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Andre Burakovsky – A- Hard to really complain about two goals in a return game, especially when he was really struggling to hit the net before his injury. Second goal was a great effort that also showcased his skill. Had an ugly turnover in the third that led to a good chance, but as you will see in other player…...

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Eyes versus analytics. Heart versus mind. Confidence versus doubt. Right now, the Avs are deeply involved in all of those battles and, at least from the peanut gallery’s seat, losing two of them. It was a good analytics night for the Avs. I was genuinely surprised to see what all the postgame numbers ended up being. Giving up 22 scoring…...

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The Jack Eichel trade went down at the crack of dawn yesterday morning, ending an embarrassing saga for the Buffalo Sabres who essentially held their star player and former captain medically hostage while they waited for teams to pony up the assets to free him of the shackles of being a Sabre. Vegas was always one of the most logical…...

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Bowen Byram – A- It wasn’t perfect, as he was missing some shots on the powerplay and got beat down in terms of possession, but big-time plays are what got this team a point. His first goal started with him blocking a shot in his own end. His shot is why he got the nod on the top PP unit…...

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Last week, I wrote about Colorado’s search for an identity. After a disappointing loss to a hurting Vegas team on home ice, the Avs responded with strong wins over St. Louis and Minnesota, two teams off to great starts who were stopped in their tracks by the Avalanche. Maybe it’s the lingering effects of the hellscape that was 2020 but…...

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Andre Burakovsky – C Still can’t hit the broad side of a barn, but a great pass on the Landeskog goal. He left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury, and the only thing I saw happen to him was him taking a weird, awkward tumble after the EJ goal. Bowen Byram – B- Liked Byram’s game,…...

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The evolution of the Avalanche has been one of the more low-key fascinating storylines to enjoy the last couple of years. While saddled with a reputation as a high-flying, high-scoring team that loves to run and gun and skate and play an exciting brand of hockey, they’ve very quietly improved their defense to the point where it is one of…...

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Identity is a tricky thing. Most of us spend years trying to search for the things in life that will come to define our time on earth. For some, it comes easier, but there are those that badly struggle with it as they grapple with the feeling of not finding a place to fit in. It’s a huge deal on…...

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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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