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While the Colorado Avalanche homestand has had more dips than highs, there are still lots of interesting tidbits happening on the ice as the youth movement continues its rollicking ride into December. Their early success may have raised expectations, but remember this season is not a merry-go-round year, where everything is smooth and predictable. Young players are still developing and…...

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He became the youngest captain in NHL history, way back in 2012, at the age of 19 years, 286 days – 11 days younger than the previous title holder, Sidney Crosby. He succeeded Milan Hejduk, and said at the time, “I was a little bit shocked at first. I didn’t expect this at all, especially this early in my career.”…...

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There is a lot to be thankful for in the past week of Avalanche play and it's all covered in this week's Good, Bad and Ugly - Thanksgiving style.

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I used to have to write these “thoughts on the Avs at the quarter-pole, the halfway mark, the three-quarters pole and final season wrap-up” stories all the time in my former life as a mainstream media person. And, they were almost always manufactured bullcrap, necessitated by the tyranny of some artificial deadline, with only so much space allowed. I have…...

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Joel Quenneville, when he coached the Colorado Avalanche, always used to say, “If you don’t score on your 5-on-3, you don’t win the hockey game.” For about the first 54 minutes of Sunday’s Avs game in Detroit at (this will never seem right in saying) Little Caesar’s Arena, Coach Q’s old bromide looked as big a lock as anything said…...

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The Colorado Avalanche flew off for a Swedish adventure after the big Duchene trade and while they didn’t earn as many points as they wanted, there was plenty of good to go with the bad in the past week. THE GOOD 1. The Colorado Avalanche showed they could still play a competitive game without Matt Duchene. Is this important? Definitely.…...

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The Colorado Avalanche continue to power through their wild roller coaster start to the season. Not only did they win two of three games this past week, the Avalanche finally wrangled a trade for forward Matt Duchene. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly breaks down the highlights – and lowlights – from the rollicking past week. THE GOOD 1.…...

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Running on about three hours sleep here, so not gonna get too fancy on the keyboard. For some stupid reason, I decided to rent a car to get around New York (and Philly) over the weekend, including the very stupid decision to drive into New York City yesterday while the New York City Marathon was still going on. I swear,…...

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – If ever there was a story that seemed destined to finish “And they lived happily ever after”, it was the union of Matt Duchene and the Colorado Avalanche. As a boy growing up in remote Halliburton, Ontario, Duchene papered the walls of his room with posters of Avalanche heroes such as Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg.…...

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Just wrapped up here at Family Sports Center, with the Avalanche newly practiced and about to head to the airport for the short flight to LAS VEGAS! Roulette wheels, all-night poker and blackjack, Britney Spears shows and…no, not quite. This is a BUSINESS trip, folks. The Avs said all the right things before leaving for Vegas, where they will play…...

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Erik Johnson’s career average for ice time per game, entering this season, was a little more than 21 minutes a night. After Tuesday night’s game, he was averaging more than 26 minutes a night. That isn’t often the case for guys as they get older, and people might forget Johnson has been in the league 11 years now. Johnson, 29,…...

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Looks like these are the lines for the Avs tonight against the Stars, at Pepsi Center: Andrighetto-MacKinnon-Rantanen Landeskog-Duchene-Yakupov Greer-Kerfoot-Bourque Nieto-Soderberg-Comeau Johnson-Zadorov Lindholm-Barrie Barberio-Bigras Varlamov NOTEBOOK Colin Wilson will not play tonight with an undisclosed injury. He’s considered day-to-day. Patrik Nemeth is out too, with Tyson Jost and J.T. Compher out longer term. Kerfoot and Greer skated on…...

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In a bizarre week for the Colorado Avalanche, the roller coaster ride continued with crazy momentum swings, weird breakdowns, brilliant moments, off-again-on-again injuries, peculiar officiating, and an odd four-day break. For only a two-game week, there’s plenty to cover in Avalanche hockey so let’s get the wild mouse ride started. THE GOOD 1. Stick taps to rookie Alex Kerfoot who…...

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In this week’s Avalanche weekly breakdown, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss what the Avs need to do to stop their three-game losing streak, starting with Tuesday’s game with Dallas. Who needs to step up offensively to fill the void with the injuries to Tyson Jost and J.T. Compher? Also, why is it important that Erik Johnson not play as…...

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(Due to technical issues at the site, Tuesday’s article couldn’t be posted until today and does not reflect any information from the Nashville game. Likewise, all statistical information is based on numbers as of Tuesday morning.) The rollicking roller coaster ride with the Colorado Avalanche continued into the second full week of NHL hockey, chock full of thrills, chills and…...

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A string of poor decisions in the second period hurt the Colorado Avalanche on their way to a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Sven Andrighetto (C) – He had the best possession numbers on the team but had a relatively quiet night overall, including the fumbling of the puck a few times…...

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You spend more time in the other team’s zone, you tend to do better in a hockey game. Film at 11, thank you Sherlock, good analysis Einstein. That the Colorado Avalanche is 4-1 after five games has a lot to do with the fact that, just like Friday night’s win over Anaheim, the Avs are spending a lot less time…...

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The Colorado Avalanche launched into the new season with all the energy of a wild roller coaster, full of chills, thrills, combined with moments of sheer panic offset by sheer joy. In a word, the first week of Avalanche hockey has been – fun. It’s been awhile since Avalanche fans got to watch fun hockey, but it looks promising. Of…...

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NEWARK, N.J. – It’s such a simple concept; when a puck comes on your stick and you’re a man short as a team, get it out of your zone. Whack it, hack it, slap it, thwap it – do whatever it damn well takes to get it out of your zone. So why, after two games, do members of the…...

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NEW YORK – That’s why people haven’t given up on Nail Yakupov just yet. That’s why Matt Duchene wasn’t just given away on the trading block. And, THAT’S WHY the Avalanche protected Semyon Varlamov in the NHL Expansion draft, not Calvin Pickard, folks. On a day when the Vegas Golden Knights put Pickard on waivers, Varlamov made Colorado Avalanche general…...

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