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All the way back in Round 1, I was talking with a fellow media member and they mentioned how much they love dramatic Game 4s. It’s almost always a team looking to go up 3-1, playing a team desperately trying to even the series. That was exactly what we had tonight. The Colorado Avalanche had successfully defended home ice in…...

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You know those annoying people that like to bring up the weather during casual conversation? Well, I’m one of them. I obsessively check the day’s forecast throughout the day and want to know what I’m facing anytime I decide to leave the house. So imagine my amusement when I checked the forecast before leaving my house and seeing that the…...

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Ahhh, yes. The backup goaltender storyline, we meet again. Backup goalies and quarterbacks are often joked about as the most popular players in town because while the number one guy is in the spotlight, there’s always that section of people clamoring for the next guy in line. The grass is always greener, you know? Well in a conference finals with…...

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Hockey, like most facets of life I suppose, is built on some time-worn cliches that get us through things like game recaps. They become cliches, however, because at the core is almost always some level of truth found in there. One of hockey’s great truths is that you’re never in trouble in a playoff series until you lose a home…...

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The stage was set following an unforgettable 7-2 win at home in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena on Tuesday. Though a goal wasn’t scored two minutes into this contest like last time, it wouldn’t take Nathan MacKinnon much time at all to get the Avs on the board 5:25 into the first period. He led…...

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“Can Nashville summon their very best often enough in a best-of-seven to steal the series from the heavy favorite Avalanche? It’s a very tall mountain to climb, and, well, this is the Avalanche. The mountain just might come down on top of them before they can get there.” That’s how I finished my deep-dive series preview between the Nashville Predators…...

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With news of Juuse Saros’ injury ahead of tonight’s game, there was real concern for a Nashville team that otherwise stacks up well against this Colorado Avalanche team. The match-ups for these two teams throughout this season have been anything but bland. In December, an already COVID-interrupted season was further disrupted by an uptick in cases throughout the league. Justin…...

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Going into the third period with the score still sitting at 0-0, the Colorado Avalanche had to feel pretty good about their chances to end their three-game losing skid and beat the Winnipeg Jets to salvage something from what had been a nightmare of a road trip to that point. The Avs had been outplayed through two periods but had…...

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Depth is really important in the NHL, but I would venture a guess that on at least seven out of every 10 games that an NHL team plays, the results will follow how a team’s best players do. In tonight’s 6-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, we saw Colorado’s best players fail to really show up and impact the game…...

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We knew the Colorado Avalanche were going to struggle with a bout against complacency in the final two weeks of the regular season after clinching both the division title and top seed in the conference last weekend. What we’ve seen since that surprisingly scintillating win over Carolina is a Colorado team that has shifted into the mindset of making sure…...

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The Colorado Avalanche entered tonight’s contest on an eight-game winning streak after falling to the Minnesota Wild in that tough-to-swallow overtime loss in March. Though Carolina has been a streakier 4-5-1 over the last 10 games, the match-up was billed to be a case of Goliath vs. Goliath. With the Avalanche at first in the league coupled alongside a division…...

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You already know the platitudes I’m going to throw at you after tonight’s gutsy 2-1 win in the shootout by the Avalanche over the Edmonton Oilers. On the second night of a back-to-back in which they flew in from Winnipeg following their overtime tilt last night to play a rested team in their own barn who needs the points in…...

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It’s that time of year where I’m not really sure what to make of games as the Avalanche are clearly in cruise control to a second straight division title and maybe even another President’s Trophy (Florida has decided to stop losing at all costs, though, so we’ll see how that race shapes up) and are taking the last-gasp shots from…...

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As the Avalanche was locking down a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to secure their berth into the postseason, I couldn’t help but think about the team they share Ball Arena with, the Denver Nuggets. You see, the Nuggets are having a pretty respectable season with a potential back-to-back MVP in Nikola Jokic and he’s lived up to every…...

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You know, when news dropped that Nathan MacKinnon was heading back to Denver with an upper-body injury that potentially (probably?) stemmed from his fight with Matt Dumba two days ago, it was the exact kind of thing that has consistently gone the way of the Calgary Flames this year. The Flames have gotten the benefit of the league’s worst division,…...

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The Avs entered today’s early-evening tilt in Minnesota in sort of an odd spot in their season. The teams on their schedule are predominantly playoff teams fighting for seeding or for a playoff spot at all. It isn’t a soft spot against weaker competition by any means. With that in mind, the Avs are missing several players who will be…...

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Whew, what a day. After months of speculation and armchair-GMing, the NHL’s trade deadline came and went at 1 pm MT Monday afternoon, and it was one of the more active deadline days in recent memory. The Colorado Avalanche added two more players before the league-mandated cut-off, Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Cogliano, and managed to not send out any more…...

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What to even say about that game? Colorado’s 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks had a little bit of everything in it, from Nathan MacKinnon having the quietest three-point night of his life to Cale Makar taking another star turn and building on his impressive Norris Trophy credentials to Val Nichushkin setting a well-deserved career-high in points. You also…...

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Hockey sure is easy when you score all the goals in the game, isn’t it? For the second straight game, the Avalanche rolled to a 3-0 shutout as the skaters for Colorado took a patient approach with a very banged up Los Angeles Kings roster and waited for mistakes to shake loose and then pounce. That’s exactly how this played…...

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That was a hell of a hockey game. During the course of the 82-game regular season, there are always a few that stand out ahead of the others. Colorado’s 2-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight will absolutely be one of those games we look back on and remember that this one was just a bit different. Without a goal…...

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