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Andre Burakovsky – B It’s wild that Burky ended with seven shot attempts, and yet the one that frustrated me the most is the one he didn’t take at the end, instead dropping it to Erik Johnson, who wasn’t in a shooting position. Burky had a really solid game otherwise, although I just don’t love him a ton on the…...

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One of the many things I love about the NHL’s regular season is that every year there are a handful of games that you almost have too many storylines and in the ashes of the postgame scramble to pump out content you don’t even know what to make of it. Tonight’s 5-3 final with the St. Louis Blues surviving the…...

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The Avs started their season without superstar center Nathan MacKinnon and head coach Jared Bednar. Now, they’re going to be without their captain. The NHL Department of Safety announced on Thursday afternoon that Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended for two games for a hit late in the season opener on Kirby Dach. On the ice, the refs gave Landeskog two…...

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Andre Burakovsky – C+ I liked Burky a lot in the first period. Made the nice feed cross-ice to Johnson for his breakaway goal, and had some nice passes. After that, there were some struggles. He was put in a weird spot behind the net on the power play and had a tough turnover at his own blue line that…...

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Philipp Grubauer won plenty of games last year for the Colorado Avalanche. 30 of 40 of them, in fact, as he had a Vezina Trophy-caliber season. Yet, when the NHL season opened last night, Grubauer was in Seattle watching four pucks find their way behind him as he started and lost the first game in Kraken history. Back in Denver,…...

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The preseason is over. The roster is set. Opening night in the NHL is tonight. We’ve done podcasts and preview videos and written pieces about the team. It’s just about time for the NHL season to get underway. Before it happens, though, we’re going to do one more roundtable discussion about the Avalanche and the rest of the league. Let’s…...

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The Avalanche announced the last of their transactions this morning as they cut their roster down to the required limit. Instead of actually getting to 23, the Avalanche will open with a 21-man roster after they sent defenseman Justin Barron and forward Mikhail Maltsev to the Colorado Eagles. Defenseman Jacob MacDonald was placed on waivers yesterday and cleared. He is…...

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It’s been a busy couple of days for the Avalanche, at least in terms of news, as the team continues to make its way to next Wednesday’s opening night tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks. This isn’t going to be a lengthy piece so let’s just take a look at where things sit with the Avs right now, starting with the…...

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Jack Johnson – D Well we’re starting to see the cracks in his game that have plagued him his entire career. Poor decisions with the puck and just getting lost in his own end on cycle. On the fourth Vegas goal, he was with Karlsson, and then suddenly lost him and was covering no one, and Karlsson ended up scoring.…...

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Jack Johnson – C It was a bit of a step back for JJ in this one. He took another penalty, which was a pretty blatant interference that he didn’t disguise all that well, considering the ref was about five feet away. Penalties may be a concern when the regular season starts. Beyond that, it was a little more sloppy…...

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Artem Anisimov – D For a guy who’s fighting to keep his NHL career alive, it sure doesn’t look like there’s a whole lot left in the tank. Played over six minutes of power-play time and did nothing with it other than fumbling a few passes. The reality is that he was once a real solid NHL player, but time…...

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