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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C- It was interesting watching Bellemare talk to the linesmen tonight. He had a good night in the face-off circle but seemed to be constantly frustrated with the linesmen, talking to them at the end of the second and before the third period even started. I wonder if there’s a level of frustration with Bellemare, who had…...

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Remember the game two days ago? The 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes despite outplaying them in every facet imaginable? Tonight’s dominant Avalanche effort was essentially a copy and paste repeat, even down to all of Arizona’s goals being deflected off Avalanche players. But when you produce games that look like this: …and that game causes an opposing coach to…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C- The fourth line created some good chances today, and Bellemare himself had yet another good chance in the slot that you can guess just did not go in. Bellemare also played a role in the first goal, as that lane in the center of the ice was just too big and the pass got through. Andre…...

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Every year, there are games where a team generally just outplays their opposition but either opportunistic play or plain old good luck erases hard work and more effective all-around play. I only bring this up for the obvious: the Avalanche deserved a better fate tonight. There have been plenty of struggles in their recent games and certainly some real questions…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – D Made a great play on the penalty kill in overtime, and some big blocks there, but he is just a black hole offensively right now, with another great chance in the slot that he missed by about five feet. Andre Burakovsky – F Great play on the Saad goal, on a play that should have been…...

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There are some game stories I’m just not sure what to say. Every win and loss is a team effort. They don’t just fall out of the sky, you know? Sometimes, though, it’s hard not to go into this wanting to single a player out because one truly abysmal performance stood out among the rest. We’ve seen a bunch of…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C Quite literally nothing happened with him on the ice, as there were only seven total shot attempts between the two teams in his nearly 10 minutes of ice. Andre Burakovsky – D A step back from Burakovsky after some great performances. The powerplay in the third period really stood out in a negative way, with some…...

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When the Avalanche originally signed Val Nichushkin after Dallas officially gave up on him and bought him out, I went back and watched the video of his draft day to see what impressions were back when he was still considered a high-end prospect. https://youtu.be/yLSZBJZ8jOo?t=710 Just listen to this conversation. It’s almost spooky how on the nose it ended up being.…...

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Allie Monroy is joined by Henry Chisholm, Nathan Rudolph, AJ Haefele, Makayla Perkins and Brendan Vogt and today they are answering questions from members in the DNVR Lounge discord channel! Questions include things like if each Denver sports teams represents a district of the hunger games, which two athletes from each team would have the best chance of winning as…

Following a brief morning skate at Ball Arena, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar announced that star forward Nathan MacKinnon was ready to go tonight against the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Having MacKinnon in the lineup is a stroke of good fortune for the club after he was the recipient of a headshot by San Jose rookie Joachim Blichfeld halfway through the…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C+ Getting shot attempts, but definitely doesn’t look to be putting much fear in goalies as none of them are hitting the net. Had a great chance in the second period in the slot but missed the net completely. Did like the fourth line overall. Andre Burakovsky – B+ Burky looks back, even though he was held…...

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I wrote two days ago that we were going to learn a lot about the Colorado Avalanche tonight. That the loss two days ago was so bad, so inexcusably lazy and self-inflicted, that the Avalanche would show their true colors in how they responded tonight. The team clearly agreed something had to be discussed as they held a meeting to…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – D I really liked this line to start the game, and at the start of the second period, as they were causing some problems for the Sharks defense and even drew a penalty, but Bellemare just straight up lost his man on the first Sharks goal, as he got caught puck watching. He had a great chance…...

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After their 19th game and still sitting in a playoff spot, it would seem an odd time to push the panic button for the Colorado Avalanche. Just four points behind first-place Vegas, the Avs have started well enough to feel like they’ve weathered the early-season storms that have come their way, from another rash of injuries to a COVID shutdown…...

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