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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C When together, the fourth line was pretty bad, but Bellemare gets kudos for his penalty-killing work. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but some big shot blocks to just do what he could to help the team out. Andre Burakovsky – B+ Easily their best player on the ice that wasn’t in the net, and even…...

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Listening to Jared Bednar dissect his team’s performance in postgame pressers has always been something I’ve enjoyed over the years. He’s honest and isn’t afraid to be pointed with his criticism and he tends to be a little more thorough than other coaches. It was that history that made his immediate comments following Colorado’s 2-1 win over Vegas stand out…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C Super low-event game from the fourth line. Out there for a goal and then a goal against. Picked up a free assist when Makar decided to go to town on Toews’s 2nd goal. Bellemare looks way better with two speedy wingers, which he had tonight. Andre Burakovsky – B+ Quite literally the only secondary scorer producing…...

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Last night, the Avalanche toppled the Kings with a 3-2 win that was driven by a number of young players coming into their own. It was a validation of Colorado’s draft and development program, something that has been very hit-or-miss over the years. Tonight’s 3-2 win over Los Angeles by the Avs is a good example of how different things…...

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If you hopped into a time machine and traveled back to draft night in 2016 and watched the Avs select Tyson Jost with the 10th pick and then came back to 2021 without any knowledge of what happened in that time, seeing the Avs start the game with Jost centering Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen would not have been a…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C The fourth line was…whatever. Bellemare had a nice shot block on the penalty kill on a Burns shot that got the puck out, but beyond that, there was little that line did to make you feel good about it in their first game. Andre Burakovsky – B- Another great goal. That line was probably the Avs…...

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After finding their way to their first comeback win of the year (at least in terms of entering the third period trailing and finding a way to win), the Avalanche did the exact opposite tonight. Entering the game with a 27-0-1 record when entering the third period with a lead, Colorado blew what had been a 2-0 lead at one…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C- Got bailed out on a clean lost face-off in the second period that the Sharks rang off the iron. Beyond that, not much to watch, as the Avs didn’t kill much in terms of penalties, and with being down most of the game, Bellemare didn’t play a ton. Andre Burakovsky – B+ As soon as he…...

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I wrote about what an odd game it was two nights ago in their 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks and how it was defined by so many things you just don’t see very often in a single game. Tonight was headed for loss by the Avs to those same Sharks and was also weird but for very different…...

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Remember way back in 2017 when the Colorado Avalanche drafted Cale Makar fourth overall and put the franchise on a completely different trajectory? Of course you do. What gets lost in the shuffle sometimes is what the Avs did next. With the first pick of the second round, they selected a player they had ranked in the middle of the…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C- 500th game, which is an achievement in and of itself, but for a guy who entered the league late, it’s even more impressive. Not his best night overall, and the most memorable thing to happen to him was a Sherwood shot to the junk. Andre Burakovsky – B Some pretty strong zone entries in this game,…...

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When your top line generates 23 shots on goal and scores three goals, you had better walk out of the contest with two points. The Avalanche did exactly that tonight as they secured a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks that has a final score much closer than the on-ice action would suggest. To put it mildly, this was…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – A One thing is apparent: Bellemare plays much better with two speedy wingers around him. That’s not how he’s built, so having two linemates that can help with retrieval is huge for him. Fourth line was great. His shot share numbers were out of control, and the PK was solid. Andre Burakovsky – C Thought he was…...

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The Colorado Avalanche won tonight. It was a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks. By virtue of Vegas losing to Arizona tonight and Minnesota losing to St. Louis the last two nights (one in overtime), much of the frustration from the now-dead three-game losing has been soothed as the Avalanche firmed up their position in second place while staying…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – D The only fourth-liner who didn’t look completely awful, except he took a penalty early when the team had no momentum, so that doesn’t help. Andre Burakovsky – D I think I saw Burky take more snapshots tonight than I have all year, and none of them were that great, one sailing well over the net. On…...

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Following two straight losses in St. Louis to the suddenly-surging Blues, Colorado rolled into Vegas to take on the Golden Knights in a matchup anticipated by everyone. These are two teams everyone views as Stanley Cup contenders and the two likeliest teams to come out of the West Division in the postseason. With Vegas four points up on Colorado in…...

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The Colorado Eagles have become a comfortable home for first-round picks of the Avalanche this year and that only gets truer today as Colorado’s top selection from the 2020 draft has signed his entry-level contract and joined the Eagles. Justin Barron, 19, has always been on the fast track to the AHL due to his age and high level of…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C The fourth line did some decent things and drew a few penalties, but Bellemare was one of the guys on the ice for the first goal against. He was not the problem on that goal, though. Andre Burakovsky – D Took way too long to release a few of his shots. Had some pucks come to…...

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Sometimes you can just feel a stinker of a game coming up. It’s been a while since the Avalanche really had one (the 8-3 loss at Minnesota to end their point streak certainly qualifies) but tonight’s 4-1 loss was the first time since maybe opening night where it felt like they weren’t even competitive. There were those few minutes in…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C- Lost face-off cleanly on the game-winning goal. 5 on 3, so a lot has to go right to kill it, but starts with the face-off. The fourth line is just a mishmash of different types of players and doesn’t seem to be a great fit for any of them right now. Andre Burakovsky – B Plenty…...

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