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We knew when the schedule turned over to 2020 that Colorado was facing one of the league’s softest schedules of strength. In the 12 games since the new year began, the Avs have lost five games, just three in regulation, and continue putting themselves in position to challenge for the Central Division title. After a 6-1 beatdown of the Buffalo…...

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Andre Burakovsky has reached a career-high in points with 31 games left in the season. The potential the Avs saw in him has been fulfilled completely to this point. On This roll of The Tape, we take a look at all of the skills Burakovsky brings to the table. The Tape – brought to you by Denver Rubber Company You’ll…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C Not a whole lot going on for Bellemare in this one. This most noticeable thing for him was taking a shot in a very, uh, sensitive spot at the end of the second. He would return in the third period and seemed fine. Andre Burakovsky – A+ Wow. I don’t know what else you can say…...

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I’ve always been a big believer in how you respond to adversity says the most about you. Bad things happen to all of us but how you handle yourself when things are on fire, that’s really what brings out the character. The Avs weren’t anywhere close to “things are on fire” mode yet, but after a frustrating 6-3 loss to…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C I liked a lot of what Bellemare had to do on the penalty kill in this one, but not at even strength. He has good chemistry with Calvert but not sure it’s there with Compher. Andre Burakovsky – A- It really felt like Burakovsky was flying in this one, and he picked up two points for…...

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Coming into the post-bye week, Colorado had a few goals to accomplish in the final 33 games of the regular season as they work they way towards a third consecutive playoff appearance. Get some consistency from goaltending, sharpen the special teams, and get the top line playing like the top line again. In a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers,…...

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I was nine the first time I saw her, and all I knew was I had to have her… No, I wasn’t hormonal. Not yet, anyway. As a matter of fact, I wasn’t even really thinking of her as a “her”. But I’d never wanted anything so badly in my less-than-3500-days on the planet. In return, she just stared at…...

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Every player has a routine when they finish up a practice and get into the locker room. For Ryan Graves, he takes his helmet off and immediately puts on an Avalanche baseball cap, usually backward. He looks at me and flashes the smile that’s made him so popular on Avalanche social media. We sit and talk about a little hockey…...

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With the trade deadline fast approaching, it’s become clear the Colorado Avalanche are among the top contenders to emerge from the west this year and compete for the Stanley Cup. No team is ever built perfectly and the trade deadline is not only the last chance for teams to improve its roster, but it also seems to serve as a…...

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It boggles my mind how quickly this season has gone by. With World Junior’s in the rearview most of the Avs’ prospects are starting in on their push for the playoffs and many of them hold the keys to their team’s success. Pro Standouts: Shane Bowers – C (Colorado Eagles) Matt Duchene trade piece Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM…...

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Rookie Sensation Cale Makar is no stranger to highlight-reel scoring plays that get widespread coverage. Those plays are the results of the hard work and immense talent he puts to use on nearly every shift. Part of what makes Makar such a special rookie is all of the little things he does. On this roll of The Tape we look…...

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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 – C Bellemare didn’t do much to give Zadorov an outlet on the first goal, but there’s not much you can put on him there. Other than that, a relatively quiet game from him overall and did decently on the Avs only PK of the game. Andre Burakovsky – A Another game where Burakovsky’s playmaking shined through.…...

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There’s taking care of business and then there’s taking care of business. Colorado came into today’s matinee showdown against former rival (forever rival?) Detroit needing to win to have an eight-point homestand and go into the All-Star break trailing the St. Louis Blues by just six points. Two minutes into the game, Nikita Zadorov turned himself about like he was doing…...

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One month. That’s how long it had been since Andre Burakovsky had buried a puck behind an opposing goaltender. The 24-year-old started his Avs career looking unstoppable, picking up 13 goals in his first 31 games, but things have not been coming as easy for him lately. The lack of scoring didn’t bother him…as long as the team was picking…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – D It really felt like that third line struggled all night long, whether it was clearing the puck or just making smart plays in the neutral zone. An uncharacteristic game from that trio, as Bellemare, in particular, had a lot of issues with the puck. They got hammered in shot metrics. He did manage to pick…...

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Style. Systems. Regular season success versus postseason success. Nothing brings these discussions to the forefront of Avalanche hockey quite like matchups against the St. Louis Blues. After the Avs lost both games in St. Louis earlier this year, making it six losses in a row against the Blues, the writing on the wall appeared clear: the Avs were not built…...

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