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The Avs lost a hockey game tonight up in Minneapolis. It wasn’t all bad, as they managed to get a point in the 4-3 overtime loss. Securing three of four points on the road is always a good bit of business. Losing your best player to injury before the start of the third period, however, is definitively worse business. Nathan…...

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Each team came into the game with the same 5-3 record. Minnesota, happy to be here after an unexpectedly strong start. Colorado, just finding its stride after a disappointing 3-3 start but feeling better about themselves. With division-leading Vegas idle due to COVID-related postponements, the Avs and Wild were battling to overtake the Golden Knights and put their mark on…...

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Andre Burakovsky – B The first assist wasn’t too much and benefited on a great play by Saad, but the second assist was a thing of beauty to Compher, threading the needle across the royal road to hit him for an easy goal. We’re now sitting here with him well over a point per game to start his season. Bowen…...

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For the second straight game, it was a high-profile Av getting the proverbial monkey off his back to lead the Avs to victory. Two nights ago, it was Brandon Saad leading the Avs to victory as he enjoyed a two-goal effort. Tonight, his linemate Nazem Kadri enjoyed a three-point third period as relentless Avalanche pressure finally broke through on a…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – N/A Bellemare hit the crossbar early on a breakaway and then suffered what looked like it could be a serious injury later in the first period. There was no update after the game, so we’ll find out more this weekend. Andre Burakovsky – B+ Best shot metrics on the team this evening, as the Avs controlled 68%…...

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After what is likely their most impressive win of the year to date, Jared Bednar delivered some unfortunate news to the media. Matt Calvert, who was originally listed as day to day, is now being listed as “out indefinitely”. The 31-year-old winger was sitting fifth on the Avs in ice time among forwards, but now will be out for an…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B- He had the goal taken away from him that looked like it might have hit off his stick, but a good night for the fourth line otherwise. They controlled the majority of the play and shot attempts, although the real driver was Jost. Andre Burakovsky – B Nice to have him back after a game of…...

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“That’s what I want to do.” It was nothing short of a disastrous start for Brandon Saad in Colorado, scoring just one goal in his first six games and repeatedly being on the ice when the opposing team found the back of the net. Following a two-goal performance in Colorado’s 7-3 beatdown of the San Jose Sharks, Saad was upbeat…...

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Welcome to the Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on Twitter, Discord, or respond in the comments. https://twitter.com/FlyByCygnus2112/status/1353386122680782851?s=20 For starters, the salary cap implications played a role in the Avs running 7 defensemen in one of the games, as they…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C- Quite literally nothing happened with Bellemare on the ice tonight. He took the penalty late in the game, which quite frankly was hard to tell if he really did anything too egregious, but for a fourth-line center, I’ll take a quiet game. Bowen Byram – B Honestly, I thought there were some rough moments for Byram…...

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“He was definitely our best player on the ice.” When the guy who scores the game-winning goal in overtime has that definitive of a statement about your night, you know it’s been a good performance. There weren’t a lot of incredible, highlight-reel saves made by Philipp Grubauer as he stopped 36 of 38 shots from the Anaheim Ducks, but when…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C The penalty, I could really go either way on. There was a good amount of interference in the matchup, but he got caught for it because it was around the puck, making it more noticeable. Made a nice play on the PK to get the puck to Graves for a good chance. Bowen Byram – B-…...

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