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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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The regular season is over and the road to the Stanley Cup is set for the Colorado Avalanche. They open up in Round 1 as the number one seed out west, taking on a Nashville Predators team that sputtered a bit coming into the postseason as they blew a four-goal lead against the Arizona Coyotes in the final game of…...

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Well, folks, we made it. The regular season is officially behind us, and what a regular season it was for the Colorado Avalanche. Now, we are staring down the emotional rollercoaster that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  For the first time since the 2018-2019 season, the Colorado Avalanche completed an 82-game schedule, and boy oh boy did it feel like…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C+ Picks up a nice assist whacking away at the puck on the weird O’Connor goal. His best moment came in the third period with an epic shift, which ended with him taking a Preds player off the puck and hitting Compher for a one-timer. Andre Burakovsky – D Great play on the Lehkonen goal, showed some…...

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With news of Juuse Saros’ injury ahead of tonight’s game, there was real concern for a Nashville team that otherwise stacks up well against this Colorado Avalanche team. The match-ups for these two teams throughout this season have been anything but bland. In December, an already COVID-interrupted season was further disrupted by an uptick in cases throughout the league. Justin…...

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The story of Valeri Nichushkin’s odyssey through the NHL is pretty well-worn territory by this point. When he landed in Colorado late in the offseason after being bought out by Dallas, he was coming off a season where he scored zero goals and just 10 assists in 57 games. It wasn’t even like the Stars weren’t playing him. 57 games…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C Seeing him on the second line was interesting, but probably a sign, more than anything, that he’s a floater and come postseason, isn’t likely to be in the top 12 forward crew. Andre Burakovsky – D- It’s funny the Avs won tonight because their high end skill guys up front were not at their best. Burakovsky…...

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The Colorado Avalanche normally start their morning skate practice at 10:30 AM on game days. This morning though, as the media filed into the main seating bowl at Ball Arena, the team was noticeably absent from the ice until almost 10:45.  Once media availability rolled around, head coach Jared Bednar reviled that the team was late getting on the ice…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C Ugly turnovers led to him taking a penalty at the end of the first but liked him other than that. Big hit in the second period pissed the Jets off so much that they spent the rest of that period trying to kill him. Andre Burakovsky – D He was pretty invisible at even strength, but…...

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Going into the third period with the score still sitting at 0-0, the Colorado Avalanche had to feel pretty good about their chances to end their three-game losing skid and beat the Winnipeg Jets to salvage something from what had been a nightmare of a road trip to that point. The Avs had been outplayed through two periods but had…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C+ Aube-Kubel had some legs, unlike a lot of the team, who I thought looked sluggish. Had some nice chip and chase moments and was willing to hold onto the puck a little bit on the third line. Felt more dangerous than his two linemates. Andre Burakovsky – C- Burky picks up points in games I really…...

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Depth is really important in the NHL, but I would venture a guess that on at least seven out of every 10 games that an NHL team plays, the results will follow how a team’s best players do. In tonight’s 6-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, we saw Colorado’s best players fail to really show up and impact the game…...

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It’ll be the tale of two themes this week. I want to take a look at the various playoff races unfolding around the league, things have gotten very interesting in the past seven days. Obviously though not every team is in a playoff race this time of year, so for those teams we’ll be looking at what they need to…...

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Andre Burakovsky – D One of the better chances of the game came in the second period with Burky in the slot, but Grubauer was able to make the save. Got a tough minus on the third Seattle goal as he just jumped on the ice. Bowen Byram – C Had some decent chances, including a shorthanded look at the…...

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