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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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This time of year is always defined by rampant scoreboard-watching. The Avalanche are keeping their eyes on the likes of Minnesota, Dallas, Arizona, and Chicago as their competition for the wild card spots in the postseason. Given the disappointing results of last night where Minnesota scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to steal two points from Winnipeg,…...

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#DaterJinx be damned, there is still plenty of hope for this Colorado Avalanche hockey club. The Avs go into tonight’s game with the Vegas Golden Knights three points out of the second and final Western Conference playoff spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild. They are also even in points with the Arizona Coyotes (57) and two points back of…...

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When you’ve lost seven games in a row, there aren’t really any positives you can take into the eighth game that don’t sound hollow or meaningful. The Avalanche went out and had the kind of first period they really needed to have. Sure, there were some mistakes but asking a team to play mistake-free is asking a team not to…...

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When Monday morning arrives, three weeks will be all that remains for NHL teams to make trades in the 2018-19 season. If a betting line existed two months ago that the Avalanche might be sellers for the deadline, it would probably have been something like +300. We’re now probably at even money, or a little more in favor, that the…...

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