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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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Who knew the season series against the Ottawa Senators would provide so much drama? After Colorado’s 7-5 home win against the Sens last week, the Avalanche visited Ottawa’s barn and another roller coaster ensued with Ottawa getting a 6-5 overtime win this time around. It was a game full of controversy, however, as Ottawa’s third goal is the kind that...

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Let’s talk some caveats here as we get into Colorado’s 8-3 shelling at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was kind of a weird situation and it produced a weird game so let’s be real about the circumstances. Everything was proceeding as normal and then randomly Justus Annunen, who practiced in Loveland with the Eagles this morning, was...

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It was a near picture-perfect response from the Colorado Avalanche after their lackluster performance last night in Dallas, as the Avs knocked off old friend Matt Duchene and the Nashville Predators 6-2 Saturday night back at home. If you tuned into the DNVR Avalanche Postgame Show after the Avs lost 3-1 in Dallas, you heard a show filled with plenty...

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Let’s start with some caveats before we get to whatever you want to call what happened tonight in Dallas. The Avalanche came into the game tonight on a six-game winning streak, all without Nathan MacKinnon and while also missing important depth players such as J.T. Compher and Bowen Byram, but mainly no MacKinnon. It’s hard to feel too much negativity...

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As sports betting seemingly creeps into every aspect of our lives, you learn a few things along the way. This year, I’ve learned that typical NHL over/under lines sit at 5.5 or, if it’s a particularly explosive matchup, all the way up to 6.5 but rarely get higher than that. So when the Colorado Avalanche beat the Ottawa Senators in...

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A determined victory against a desperate team? Another win where the Avs just scrape by an inferior opponent? One more nail in the coffin of the Travis Green era in Vancouver? Another blown Avalanche lead? A third-period comeback victory? It seems to me that whatever angle you want to view the Colorado Avalanche’s 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in,...

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Winning changes some things, doesn’t it? Earlier in the week, Nathan MacKinnon was lost for three weeks (ish) and the Avs were coming off back-to-back losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets. They were hurting physically and emotionally and in danger of watching things spiral out of control on them. Then the Avs blew out the Vancouver Canucks in a 7-1...

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Eyes versus analytics. Heart versus mind. Confidence versus doubt. Right now, the Avs are deeply involved in all of those battles and, at least from the peanut gallery’s seat, losing two of them. It was a good analytics night for the Avs. I was genuinely surprised to see what all the postgame numbers ended up being. Giving up 22 scoring...

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Last week, I wrote about Colorado’s search for an identity. After a disappointing loss to a hurting Vegas team on home ice, the Avs responded with strong wins over St. Louis and Minnesota, two teams off to great starts who were stopped in their tracks by the Avalanche. Maybe it’s the lingering effects of the hellscape that was 2020 but...

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The evolution of the Avalanche has been one of the more low-key fascinating storylines to enjoy the last couple of years. While saddled with a reputation as a high-flying, high-scoring team that loves to run and gun and skate and play an exciting brand of hockey, they’ve very quietly improved their defense to the point where it is one of...

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