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There are roller coasters and there is tonight’s game. When a game gets billed as a “Stanley Cup preview” type of game, you tend to get a pretty good game, especially in the second half of the season. What the attendees at Pepsi Center got tonight was on another level. While the Tampa Bay Lightning walked out with a 4-3…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B- Solid throughout, I didn’t really have any complaints from Bellemare. He won his share of faceoffs (63%), had a shot on goal (more than one would be nice) and was positive in pretty much all of the shot metrics you care about. He was fine. Andre Burakovsky – C- I didn’t notice him a lot offensively…...

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COLORADO SPRING, CO – For the 43,574 hockey enthusiasts in attendance at Air Force Academy for the spectacle known as the 2020 NHL Stadium Series game, it was a tale of three periods between the Western Conference foes meeting for the first time this season. Entering the night, Colorado had an opportunity to tie for the Central Division lead with…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C- Bellemare had a decent game at even strength, but the penalty kill got annihilated and he was out there for both of the goals against. Andre Burakovsky – B Another two points for Burakovsky, including a great shot to get the game started right. He looked good on the top line, but for some reason, wasn’t…...

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Coming into tonight’s game, it felt like a Stanley Cup preview. Even the fans were unusually amped up, with a verbal fight right below the press box beginning before the anthem and spilling over into the opening minutes of the first period that ended up with security removing some of the parties involved. While fans were fighting throughout the evening,…...

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Just outside the top of the crease may be one of the most punishing locations in all of sports. At times hockey can look similar to MMA when players engage in that area but it is also a key location for offenses to control. On this week’s reel of The Tape, we take a look at how the Avs manage…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – D This line really struggled throughout the game. They struggled to hang onto the puck and spent a lot of time chasing in their own end. Bellemare had some rough turnovers in this one, including one trying to leave the zone late. Andre Burakovsky – B In his first full game on the top line, Burakovsky had…...

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I’m a sucker for love stories. Movies, songs, and apparently hockey ones, too. I’m all about them. In the last two years, the Avalanche has enjoyed watching the Nathan MacKinnon-Mikko Rantanen connection blossom into something special. It’s been the kind of connection that makes you believe something bigger might be in store down the road. This year, the rosy-cheeked Cale…...

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The universe apparently decided the Avs had been healthy for long enough.

Nazem Kadri, who has anchored the Avs second line all season and is only bested in goals on the team by Nathan MacKinnon, will be out "indefinitely" with a lower body injury. He was tangled up after a face-off in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Minnesota and twisted his right leg. After attempting to take another shift in the third period, he left the game for good. 

Now, the team will be forced to move forward without him.

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Welcome to the weekly Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on twitter or respond in the comments.

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B+ A snipe if you’ve ever seen a snipe, right? You take them any way you can get them, and a good reminder that a shot is never a bad idea. Blocked a shot with his hand late but came back. Andre Burakovsky – C- About halfway through the game, Burakovsky got elevated to the top line…...

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If there’s one thing the second half of the NHL season regularly produces, it’s desperation. Teams start to realize they only have so many games remaining on the schedule to get the points necessary to make the postseason and turn up the intensity a notch or two. After completing their first comeback win of the season last night in Columbus,…...

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LOVELAND, CO – It’s been a great week for Mark Alt and all his respective families: the one with the football community in Kansas City and the other representing Colorado hockey. On Saturday night, Alt scored the second goal in the Eagles improbable 4-3 overtime victory against the San Jose Barracuda, the first such win for the club this season after…

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C- In a grind it out game, Bellemare didn’t do a ton to stand out at even strength and was good on the penalty kill in this one…for the most part. He lost the big face-off that led to the Blue Jackets’ only goal of the game and as a guy brought in as a face-off specialist,…...

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“Goaltending is voodoo.” In the controlled chaos that is hockey, there is one guy whose job it is to make sense of it all, sift through the madness and decipher the future before it happens and react accordingly. Every game is different, every period has its own personality, and the puck is shaped in such a way that it bounces…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B Most games, Bellemare is going to be really quiet out there, and tonight was one of them, but he made a great feed to Nieto for the game-winning goal. A good night in the face-off circle and good minutes on a penalty kill that did their job tonight. Andre Burakovsky – B- That line felt a…...

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