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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B Loved everything about his game tonight up until the penalty. He was good on the forecheck, good on the cycle, wasn’t afraid to put the puck towards the net. Just overall difficult to play against. But the offensive zone penalties are a bit much. This one was somewhat soft, but a soft slash like that results…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C I like Aube-Kubel. I like that he lined up Hall and while a lot of people thought he could have blown him up, he still laid a solid hit and held up to not take a penalty. I’m a little baffled why he didn’t get a single shift in the third period. I sure think he…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C Fourth line had a real hot star, with some seriously extended zone time in the first period before fading away as the game went on. I do love how competitive and hard Aube-Kubel plays, it’s been a nice addition. Andre Burakovsky – B- There was a lot more movement from Burakovsky, and although he couldn’t score,…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C- Only got two shifts in the third period, and was a little soft on the Habs’ first goal, as he was clearly back in position, but just tried to smack the puck out of mid-air instead of maybe gloving it. In the end, it sprung a two on one and a goal. Did get robbed early…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B- That penalty sure was, uh, something. Beyond the penalty, he was one of the few players I thought played well throughout the game, for the most part. Hard work on the boards and some good exits leaving the zone. The goal sure helped make up for whatever the heck he was doing on that high sticking.…...

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Jack Johnson – C+ Jack Johnson was exactly what you’ve come to expect from him tonight. Thought he made a couple good plays, and I liked him a little better away from EJ on the penalty kill. We talked about it the other day on the DNVR Avalanche Podcast, but playing like he did tonight, JJ would be the absolute…...

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Darcy Kuemper – INC Never got a chance to really get into the game despite playing into the second period. He was doing okay even with the first goal against but then Greenway smoked him and the concussion protocol took place. Just hope he’s okay. Pavel Francouz – A It’s hard for a goalie to come in cold to a…...

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Darcy Kuemper – A+ He didn’t have a lot to do but he got his first shutout as an Av. Why even bother trying to nitpick this? Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C+ Did his job just fine but didn’t stand out in any kind of way. A solid night for NAK but just that. Andre Burakovsky – B+ Big steal led…...

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Pavel Francouz – B The truth here is that his play in regulation wasn’t great. Two of the goals that got by him had issues and the other my main problem was that he wasn’t even close. Then he was stellar at the end of regulation, in overtime, and locked it down in the shootout. What more can you ask…...

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Jack Johnson – C+ I thought this was one of Jack Johnson’s better games. Did a good job of pushing play, and wasn’t caught out of position regularly in his own end as we’ve seen recently. He had a good five-minute stretch in the third where he put several shots on towards the net and played a part in the…...

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Pavel Francouz – B Another solid outing for Francouz, but the second goal was just downright bad. Against a team that is desperate for offense, giving them a freebie helped create a big hill to climb. Once the team in front of him climbed it, however, Francouz slammed the door shut with some great saves late. Nicolas Aube-Kubel – A+…...

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Darcy Kuemper – INC I certainly haven’t been easy on Kuemper this year but I don’t know how you can really look at any of those goals and say they were Kuemper’s fault. His pulling was more about changing the momentum in the game and trying to kickstart the team than anything else. I’m not bagging on Kuemper for this…...

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Darcy Kuemper – A Gave up just the one goal. The rest almost doesn’t even matter, right? You’re asking a goaltender to stop pucks and Kuemper stopped 34 of 35 shots. He appeared to get stronger as the game progressed and when the Jets tried to make it interesting in the third period with the Avs leading 4-1, he didn’t…...

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Jack Johnson – (INC)  Jack Johnson left half way through the game with a lower-body injury, and did not return. He didn’t have much of an impact when he was in the game. Incomplete for ol’ JJ tonight. Bowen Byram – C- We talked about him in the DNVR Avalanche Pregame Show in terms of what the expectations were for…...

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So, I’m going to give a bit of a disclaimer here, I’m giving these games under the caveat of.. everyone was pretty rusty following a 16-day break. Nobody was perfect, the players know that, and I understand the flow of how these types of games go, so there’s no sense in beating up on guys who were very obviously trying…...

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Pavel Francouz – B This is a soft grade for Frankie given the goals that got by him weren’t of the highest caliber, but there was an own goal mixed in there and he played well enough to have them at 3-2 going into the final 10 minutes of the game. The PK continues to give up a ton of…...

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Darcy Kuemper – B+ I said on the pod he was getting a B, but in retrospect I just thought he was too good tonight to crush him for the second goal. I hated the rebound and the extreme panic response that followed and took him out of contention for making the second save, but the rest of his game…...

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Darcy Kuemper – A This was absolutely what Colorado envisioned in the offseason trade to acquire Kuemper. The second goal was the all-too-familiar goal below his blocker where he’s repeatedly been beaten this season but none of them were laughers and he shut the door at the end…with a little assistance from Erik Johnson. Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C An interesting…...

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Darcy Kuemper – B Kind of weird game to grade. Kuemper’s best work came with the score out of hand, but it stayed there because of his best work. Of course, it only got close because of his worst work, which was that second Detroit goal that absolutely cannot happen. He’s just given up too many of those this year…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B He brought a physical presence, didn’t take a penalty, was fine in shot metrics and tallied an assist. Exactly what more could you be asking for from NAK? Darcy Kuemper – B- The first goal is off the skate of his own player, the second off his own face, and the third beat him cleanly but…...

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