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It was a short, perfect summer. The Colorado Avalanche hoisted the Stanley Cup and before they knew it, they were staring down the start of a new season. After a career year, the departure of Nazem Kadri promised an 87-point-sized loss that was sure to be felt. The loss of Kadri’s production and the search for a second-line centerman prompted...

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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,…

There’s always a fun vibe in the air when you’re at Ball Arena for a Colorado Avalanche game the night before a major holiday.  I can’t really describe it, but it’s kind of like the energy that everyone had for a “last day of school” assembly.  Add in the fact that the Avs were coming into their matchup with the...

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Colorado closed out the final leg of their three-game road trip against the Dallas Stars. Both teams entered tonight’s contest on a two-game win streak and hungry to take coveted division points. In the division, Colorado was just behind Dallas at the number two spot with 21 points. Though on a win streak, the Avs crawled into tonight’s game battling the same absences as before: Gabriel Landeskog, Val Nichushkin, Darren Helm, Sam Girard, Kurtis MacDermid, and Bo Byram all remain out of the lineup. Alexandar Georgiev’s outstanding play has soothed their troubles. He posted a shutout against the Washington Capitals in Saturday’s 4-0 win and earned the start again tonight. Dallas stacked up well on paper too. The top-heavy Stars…

After the Colorado Avalanche absolutely stole one from the Carolina Hurricanes last Thursday, we, mentioned on the podcast that all the Avs needed to do right now was go .500 on the road. Given all of the injuries to key players, the best and easiest way for the Avs to keep their head above water is to continue to stay competitive on the road. This team still plays with enough structure and has the high-end talent to probably still be the favorites at home in most scenarios, but if they can continue to accrue wins away from Ball Arena, it will really set them up nicely for when they get some of those injured players back.  Colorado’s current three-game road…

Welcome back to another edition of Avalanche Film Room! Last time we went into the video room and talked about the progression Jean-Luc Foudy has made in the AHL this season as he continues developing into a player who may someday help the Avalanche. Today, however, we’re going to dig into the final shift of last night’s 3-2 overtime victory by the Colorado Avalanche over the Carolina Hurricanes. It was a raucous night at the bar with the Lacroix Hockey fundraiser going on (be sure to check out the interviews with the various players on YouTube!) so I had some struggles focusing on the details of the game. After getting home and rewatching the game, however, I was struck by…

Goalies, eh? Every year going into the season, you know there are going to be a couple of games that you lose because the opposing goaltender just refuses to give in. On the flip side, you know you’re going to steal a couple of games because your goaltender is the one locked in. You can pretty easily argue the Avs were on both ends of that spectrum this week. Just three days after Jordan Binnington made 45 saves in a 3-2 Blues win, Pavel Francouz made 46 in Raleigh to beat the Carolina Hurricanes, well, also 3-2. This was Francouz’s second win of the season and, amusingly, the second time he beat the Hurricanes in the last week. There’s really…

Most seasons are now a month along and all Avs prospects have now played games in some capacity. As things continue to ramp up many players have their eyes set on either a callup or a contract in just a few months’ time. AHL: The majority of the Avs’ “NHL ready” prospects have already gotten a nod in some capacity or another due to the Avs continued pile of injured bodies. This has seen solid success at the pro level for some like Kaut but it has also opened up opportunities for prospects a bit further down the depth chart. Oskar Olausson – RW round 1, pick 28, 2021 Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM +/- 14 4 3 7…

1. Rough start for a couple of former Avs It has been a tough last couple of off-seasons for Avalanche fans who grow closely attached to some of the team’s players. Some real fan favorites have gone out the door over the last two summers. Obviously winning a Stanley Cup takes almost all of the sting out of losing those players, but still… the organization has lost some good ones.  While most of them are enjoying good success in their new homes, like Andre Burakovsky (Seattle), Nazem Kadri (Calgary), and perhaps the biggest success stormy of all is Nico Sturm (San Jose) who is off to his best start ever. It’s not all roses for former members of the burgundy…

Good evening folks! Been a minute since I’ve written one of these, and I wanted to spice it up a bit versus what I normally do for my game stories. So tonight, I want to focus on one part, or player, of this Colorado Avalanche team that I think is most under the microscope on a nightly basis.  Alex Newhook is in his second year, and the Avalanche have high expectations for him. The hope was that after a successful, yet sheltered rookie season, in addition to the experience he gained by going on a run to the Stanley Cup, that he would be able to take a significant step forward and fill the void left on the second line…

As injury news continues to build up, Colorado looked to pull off another challenging feat in a Saturday night matchup against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. The latest injury news is an expected six-week recovery for Shane Bowers. The 23-year-old forward sustained an upper-body injury in his NHL debut in Thursday’s contest. Colorado pulled out a solid 5-3 win over Nashville with a burst of offense from Mikko Rantanen and Logan O’Connor. Eagles captain, Jayson Megna, received the call-up and Gabriel Landeskog was placed on LTIR to accommodate the necessary roster move. As a result, Colorado’s lineup remained in flux particularly on that fourth line. https://twitter.com/DNVR_Avalanche/status/1591608508734373888 First Period Early into the first, a Nathan MacKinnon drive to the net drew a…

A struggling Nashville team off to a 5-7-1 start came into Colorado after losing 5-1 to Seattle on Tuesday. Their problems aren’t so different from Colorado’s in terms of depth-scoring and needing more contributors outside of their top-six forwards. Colorado is injury-depleted and, though no one has admitted it, likely jet lagged from the disruptive travel schedule. As division opponents, both teams were motivated to not walk out empty-handed. As mentioned, the injury list is growing. The Avs are without Darren Helm and Gabriel Landeskog. Val Nichushkin had surgery on his ankle and is expected to miss a month, Bo Byram is week-to-week with a lower-body injury, and Samuel Girard is day-to-day with a lower-body injury as well. Subsequently, Colorado…

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