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The Avs actually got off to a good start tonight, and were leading in shots 7-2 before a harmless shot from the point got past Varlamov and changed the game.  The Avs were never able to recover and regain their composure, and lost to the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Tyson Barrie (C-) – I’m…...

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Follow me on Twitter if you’re interested in Avalanche-related musings and Matt Duchene advocacy. Note: Both the structure and content of this article were directly inspired by the work of Josh Weissbock and Money Puck, who were in turn aided by contributors such as Rhys Jessop and Garret Hohl. Much thanks to them for graciously allowing me to make use…...

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The Avs got contributions from all their big guns tonight, and put a season high 42 shots towards the Flames net on their way to a 6-3 victory. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Tyson Barrie (B) – Three assists for Barrie, and he was much more active jumping into the play.  The Avs will not be successful with…...

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The Avs played well for the majority of today’s game against the San Jose Sharks, but a late goal by Brent Burns and an empty net goal sealed their fate, and they lots another game, this time with a final score 4-3. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Tyson Barrie (D) – You look at the box score and…...

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The Avs were not able to carry over any momentum from an important win the night before, as they fell to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.  Although the score ended up being close, Carolina controlled the majority of the play throughout the game at even strength and limited the Avs chances. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Tyson Barrie…...

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The Avs were solid at even strength for most of the evening, and despite another night of poor special teams play, were able to hold off the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2-1 victory. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Tyson Barrie (B+) – I don’t know if the suspension woke up Barrie, but he’s looked like the…...

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The Colorado Avalanche went 0-for-5 on the power play, while surrendering three power play goals to the Florida Panthers, as well as a short-handed goal, and lost to the Panthers 4-1.  The Avs had plenty of chances to tie it up in the second period, including a 5-on-3 power play, but were unable to get a goal and the Panthers…...

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The San Antonio Rampage opening night roster is starting to take shape as depth signings continue to trickle in. While some players are fully expected to start the season in Texas, there are more than a few who will be battling for a spot with the Avalanche on opening night. This week begins a series of articles looking at…...

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The Colorado flag is completely played out. They hand you a beer coozy and a t-shirt emblazoned with the well-worn Colorado “C” when you cross the border or get off your plane at DIA, wide eyed at the wonder that is the Centennial state. The Colorado “C”, once the realm of local hipsters trying to show pride in the Rocky Mountain region,…...

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The diaspora of sports fans across our country now rivals the journey of the Irish to America and Moses leading his people out of Egypt. At any arena or stadium in the country you’ll see droves of fans from other cities, making their presence known like children given too much Mountain Dew. Hell, I’m pretty sure they held a…...

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When the Colorado Avalanche did not get the magical lottery combination last Saturday night during the NHL Draft Lottery, they were locked into the 10th overall selection in the first round. While there was much conversation about the team winning 3 games in a row to end the season and in the process likely costing them the 8th overall selection,…...

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Yesterday we took a look at the 2009 draft class for the Colorado Avalanche and the franchise-changing power a single great day at the draft can possess. Today, we’re going to delve into the draft class that immediately followed it to provide a stark contrast to how the fortunes can change so quickly. Unlike in 2009, the Avalanche were…...

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The Entry Draft is an event in every major sport that fans are naturally attracted to because you get to see the future of the sport right in front of you. Hockey, unlike football or basketball and much more like baseball, is a sport whose draft is an event that celebrates the long-term projectability of teenagers prodigious talents rather than…...

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One last hurrah. One final invasion from enemy fans. One more swan song on a season where the excuses piled up faster than the wins. As a sea of red washed over the Pepsi Center as the always-robust Blackhawks bandwagon invaded for the final time this season, the Colorado Avalanche cried havoc and let slip the dogs of war, racing…...

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Late in the season, searching for positives and desperate to find redeeming qualities, the Colorado Avalanche gave everyone the story of the season when rookie Joey Hishon’s story of redemption, his long battle against concussions and the long-derailed career of the once-great prospect finally appearing back on track, overtook the hockey world. Very quietly, Avs backup goaltender Reto Berra has…...

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Officially eliminated from the playoffs and embarrassed in their last game, the Colorado Avalanche players and coaches have spent the last few days leading up to tonight’s contest versus the Nashville Predators saying they were playing their final 3 games of the season, all at home, for the pleasure of the fans to say thank you for the year-long support.…...

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Before the puck even dropped between the Colorado Avalanche and hosting Los Angeles Kings, the Avs had been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race when the Winnipeg Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks earlier in the day. The dream was officially dead. Everyone knew it was a matter of time as the Avs had consistently failed to capitalize on the weak…...

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In a disappointing season for the Colorado Avalanche, it’s all about finding the small things to take solace in. For one more night, the Avs staved off mathematical elimination from the playoffs as they held off the Anaheim Ducks on the road, 4-2, despite being thoroughly outplayed for much of the game. A breakaway goal by Matt Duchene, his 21st…...

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One of the saving graces of being realistically eliminated from the playoff race with two weeks left to play is the opportunity to give some players a chance a team normally otherwise would not be willing to provide. Such is the case of the Colorado Avalanche tonight in giving yet another opportunity to backup goaltender Reto Berra, whose play this…...

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One of the things that makes hockey such an interesting sport is how the unpredictable elements, such as ice and the oddly-shaped puck, combine with the natural speed and flow of the sport. Most of the time the teams with the most talent win out because they’re able to overcome the random elements of the game and convert limited opportunities…...

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