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The Avalanche made it through two whole games before the injury woes of last year began to descend upon them again. With what sounds like very minor injuries for the moment to Pavel Francouz and Andre Burakovsky, the lineup tonight against the Los Angeles Kings is getting some tweaks. With Burakovsky out, the team is running 11 forwards and seven…...

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Both Bowen Byram and Erik Johnson practiced with the team for the first time this season, kicking off speculation of when either might get into the lineup. As the Avs head to California for a four-game road trip, the lineup on defense is a major focus as Johnson is a proven regular and Byram is arguably the best defenseman in…...

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In an offseason that seems set to never end given the league’s owners current position of trying to take even more money from the players, we’re digging deeper into the bag of tricks that we in the biz call “content.” Today, we’re taking a look at one of the most-requested topics from readers: the expansion draft, how it works, and…...

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With the trade deadline fast approaching, it’s become clear the Colorado Avalanche are among the top contenders to emerge from the west this year and compete for the Stanley Cup. No team is ever built perfectly and the trade deadline is not only the last chance for teams to improve its roster, but it also seems to serve as a…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – D Bellemare got beaten for a few pucks along the boards on the game-tying goal, as it came to him a few times and he just got it taken off his stick. In late-game situations, you just cannot have that. Andre Burakovsky – D Quiet game from Burakovsky. He had one rush up the ice in…...

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October 21.

That was the last time the Avs were able to roll out their full collection of forwards in a lineup. That was nearly two months ago.

On Wednesday night, it looks like they'll finally get that opportunity again.

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Welcome to the weekly 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 or respond in the comments.

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This episode of Film Rundown looks at the defensive pairing of Sam Girard and Erik Johnson and why it should be broken up. ...

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DALLAS – A crash was always coming. But after a 7-0-1 start, the Avalanche will wake up on November 6 and find themselves at 8-5-2 following their fifth straight loss, a 4-1 decision at the Dallas Stars. “A stretch like this sucks either way,” Erik Johnson said. “I don’t care what our record was to start the year. It’s no…...

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Drenched in sweat, Samuel Girard looked exhausted after the Avs 3-2 overtime victory against the Arizona Coyotes. Having just played a team-high 23:52 in the win, would you blame him for being tired? Watching him on the ice, it sure doesn’t look like he wears down at all. “I think they have a lot of confidence in me and for…...

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It was an early morning at the rink today as the Avalanche kicked off their training camp with an invigorating 30 minutes of goaltender drills. The large crowd on hand was treated to extremely technical work with goalies Philipp Grubauer and Hunter Miska before any other skaters took the ice. Once the sessions were actually off and running, however, the…...

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For a team sporting the least amount of five-on-five time in 2018-19, you could say special teams are important for the Colorado Avalanche. In fact, Colorado’s performance with the man advantage and disadvantage is critical to their success next season. Last year, the Avs’ power play ranked seventh-best in the NHL while their penalty kill finished seventh-worst. Offseason moves transformed…...

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In a lot of ways, Erik Johnson has been Avalanche hockey. Maddeningly inconsistent at times, tantalizingly talented, and perpetually on the verge of putting it all together and ascending to new heights but never quite actually getting there and wondering if that day will ever come. Yes, it’s easy to look at Johnson’s time as a leader and member of…...

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I’ve been blessed to have a unique look at the Colorado Avalanche the last three years. It seemed like a curse at first because I was the only media member to cover the 48-point Avalanche season from training camp through 82 regular season games. I remember those postgame locker rooms, especially in the second half of the season. This was…...

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