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This…was a weird one. The entire vibe in the arena leading up to the game felt a little off, then the game started and was completely lacking any energy from either team. Even when Vegas scored two first-period goals to lead 2-0 after the first period, it felt like everyone in the building was collectively struggling to get any kind…...

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Andre Burakovsky – D Started the game in the doghouse on the fourth line, and his play really didn’t help dig him out of it. Moreso, the performance of some other forwards got him moved up late in the game. Pretty pedestrian start to the year for him. Bowen Byram – B I love the confidence he’s playing with. There…...

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When the regular season starts and the games start to count, we often get so caught up in the day-to-day minutiae of everything that we occasionally forget some of the bigger picture stuff along the way. As the Avs started 1-3 and played some pretty ghastly hockey along the way, it was easy to forget that every team outside the…...

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Andre Burakovsky – C+ Lots of chances in the game, probably some of the better ones for the Avs, but no finish. Still felt like he was a little soft on the puck at times but the process was much better for him. Bowen Byram – C+ Felt pretty up and down, which I expected when he was moved to…...

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Andre Burakovsky – F Soft. That’s the one word I would use to describe him tonight. Knocked off the puck with ease, and when he tried to make plays, they were just too soft. Started on the top line, but didn’t finish there. Bowen Byram – C+ One of the few bright spots amongst a lot of poor performances. Continued…...

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Let’s start this off by collectively taking a deep breath. The start of this Avalanche season has been nothing short of chaotic. An opening night win over Chicago already feels like a lifetime ago as the Avs have gone through a game with a  partial lineup due to salary cap constraints and then a sequence of not expecting the COVID…...

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Around the world, every major professional and junior hockey league is underway and things are at least back to normal-ish. With graduations to both the AHL and NHL, the Avs prospect pool is a bit thinner than in previous years but there is still plenty of high-end potential to be found. Returning players will be making up lost ground as…...

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One of the many things I love about the NHL’s regular season is that every year there are a handful of games that you almost have too many storylines and in the ashes of the postgame scramble to pump out content you don’t even know what to make of it. Tonight’s 5-3 final with the St. Louis Blues surviving the…...

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The Avs started their season without superstar center Nathan MacKinnon and head coach Jared Bednar. Now, they’re going to be without their captain. The NHL Department of Safety announced on Thursday afternoon that Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended for two games for a hit late in the season opener on Kirby Dach. On the ice, the refs gave Landeskog two…...

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Andre Burakovsky – C+ I liked Burky a lot in the first period. Made the nice feed cross-ice to Johnson for his breakaway goal, and had some nice passes. After that, there were some struggles. He was put in a weird spot behind the net on the power play and had a tough turnover at his own blue line that…...

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Philipp Grubauer won plenty of games last year for the Colorado Avalanche. 30 of 40 of them, in fact, as he had a Vezina Trophy-caliber season. Yet, when the NHL season opened last night, Grubauer was in Seattle watching four pucks find their way behind him as he started and lost the first game in Kraken history. Back in Denver,…...

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The preseason is over. The roster is set. Opening night in the NHL is tonight. We’ve done podcasts and preview videos and written pieces about the team. It’s just about time for the NHL season to get underway. Before it happens, though, we’re going to do one more roundtable discussion about the Avalanche and the rest of the league. Let’s…...

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The Avalanche announced the last of their transactions this morning as they cut their roster down to the required limit. Instead of actually getting to 23, the Avalanche will open with a 21-man roster after they sent defenseman Justin Barron and forward Mikhail Maltsev to the Colorado Eagles. Defenseman Jacob MacDonald was placed on waivers yesterday and cleared. He is…...

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It’s been a busy couple of days for the Avalanche, at least in terms of news, as the team continues to make its way to next Wednesday’s opening night tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks. This isn’t going to be a lengthy piece so let’s just take a look at where things sit with the Avs right now, starting with the…...

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