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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – A One thing is apparent: Bellemare plays much better with two speedy wingers around him. That’s not how he’s built, so having two linemates that can help with retrieval is huge for him. Fourth line was great. His shot share numbers were out of control, and the PK was solid. Andre Burakovsky – C Thought he was…...

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The Colorado Avalanche won tonight. It was a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks. By virtue of Vegas losing to Arizona tonight and Minnesota losing to St. Louis the last two nights (one in overtime), much of the frustration from the now-dead three-game losing has been soothed as the Avalanche firmed up their position in second place while staying…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – D The only fourth-liner who didn’t look completely awful, except he took a penalty early when the team had no momentum, so that doesn’t help. Andre Burakovsky – D I think I saw Burky take more snapshots tonight than I have all year, and none of them were that great, one sailing well over the net. On…...

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Following two straight losses in St. Louis to the suddenly-surging Blues, Colorado rolled into Vegas to take on the Golden Knights in a matchup anticipated by everyone. These are two teams everyone views as Stanley Cup contenders and the two likeliest teams to come out of the West Division in the postseason. With Vegas four points up on Colorado in…...

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The Colorado Eagles have become a comfortable home for first-round picks of the Avalanche this year and that only gets truer today as Colorado’s top selection from the 2020 draft has signed his entry-level contract and joined the Eagles. Justin Barron, 19, has always been on the fast track to the AHL due to his age and high level of…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C The fourth line did some decent things and drew a few penalties, but Bellemare was one of the guys on the ice for the first goal against. He was not the problem on that goal, though. Andre Burakovsky – D Took way too long to release a few of his shots. Had some pucks come to…...

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Sometimes you can just feel a stinker of a game coming up. It’s been a while since the Avalanche really had one (the 8-3 loss at Minnesota to end their point streak certainly qualifies) but tonight’s 4-1 loss was the first time since maybe opening night where it felt like they weren’t even competitive. There were those few minutes in…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C- Lost face-off cleanly on the game-winning goal. 5 on 3, so a lot has to go right to kill it, but starts with the face-off. The fourth line is just a mishmash of different types of players and doesn’t seem to be a great fit for any of them right now. Andre Burakovsky – B Plenty…...

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Afternoon games have the reputation of producing some wild contests and today’s Avalanche-Blues matinee affair certainly lived up to it. While the Avalanche fell short in a 5-3 loss and had their five-game winning streak snapped, it was a weird one from the very beginning. Colorado scored two goals in the first four minutes of the game, then watched the…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C- Maybe his best shift of the game came on his first, with a near breakaway on the penalty kill and then another steal to kill more time. After that, his line got caved in. I don’t think it was his guy that scored on the second goal, as O’Brien was the high forward and drifted pretty…...

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Remembering back to the first game of the season, a tough 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on home ice, really gives you a sense of how this Colorado Avalanche season has developed. That night, the Avs opened the season as Cup favorites, a team facing real expectations after they fell just short of making a conference finals appearance…...

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When a team gets a league-mandated week break from playing, you expect there to be plenty of news when they return to the ice. That was certainly the case today for the Colorado Avalanche. As no new players were added to the Covid protocol list for the team today, they were cleared to return to practice in the afternoon. This…...

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For the second time this season, the Colorado Avalanche has been forced to pause their season as they try to handle a COVID outbreak on the team. Joonas Donskoi became the third member of the Avs to test positive in the last eight days. The league decided to have the Avs continue to play despite positive tests from Bowen Byram…...

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