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Andrew Cogliano – D+ He scored a goal and that was great, but it was an incredibly soft one that shouldn’t beat an NHL goaltender. It was Cogliano’s penalty that Brad Hunt kept from happening with the weird interference call. Lazy feet in the neutral zone helped create the mess that was LA’s fourth goal. Hard to believe Cogliano would…

Andrew Cogliano – D He was back to being the warrior we have become accustomed to seeing since his arrival, but he just wasn’t very effective tonight. His line didn’t do much offensively and had the rare bad night defensively. J.T. Compher – C This is one of those games where Compher treaded water as a 1C but also was…

Anton Blidh – C Against his former team, you’d have thought there might have been something a little extra in the tank. That wasn’t really the case. One of the few games I didn’t think he actively held his line back. Andrew Cogliano – C+ Scored his first goal of the season which actually involved him shooting the puck. I…

Dryden Hunt – INC We’ve always said in this space that we aren’t grading guys when they play under five minutes. Hunt got to Denver about 3 AM and had a short video session and one morning skate to figure it all out. It’s no wonder he only played 4:27. Bowen Byram – A- Defensively, Byram was very good in…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B My problem with NAK has too often been his biggest contribution being in the first period and then he just does nothing. Not the case tonight. I really liked his game throughout and his physicality showed why he is a legitimate option for the lineup in the postseason. He can handle that kind of game. Andre…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – D I don’t really have much on NAK tonight. It was a quiet night but when you spend the entire game in your own zone defending, it’s tough to make too much of a mark, I suppose. Andre Burakovsky – C I really liked Burakovsky last night but tonight was really all the bad stuff in his…...

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Pavel Francouz – B Another solid outing for Francouz, but the second goal was just downright bad. Against a team that is desperate for offense, giving them a freebie helped create a big hill to climb. Once the team in front of him climbed it, however, Francouz slammed the door shut with some great saves late. Nicolas Aube-Kubel – A+…...

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Darcy Kuemper – INC I certainly haven’t been easy on Kuemper this year but I don’t know how you can really look at any of those goals and say they were Kuemper’s fault. His pulling was more about changing the momentum in the game and trying to kickstart the team than anything else. I’m not bagging on Kuemper for this…...

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Darcy Kuemper – A This was absolutely what Colorado envisioned in the offseason trade to acquire Kuemper. The second goal was the all-too-familiar goal below his blocker where he’s repeatedly been beaten this season but none of them were laughers and he shut the door at the end…with a little assistance from Erik Johnson. Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C An interesting…...

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Darcy Kuemper – B Kind of weird game to grade. Kuemper’s best work came with the score out of hand, but it stayed there because of his best work. Of course, it only got close because of his worst work, which was that second Detroit goal that absolutely cannot happen. He’s just given up too many of those this year…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B He brought a physical presence, didn’t take a penalty, was fine in shot metrics and tallied an assist. Exactly what more could you be asking for from NAK? Darcy Kuemper – B- The first goal is off the skate of his own player, the second off his own face, and the third beat him cleanly but…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C- He was really amped up and it showed. That manifested in some good ways but also some bad with him taking another needless penalty, this one in the offensive zone, and it led to a goal against and helped Philadelphia briefly climb back into the game. Justus Annunen – C- Claude Giroux’s goals were bombs. The…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B- He took another penalty but it was completely made-up nonsense. He also scored a goal, the seventh to make it 7-0, so it’s not like I’m giving him tons of credit for that. A fine performance after a mess of a first game. Something to build from. Andre Burakovsky – A+ I’ve always been harder on…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – F Is this too harsh for the new guy’s first game? Definitely, but welcome to a team that has expectations and standards. He was a total non-factor in the role in which he started and his biggest problem, taking penalties, showed up as he took the first Avs penalty of the game in which the Canucks used…...

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Andre Burakovsky – C Better than his game two nights ago but still not what the Avalanche needs from him. He missed an open net on a backdoor tap-in off a centering feed from MacKinnon. That’s what he needs. Something to build some confidence from, something to go right for him. It didn’t happen tonight and he remains a player…...

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