Let’s start with some caveats before we get to whatever you want to call what happened tonight in Dallas. The Avalanche came into the game tonight on a six-game winning streak, all without Nathan MacKinnon and while also missing important depth players such as J.T. Compher and Bowen Byram, but mainly no MacKinnon. It’s hard to feel too much negativity…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast. Follow AJ on Twitter - @returnofaj