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362 minutes. That’s all the Three-Headed Monster played together at five on five this season, less than 11% of the Avs total time. The reason for that obviously boils down to injuries for the most part but heading into the playoffs that should be far less of an issue. While the Avs may not go with that line all the…...

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The Avalanche did not target Pierre-Édouard Bellemare to come in and be an offensive juggernaut. They signed him to help the penalty kill, anchor the fourth line, and to bring leadership to the locker room. The offense was a nice bonus, though. The 35-year-old center from France was having his best season in the NHL before the league shut down,…...

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When the Avs traded for Andre Burakovsky in June of 2019, they were taking a bit of a gamble. The talented youngster was making good money coming off a season where he fell out of favor in Washington, and the Avs did give up some good value to get him, sending second and third round picks to acquire the then 24 year old winger.

Turns out, they knew what they were doing.

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Perhaps this is controversial, or perhaps it isn't, but let it be known: as of right now, Samuel Girard is the Avs #1 defenseman.

Still just 21 years old, Girard led the Avs in average time on ice at 21:19 a game, but where the staff trusted him more than any other player on the team is at even strength, where he averaged over a full minute more than the next closest player (Erik Johnson). While Jared Bednar and Nolan Pratt won't hesitate to put Girard on the ice with Cale Makar for offensive zone face-offs, they pretty consistently use him in defensive matchups against the other teams best players.

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There is no player on the Avs more frustrating to both fans and the coaching staff than Nikita Zadorov. Some nights, he looks like he can be a top-pairing defenseman capable of shutting down elite players in the NHL. Other nights, you wonder if the organization really doesn’t have six other defensemen they could be playing over him. The other…...

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Well, who saw this one coming? Picked up in a deadline day swap back in 2018, Ryan Graves was looked at purely as a depth defenseman who would hopefully regain some of that promise he had after putting up 30 points in the AHL as a 21-year-old. He didn’t exactly light the world on fire in Colorado, as he put…...

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When the Avs signed Valeri Nichushkin on August 19 in the dead of the summer, it was met with a lot of skepticism (myself included). Why did the Avs, as deep as they had been in years, decide to take a chance on a struggling player? Why would they block younger players already in the organization? Why was this reclamation…...

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Tyson Jost. The man who evokes many emotions by just putting his name out there on the internet. It’s been a struggle for Jost in his third NHL season as he hasn’t quite broken out as expected and on the deepest Avs team in years has found himself increasingly relegated to fourth-line duty. There have been plenty of nights where…...

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The Avalanche toppled the Boston Bruins on Saturday evening in a 4-1 win that was Boston’s first regulation home loss of the season. The game-winning goal came in the second period when Ian Cole scored his first of the season. As always here in Avalanche Film Room, we wanted to breakdown exactly how the Cole goal came to be. It…...

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Colorado’s 4-2 win over Columbus was an entertaining hockey game full of highlights. The Avalanche came back from a 2-1 deficit period in the second period to earn their second straight home win. That deficit is where we begin with this edition of Avalanche Film Room. Trailing 2-1 halfway through the second period, Colorado was pinned in their own end.…...

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When the Avalanche took Bowen Byram fourth overall at last month’s entry draft, it cemented Colorado’s future defense as one filled with stars. When Joe Sakic met the media shortly after, he was not shy about the organization’s intention to give Byram a long look in training camp this year. With injuries to Erik Johnson and Ian Cole, it would…...

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There were a lot of film room-worthy moments from last night’s 6-2 stomping over the Calgary Flames but the story of the night was Cale Makar in his NHL debut. There were a lot of nice plays from Makar throughout his near-15 minutes of ice time but let’s be honest here: the goal is what we’re all going to remember…...

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Insistent on taking the easy way out, the Avalanche put their playoff hopes in the hands of their penalty kill in the final 1:26 of regulation last night. Tied 2-2 with the Winnipeg Jets, Colorado inexplicably had six skaters on the ice and were called for having too many men on the ice. In order to get to OT and…...

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The Avalanche improved to 3-12 in games that extend beyond regulation on Tuesday night with a dramatic comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings. It took 15 tries but the Avalanche finally had a regular, normal overtime victory as their first two wins beyond regulation ended with a power-play goal in Anaheim and then last week when the Avs beat…...

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Every year there are defining moments throughout the season that people get attached to because they were either so unexpected or so spectacular (or both) that they couldn’t help but be etched into your memories forever. When I think back to last year and Colorado’s unexpected run to the postseason, I obviously remember the 10-game winning streak and the game…...

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When the Avalanche found themselves tied in a game without goals entering the third period yesterday, there was plenty of hope the team could find a way on home ice to come out on top of the St. Louis Blues. They had played a tightly contested defensive game and goaltender Semyon Varlamov had been great at bailing them out of…...

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Avalanche Film Room returns with a breakdown of the game-winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Avalanche Film Room returns with a look at how one of the season's most memorable moments was created.

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Avalanche Film Room returns with a look at the various ways Nathan MacKinnon decimates opposing defenses.

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