The Avalanche started a four-game Eastern road trip Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. The Avs found out just why the Lightning is the NHL’s best team to this point, losing 5-2. How did Avs players fare individually? Let’s find out, in some post-game grades: Mikko Rantanen (D) – He was absolutely furious after the game, throwing some curse words around…

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Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.