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Anton Blidh – C- Got moved up to the Newhook line in the third period, but not quite sure why. A relatively quiet game with not a lot of physicality, one of the reasons he’s here. Andrew Cogliano – B I guess LOC’s shot into the empty net hit something on Cogliano, because it’s his goal now. Had a good…

Timing is everything in life, right? When Colorado’s game against Nashville yesterday was postponed due to the flooding of Bridgestone Arena, it opened the door for a scheduled victory for the Avalanche. For those unfamiliar, scheduled wins/losses are all about one team being rested playing a team on the second night of a back-to-back and travel being involved. While the Avs technically traveled because they flew to Nashville and back, Colorado’s game was scheduled so early in the day that the cancellation came about early enough for the Avs to get back in plenty of time. Dallas, meanwhile, went into overtime late last night against the Winnipeg Jets before getting on a plane to Denver. By the time they landed,…

Andrew Cogliano – C You know the team is beat up and in rough shape when Cogliano is taking a shift with the team four on four. That would never even come close to happening with a full roster. Just doing his best to play above his ceiling until guys get back. J.T. Compher – B+ Great play on the second Mikko goal to tap the puck over to him on a battle in front. He had a pretty solid night overall, but the clean face-off loss on the Canucks second goal stings a bit. Speaking of stinging, his leg is going to be sore after that massive block on the penalty kill late in the second period. Pavel Francouz…

Anton Blidh – B+ Not much more you can ask from a fourth liner than to not be on the ice for a single shot attempt against. Had a breakaway in the third period but…he’s not a goal scorer, let’s just say that. Not sure he was the real driver, but +11/-0 in less than five minutes is impressive. Andrew Cogliano – B An incredibly low event game from him at both ends of the ice, but had a great setup to Compher in the slot in the first period that was stopped. J.T. Compher – B That entire line was so low event that it’s kind of crazy, considering they played a fair amount. Had that good look in…

Shane Bowers – INC Just awful luck. Waits to play his first NHL game, almost scores on his first shift, and unfortunately, a freak injury ends his night and likely longer. Just feel bad for him more than anything. Andrew Cogliano – C Cogliano keeps chugging along. He doesn’t do much of anything with the chances he gets, but that’s not what he’s here for. Yet again, he left the ice in pain but managed to stick around.  J.T. Compher – B- Doubled his point total for the year in one period with a few assists, including a nice little pick move on the O’Connor breakaway goal. He, yet again, did not register a shot attempt. Alexander Georgiev – C+…

Amazing what a little European vacation and a couple of games against one of the NHL’s worst teams can do for some confidence, eh? Following yesterday’s 6-3 victory, the Colorado Avalanche came back out in Game 2 of the NHL’s Global Series in Finland with a significantly more dominant effort in a 5-1 victory that somehow wasn’t even as close as the score suggests (which is still not close). Just a week ago, the Avs were sitting at the bottom of the NHL in 5v5 scoring. Their offense had been stuck in the mud, they were getting zero contributions from forwards beyond their top line, and the defense wasn’t living up to its promise of being a two-way monster. Fast…

Bowen Byram – C He’s been making some risky plays on the breakout that are starting to lead to some turnovers. The Avs encourage him to make plays, which is the right way to develop defensemen, but he just hasn’t executed them all. Luckily, he bailed himself out a bit in the first when he tied up the defender’s stick at the last second after his mistake. Georgiev’s diving stick save also saved him a good bit. Andrew Cogliano – C+ Looked like they might have lost him in the first when he took a blindside hit and missed the rest of the period. Did come back and played pretty well, but seemed to miss a wide-open net shorthanded in…

Bowen Byram – D Put with Girard on a pair and neither of them looked good. A few times Byram would try to skate through forecheckers and it just wasn’t happening. Stuck out there for extended periods of time, especially in the third. Andrew Cogliano – C- This line was completely fine, and they had some chances. Cogliano had a good look early in the game but put a really soft shot on net, and obviously, he had the chance to tie it up late but couldn’t lift the puck over Varlamov’s pad. J.T. Compher – B- Again, had one of his better games this season, and made some surprisingly nice passes, hitting Toews in the offensive zone at one…

Bowen Byram – C He had the unfortunate reality of Sam Girard launching the puck at him that led to the chaos and him taking the penalty that the Devils scored on. Kind of bad luck. Had some nice moves in the third to enter the zone but also had some misplays of the puck at the offensive blue line. Andrew Cogliano – D Set up Compher in the slot for one of the best chances of the night for the Avs, but it didn’t go in. Was on the ice for the lone Devils goal. J.T. Compher – B- One of the few forwards who I thought had some jump. Had some good looks, including a shot in the…

Every year as we wind our way through another season of Avalanche hockey, writing these postgame stories generally get broken into a couple of basic archetypes. You have blowouts (both good and bad), great games, comebacks (both good and bad), games everyone will forget later, and then the worst kind of game: the one where nobody knows what to say about it. Tonight was that last archetype. In Colorado’s 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils, so little happened throughout the game that I’m not even sure what to say. Here are a few of the thoughts I have after that game, which was decided on a Jack Hughes power-play goal at 2:59 of the third period. It’s probably a…

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