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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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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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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B+ Bellemare already has his career-high in points with 35 games left in the year. Just let that sink in for a second. Great play by him at the defensive blue line to deflect the puck away for Calvert. He had a strong game and even though it wasn’t at even strength, it was nice to…...

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We talked on the podcast this week about how Colorado can turn around this losing skid of theirs. It wasn’t a complicated formula. Don’t lose the special teams battle. Get saves. Win at even strength. We said two of those three would be sufficient to get Colorado over the hump and help them close out an opponent. In a 4-0…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – D Bellemare had just come off the bench on the Malkin goal and got a little too aggressive, which left Malkin open for a split second. That’s all a guy like that needs. Smaller mistakes like that are things Bellemare typically avoids. Andre Burakovsky – C Like we said last game, Burakovsky just isn’t scoring goals…...

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In an Avalanche season highlighted by rookie sensation Cale Makar’s fearless dominance and success from all of Joe Sakic’s offseason additions, it’s easy to lose track of Nathan MacKinnon. Take last week’s 7-3 blowout of the conference-leading St. Louis Blues for example. Sam Girard clearly raised his game in an uncharacteristic four-point explosion. The newly-signed defenseman stole the night’s storyline not because he…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have played over 24 minutes of hockey with an empty-net this season, placing them squarely in the middle of the league. Despite having the highest-powered offense in the league the Avs have yet to score a goal with six skaters on the ice (only the Carolina Hurricanes can say the same). This time on The Tape we…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – D Bellemare took a beating in the face-off circle, winning just four of the 12 he took overall. He got his stick on the pass that went to Zibanejad on the tying goal in the first period, but wasn’t able to get all of it. Andre Burakovsky – C+ Burakovsky isn’t scoring goals like he was…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – C- This was the type of game that Bellemare would work well in, as it was a grind it out battle, but he was relatively invisible, which isn’t really a bad thing for him. No shots on goal, no blocks, so he just existed in a game where a lot of guys did the same. Andre…...

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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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This time on The Tape we are diving into Nikita Zadorov’s bare-bones approach to defense this season. 1. Physicality. Hitting always has and always will be a key part of Zadorov’s game but it doesn’t have to be a bone-rattling open-ice hit. His six-foot-six, 235-pound frame is a massive advantage, literally. When he goes into the corner with a smaller…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – A Tying your career-high in goals and points halfway through the season isn’t a bad start to your Avs career. The goal was a little bit of a gift, but you take them any way you can get them. Important face-off win from him on the Cole goal. Andre Burakovsky – B He had a lot…...

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There’s a scene from “The Office” where main character and cliche-ruiner Michael Scott realizes he has the upper hand on his former employer and he starts a conversation by saying, “Well, well, well. How the turntables…” before trailing off and realizing he’s screwed up the phrase. That’s kind of what I imagined tonight when Nathan MacKinnon and Sam Girard had…...

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1. The Avalanche host a playoff series this season This requires a few things right off the bat that have not been given in previous years: Colorado makes the postseason and they don’t just squeak in. The Avs are in a self-inflicted rut after losing leads in the third period of four of their last five games. On the flip…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – C Bellemare had a bit of a disconnected controller moment on the first goal of the game, but evened it out the final bit of the game. He did seem to lose every single face-off in overtime on the penalty kill but it didn’t end up hurting the team overall. Andre Burakovsky – B- Burakovsky did…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – A Don’t blame these guys. Another two goals from the line that should be the fourth line, is used as the third line but is actually the second line for this team. Bellemare was also dominant in the face-off circle. Andre Burakovsky – D Since he’s come back from his injury, Burakovsky has been way too…...

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