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Whew. That game was… well it was something.  Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals kicked off Tuesday night in Denver and it was one to remember. The Colorado Avalanche held on to claim a 8-6 win over the Edmonton Oilers in a fast-paced, wide-open thriller of a hockey game.  There’s so much to get into in this one that…...

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They say that the fourth and final win you need to close out a Stanley Cup Playoff series is the hardest one to get, and the Colorado Avalanche got a good reminder of that as they were looking to put the Nashville Predators in the rearview mirror and move on to Round 2. It was a tentative crowd inside Bridgestone…...

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The thing we love about playoff hockey is the drama, and Game 3 between the Colorado Avalanche and the Nashville Predators had no shortage of it.  Now, we’re going to get into the details of the game, but we have to start with what ended up being the biggest story of the night, and that’s Darcy Kuemper.  With just about…...

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This game had such an interesting feel to it starting at morning skate.  On one hand, you had the Colorado Avalanche, who were rested, and sitting comfortably atop the Central Division. Their main focus the rest of the way is fine tuning the details of their game as the postseason approaches.  On the other, the Los Angeles Kings. Playing for…...

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What a game we were treated to in Denver on Saturday afternoon.  The matinee matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins was one of those games that you could tell just a few minutes in that, regardless of the outcome and who you were cheering for, it was just going to be a fantastic hockey game to watch.  It…...

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Whew, what a day. After months of speculation and armchair-GMing, the NHL’s trade deadline came and went at 1 pm MT Monday afternoon, and it was one of the more active deadline days in recent memory. The Colorado Avalanche added two more players before the league-mandated cut-off, Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Cogliano, and managed to not send out any more…...

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Plenty of interesting games this weekend, and we’ve found some good value once again. Last week got off to a shaky start, but ended with a couple wins to finish at a cool .500 on straight bets (doesn’t include parlays or props). I’ll have four straight up wagers for you every week, accompanied by one not completely ridiculous parlay, and…...

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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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Wow. Just…wow. Truth be told, I hated the first 40 minutes of this game. It had nothing to do with the score, it was just ugly hockey. The last 20+ minutes, however, were among the most electric we’ve seen this season. That is at least if you’re a member of the Colorado Avalanche and its fan base. For the Toronto…...

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So, I’m going to give a bit of a disclaimer here, I’m giving these games under the caveat of.. everyone was pretty rusty following a 16-day break. Nobody was perfect, the players know that, and I understand the flow of how these types of games go, so there’s no sense in beating up on guys who were very obviously trying…...

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Man oh man it feels so good to be back doing this. I hate these pauses. I hate them so much. Forget the reason why, whether it’s for COVID, Olympics, the All-Star Game, hell, even the offseason. I hate them all. Hockey has been my life for literally as long as I can remember, and being someone who grew up…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – C I think we’ve already gotten the hint that the offense from last season just isn’t going to happen again, but he’s still doing things alright defensively, and with Compher’s line being non-existent at even strength through three games, he’s basically playing as the 3C. Matt Calvert – B+ It’s nice to see someone from the bottom…...

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – A- The Avs were up so much in the third that Belly was running the powerplay. That should tell you about all you need to know about this. Great game for him defensively and on the PK. Andre Burakovsky – A I mean, at this point, he should be shooting the puck, like, all the time. Goalies…...

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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/CatriNazem/status/1321191746097737729?s=20 I have a hard time saying Byram would get worse if he had to head back to the WHL, but I really…...

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After over four months away from the game due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you had to know the players were eager to get into a game situation after a few days of practice. On Thursday, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar and his staff gave all the players that opportunity, separating the 30 players between two teams and letting them go…...

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The Captain is back. Well…maybe. “I still haven’t had a two-goal game all year,” Landeskog deadpanned to me after morning skate on Wednesday. While that may be true, the post-All-Star break Landeskog has started to look more and more like the captain Avs fans have come to know and love since he entered the NHL in 2011. Before the All-Star…...

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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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In an Avalanche season highlighted by rookie sensation Cale Makar’s fearless dominance and success from all of Joe Sakic’s offseason additions, it’s easy to lose track of Nathan MacKinnon. Take last week’s 7-3 blowout of the conference-leading St. Louis Blues for example. Sam Girard clearly raised his game in an uncharacteristic four-point explosion. The newly-signed defenseman stole the night’s storyline not because he…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – A Tying your career-high in goals and points halfway through the season isn’t a bad start to your Avs career. The goal was a little bit of a gift, but you take them any way you can get them. Important face-off win from him on the Cole goal. Andre Burakovsky – B He had a lot…...

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