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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C- Everyone will be pointing to getting him out of the lineup in place of Newhook, but I don’t know if that happens. NAK was on the ice with the net empty because he at least had some jump going. Andre Burakovsky – D It’s really getting hard to defend the constant pull-up, peel back and look…...

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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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Given his team is 5-0 in the postseason for the second straight season, there’s a sneaky amount of pressure on Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar right now. It’s not the kind of pressure that results in a coach losing his job (if that was ever even a possibility, it ended with the tidy sweep of the Predators), but with…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B In the first period, I was ready to declare it time to see Alex Newhook. But as the game went on, NAK started to turn up the heat. Threw a big hit on Kyrou in overtime along the wall, and played a big role in the Girard goal. He’s doing what’s asked of him. Andre Burakovsky…...

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This morning, Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar addressed the media for what felt like the 20th time since his team last saw game action. Bednar wasn’t his usual chatty self, there were actually several times he gave one-word or one-line answers. I asked him what he was looking for out of Sam Girard, given the way his postseason performance…...

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Here we go, Round 2 is finally all set and we are ready to go. We did ok in the first round in terms of our series predictions, but our props missed a little more than we would like. Let’s rectify that this time around, yeah? Tampa Bay +145 vs. Florida If you think Tampa is winning, this is great…...

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What a Round 1. That was one of the more chaotic opening rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs that I can remember. The individual games weren’t always super close, but the overall series were fantastic. Plenty of interesting storylines, and some great matchups set up in Round 2, here’s where I see every team that’s still standing. 1. Tampa Bay…...

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Right after Nathan MacKinnon scored the empty-net goal that would ice the Colorado Avalanche’s first-round sweep of the Nashville Predators, I sat inside Bridgestone Arena and forced myself to stop for just a second and appreciate what I was witnessing.  It wasn’t about the sweep, and it honestly wasn’t even about the result of the series. It was about how…...

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Let’s start this Round 2 preview between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues by establishing something that I think is important: This is not last year and the regular-season meetings between these two teams do not matter. There might be plenty of optimism about the Avs-Blues matchup in Colorado, but last year’s sweep of the Blues in Round 1…...

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Well, Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter gave everyone an amusing soundbite when he mentioned being a wild card team would be “a waste of eight days.” Turns out, the Avs only needed seven. Upon getting their fourth sweep in Avalanche history and second in as many years, the Avs are off to the second round for the fourth consecutive…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C I didn’t like his game the majority of the evening, but then in the third period, he had a legendary shift where he protected the puck along the boards and kept control for around a 40-second shift. It’s just too inconsistent with him. Andre Burakovsky – A He got on the scoreboard in the most Burky…...

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They say that the fourth and final win you need to close out a Stanley Cup Playoff series is the hardest one to get, and the Colorado Avalanche got a good reminder of that as they were looking to put the Nashville Predators in the rearview mirror and move on to Round 2. It was a tentative crowd inside Bridgestone…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C+ He had one issue along the boards in the first but managed to avoid the big ones like he had last game. Pretty quiet game overall, with his best shift coming in the third in the offensive zone that ended with a good backcheck to force a turnover. Andre Burakovsky – C+ Drew a penalty, and…...

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The thing we love about playoff hockey is the drama, and Game 3 between the Colorado Avalanche and the Nashville Predators had no shortage of it.  Now, we’re going to get into the details of the game, but we have to start with what ended up being the biggest story of the night, and that’s Darcy Kuemper.  With just about…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – D Oh boy, if you’re in the lineup to be heavy and hard to play against, you can’t be completely soft along the wall. A handful of turnovers that killed zone exits and led to zone time. Not good enough. Andre Burakovsky – B- Defensively, really strong, and did a surprisingly good job down low. Offensively, still…...

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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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The Colorado Avalanche blew out the Nashville Predators 7-2 in Game 1 of the playoff series last night to give the Avs the early edge. There’s lots of hockey left, of course, but Colorado’s dominant five-goal first period ended the game before the Predators even really had a chance to sink their teeth into the contest. One of the areas…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B+ A bit of a surprise to sneak into the Game 1 lineup, but did so because of his heaviness on the puck, and he showed it a good bit tonight. Big hit on Ekholm in the third period and the Avs dominated with him on the ice. Andre Burakovsky – B+ The setup of the third…...

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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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Last night was pretty fun, eh? With the first night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the books, it’s time for the Colorado Avalanche to continue their journey. A team full of expectations and with an excellent roster top to bottom, Colorado is a heavy favorite in the first-round series that begins today against Central Division rival Nashville. The Avalanche…...

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