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It’s like I’ve been saying this whole time, the Avs only win this game if Andre Burakovsky and  J.T. Compher score. I didn’t say that, but it’s beginning to feel like a part of their second-half of the season identity: however it may look, find ways to win. Despite coming in on the second leg of a back-to-back, there was…...

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The Avalanche finished up their four-game road trip with a 3-1 record after a tidy 5-2 win tonight over the Detroit Red Wings in Little Caesars Arena. It finished off the Avalanche schedule against the Atlantic Division with a comical 12-3-1 record with only one of those losses coming after the first week of December. That loss was the 5-1…...

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It hasn’t happened very often this year but the Colorado Avalanche got smoked today in a game that was never all as close as the final score might indicate. Given that the Avs lost 5-1 to the Boston Bruins, it’s pretty telling how poorly they played that it probably should have been worse. Darcy Kuemper is the guy who is…...

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Afternoon games are just weird. This year’s Avalanche team has largely bucked convention and just won games anyway regardless of the history of a challenging situation they’ve found themselves in. Today’s 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres is much of the same, though it certainly didn’t as easily as…...

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There’s nothing in the NHL quite like when two teams meet up in the regular season after a contentious playoff series. Players, coaches, fans, front office people, everyone feels the little extra juice involved in running it back against a team you just went to war with in the last run of the postseason gauntlet. Last year’s Colorado-Vegas series was…...

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On Super Bowl Sunday, the NHL had the brilliant (I’m not being sarcastic) idea to blow off a morning of talking about something that’s going to happen later and have a handful of NHL teams play make-up games from the waves of COVID that crashed onto the league’s shores during December. One of those games took what would have been…...

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Sports gambling has taken hold of the entire sporting world in part because of the thrill of trying to predict the future in the notoriously unpredictable world of games. Tonight’s Avalanche loss to the Arizona Coyotes was one that saw the crumbling of countless parlays and the end of two lengthy streaks, 18 straight at home and 10 straight overall.…...

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Full disclosure: this game was a little bit of a disappointment for me. The Colorado Avalanche came into this game against the lowly Buffalo Sabres with a chance to extend their winning streak to 10 straight games, and an opportunity to push their home winning streak to an absurd 18 consecutive wins. While they did eventually do all of that,…...

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In a month that has seen the Avalanche climb the record books with a 17-game home winning streak, they also moved into a tie for second place for the most wins in a month with their 14th win in January. It is a record for most wins in January, however, which is nice. When the Avs host the Buffalo Sabres…...

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You remember in that movie “The Prestige” where two magicians are having an epic battle to see how they can one-up each other and one of them comes up with a trick the other simply can’t explain and it turns out to be something truly dark and twisted that pushed the one magician ahead of the other? That’s what this…...

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I’ve been struggling with what to write about tonight’s Avalanche win over the Los Angeles Kings. You see, I went with the whole “goaltender steals the show” angle last night when the Avs beat the Anaheim Ducks, so it’s hard to go back to the well. The reality is, this was Darcy Kuemper’s game. Unlike last night in Anaheim, the…...

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As this Colorado Avalanche season has gone on, it’s been a lot of different ways of winning for the home squad here in Denver. Historically, teams will tell you that more is learned from the losses and those painful lessons can only be acquired by falling down and getting up. After winning the President’s Trophy last year as the NHL’s…...

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Well, the Avs won again. Their home winning streak is now up to 13 after they won a more-exciting-than-expected shootout contest against the Arizona Coyotes to cap off a 4-3 win that had a little of everything in it. Special teams played a major role as Colorado’s atrocious penalty kill finally stepped up as the Avs killed off two minutes…...

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There are lots of truths to be told after Colorado’s five-game winning streak came to an end tonight in Nashville in a 5-4 overtime loss. Let’s just start there and see where we end up. One of the truths is that the too-many-men penalty called on the Avalanche in the extra session appears to have no basis in reality. Also…...

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At a past job, we would have two-day quarterly meetings that would serve as a reflection on how things are going, and what the game plan is going forward. One of the topics that would take up the majority of the first day was “what is the smell in your office?” That didn’t mean, are your employees clean and do…...

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Two nights ago, when the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks in an overtime thriller, we talked on the DNVR Avalanche Postgame Show about how the Avs have been impressive this season in their ability to win in a variety of different games and situations. Well, that was on display again tonight. After a back and forth first period that…...

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As Colorado’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks developed tonight, there were plenty of interesting storylines that seemed to take center stage for a time. First, the Avs jumped all over the Hawks and built a 2-0 lead after a dominant first period that could have been 3-0 without an excellent save from Marc-Andre Fleury to stonewall Tyson Jost on the…...

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Man oh man it feels so good to be back doing this. I hate these pauses. I hate them so much. Forget the reason why, whether it’s for COVID, Olympics, the All-Star Game, hell, even the offseason. I hate them all. Hockey has been my life for literally as long as I can remember, and being someone who grew up…...

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What the hell was that? A game was just played tonight in which 12 players between two teams (seven for Nashville, five for Colorado) were unable to participate due to positive COVID tests and a 13th, Jack Johnson, was held out of most of the first period as waited for test results. In addition to that, it ended up being…...

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Woo boy, ok. That game left me feeling like I need a cigarette, and I don’t smoke. But, as the old saying goes, any time you can start your organization’s fourth goalie and still win, you’ll take it. No? Is that not a saying? Well, it is now, because I said it. The Colorado Avalanche won 7-5 on a night…...

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