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There’s always a fun vibe in the air when you’re at Ball Arena for a Colorado Avalanche game the night before a major holiday.  I can’t really describe it, but it’s kind of like the energy that everyone had for a “last day of school” assembly.  Add in the fact that the Avs were coming into their matchup with the…...

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When Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bedar spoke after morning skate earlier today, he mentioned that it was good for the Avs to have a stretch of games against teams that are still fighting for a playoff spot.  “It’s a fun time of year,” Bednar said. “Edmonton, right? They’re three, four into the playoffs, three or four points from being…...

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It had been over a week since I was last at an Avalanche game, since I didn’t make the multi-stop trip back East for the three-game road trip, and it was so nice to be back in the building. Coincidentally, the last time the Colorado Avalanche were at home, it was against these very same Calgary Flames in what was…...

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Welcome in to a new weekly piece that you’ll be able to find every Monday, only right here at DNVR. I’ll be taking a look back at the week that was, and giving you 10 things that stood out to me, good or bad. Generally, I’ll have it split up, 5 things that focus on the Colorado Avalanche, and 5…...

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I remember where I was when Patrick Roy quit on the Colorado Avalanche in August of 2016. I was getting in my car to drive to the Colorado Media School to record a podcast with my old pod partner, J.J. Jerez. We weren’t sure what to talk about in early August as we waited for training camp to open a…...

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A few seasons ago, when the Colorado Avalanche was first on the rise, there was a game played in Denver against the Washington Capitals. The Capitals were at the height of their competitiveness as Stanley Cup contenders, and many touted this game as a can’t miss matchup between an up and coming team, and a true contender. I remember watching…...

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Woo boy, ok. That game left me feeling like I need a cigarette, and I don’t smoke. But, as the old saying goes, any time you can start your organization’s fourth goalie and still win, you’ll take it. No? Is that not a saying? Well, it is now, because I said it. The Colorado Avalanche won 7-5 on a night…...

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“They just look unstoppable.” That’s what a member of the traveling Anaheim media said to me, in reference to the Colorado Avalanche, about halfway through the second period of what eventually became a 5-2 drubbing of the Anaheim Ducks. And he was right. The Avalanche looked like they were just a flat-out better hockey team than the early-season surprise Anaheim…...

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Over the past couple of days, the new city and new arena have been the stars of the show. Pretty much every media scrum started with a question about what coaches and players thought of playing somewhere they never had before. It’s been a really cool thing to experience. But once the sun went down, and the Colorado Avalanche arrived…...

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“Well they won the one game but you’ve got to win four.” Arizona head coach Rick Tocchet was pretty blunt (in hockey terms, anyway) during his postgame presser after his team got bodied in a 3-0 Game 1 loss to the Avalanche. He had previously ripped his team for what he deemed a “terrible” practice yesterday and it continued into…...

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If I wandered around the Denver metro area knocking on front doors and asking if people were familiar with Nathan MacKinnon, chances are I’d get a decent amount of “yes” responses but still enough “no” answers to make me feel inadequate at my job. If I surveyed the casual hockey landscape, however, I wouldn’t find anybody who isn’t familiar with…...

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One of the great advantages of this weird playoff restart following a four-month shutdown is the expanded rosters teams are taking to their bubble cities. While Conor Timmins certainly would have benefitted plenty from whatever playoff run a very good Colorado Eagles team was set to make, him tagging along with the Avs in their quest for the Stanley Cup…...

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Ever since the Avalanche returned to the ice last week, we’ve talked about the need for intensity to ramp up and reach a level fit for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Apparently Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar agreed. Just before beginning a structured five-on-five drill, Bednar stopped the practice the unleash a verbal tirade directed at his team. He loved the…...

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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. https://twitter.com/tigervixxxen/status/1206344921210220545?s=20 I got a lot of questions around this situation, so I need to touch on it. When it comes to goaltenders, I don’t…...

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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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“If we want to win games, we’ve got to start strong. Right now we’re not doing that.” That was the first thing Cale Makar said to me following Colorado’s 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. It wasn’t that the Avs didn’t show up this time, like in their other two regulation losses against Anaheim and St. Louis where they never…...

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