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All the way back in Round 1, I was talking with a fellow media member and they mentioned how much they love dramatic Game 4s. It’s almost always a team looking to go up 3-1, playing a team desperately trying to even the series. That was exactly what we had tonight. The Colorado Avalanche had successfully defended home ice in…...

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You know, there was so much drama and so many story lines ahead Game 4 between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues, that you almost forgot that the two teams would eventually have to play the game instead of everyone just talking about it.  I probably don’t need to fill you in on the noise surrounding this game, it’s…...

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Well, folks, we made it. The regular season is officially behind us, and what a regular season it was for the Colorado Avalanche. Now, we are staring down the emotional rollercoaster that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  For the first time since the 2018-2019 season, the Colorado Avalanche completed an 82-game schedule, and boy oh boy did it feel like…...

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We are coming down the home stretch here, with less than two weeks to go until the playoffs start, and we are starting to get some clarity on what matchups will look like, at least in half of the league.  The Colorado Avalanche continue to take advantage of a great position in the standings and are gearing up for the…...

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With the Colorado Avalanche having the type of season that they have had, we talk a lot about looking for certain things in their games. We’re paying more attention to the process, rather than the results.  Fortunately, the results have been great. The process, while I wouldn’t say that it’s ever been “bad”, has had some ups and downs at…...

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The trade deadline is behind us, and NHL teams are now sprinting to the finish. Plenty to go over now that all the trade rumors are done, so let’s get into it. Dadonov saga  Ok ok, I promise this will be the last time I bring this up, but this has maybe been the most interesting storyline of the season…...

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Two nights ago in Denver, I wrote about the game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vancouver Canucks that Jared Bednar described as “safe.” That was a nicer way of how most people described about it. Many chose words more like boring, or snoozer. Well, tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers was the exact opposite.  Philadelphia was, for the second…...

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Whew. Ok. That one was a doozy. The MLK Day matinee saw the Colorado Avalanche win what turned out to be a throwback Avs-Wild rivalry game by outlasting the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in a shootout. The story of today should be that we saw a really fun, classic hockey game between two teams that have a history of really not…...

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At a past job, we would have two-day quarterly meetings that would serve as a reflection on how things are going, and what the game plan is going forward. One of the topics that would take up the majority of the first day was “what is the smell in your office?” That didn’t mean, are your employees clean and do…...

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https://twitter.com/ltcpain75/status/1435389502290288644?s=20 Absolutely. I anticipate the Kadri we see this season will be extremely motivated. For one, he’s a pending unrestricted free agent, so there’s a lot for him to gain if he has a really strong season. Having played on a pretty team-friendly deal for the last handful of years, you know he’d like to cash in on what is…...

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Welcome to the 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, Discord, or respond in the comments. https://twitter.com/FlyByCygnus2112/status/1353386122680782851?s=20 For starters, the salary cap implications played a role in the Avs running 7 defensemen in one of the games, as they…...

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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/jowressnig/status/1229515377513816064?s=20 I was not so sure that the injuries were going to change his direction all that much…until last night. The Mikko Rantanen injury…...

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The universe apparently decided the Avs had been healthy for long enough.

Nazem Kadri, who has anchored the Avs second line all season and is only bested in goals on the team by Nathan MacKinnon, will be out "indefinitely" with a lower body injury. He was tangled up after a face-off in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Minnesota and twisted his right leg. After attempting to take another shift in the third period, he left the game for good. 

Now, the team will be forced to move forward without him.

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B Bellemare had a good night in the face-off circle and was one of the few forwards who was well above positive in terms of possession. He was battling in front on Nichushkin’s goal. Andre Burakovsky – C+ I thought Burakovsky was far too soft on the opening Leafs goal of the game. He had 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.

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Erik Johnson – C I liked EJ jumping into the play in this one, as his pinches were better timed overall. His defensive game I thought was a little off the mark. One thing I don’t understand, and it could be the coaches choice here, but EJ taking a near three minute shift when the Canucks had their net empty.…...

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When you only play half the game, it's hard to come out on top. That was the message from coach Jared Bednar after the Avs lost their fourth out of the last five, falling to the Dallas Stars by a score of 2-1.

How did each player perform? Let's find out...

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A four goal outburst in the first 9:25 of the game was just the start the Avalanche needed in Washington, as that red hot start gave them a nice cushion as they held on to beat the Washington Capitals by a score of 6-3. Erik Johnson – A- EJ played a ton, almost 27 minutes overall, with varying degrees of…...

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Led by four goals from their Finnish-born players, the Colorado Avalanche started their season on the right foot by taking down the Calgary Flames at home by a score of 5-3. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Erik Johnson – C+:  The veteran of the Avs blueline led the team in time on ice with 23:14, a good…...

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Breaking their goose egg this preseason, the Colorado Avalanche were able to get on the board, coming out ahead of the Minnesota Wild by a score of 3-2 in a shootout. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Dan Renouf – B-: I’m not sure Renouf has much of a shot at making the team, but he’s making an impression…...

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