian national teams immediate future on the…...

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Welcome to the newest weekly installment that I’ll be bringing you only right here on theDNVR.com ahead of the weekend. I’ve gotten to know someone over the last several years who I would consider to be somewhat of a gambling expert, and we spend a lot of time discussing the NHL. No, not just because I’m desperately trying to win…...

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We talked on the DNVR Avalanche pregame show about how there was an expectation that the Colorado Avalanche would come out looking for some revenge after having their franchise record-setting home win streak come to an end at the hands of these very same Arizona Coyotes. It’s easy to look at this matchup and think, “oh yeah, this will be…...

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I know last week I told you Power Rankings would be coming out every Friday, but after some slight tweaking of our content schedule, my weekly rankings will now be coming out every Thursday. That’s nothing but a positive for those of you that are reading this, because it means we have a new regularly scheduled piece that took the…...

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Regardless of the result, this game was endlessly annoying. Ok, maybe not “endlessly”, that third period was pretty awesome for the Colorado Avalanche, but they had to battle through it a bit to get there. There were a lot of really cool, fun storylines that surrounded this game, so that’s where I’m going to start, but what we saw on…...

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