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The mystery is over.

Head Coach Jared Bednar hinted at it yesterday, but the first guy to get a shot at playing on the top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog in Mikko Rantanen's absence? J.T. Compher.

The 24 year old Illinois native isn't looking to change his game too much, as he knows what makes him successful.

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The news could have been worse. Much worse.

Jared Bednar announced on Wednesday afternoon that Mikko Rantanen will be "week to week" with a lower body injury. While that's not the news any Avs fan wanted to hear, there did seem to be a sense of optimism around the Avs that it's not as bad as they originally may have feared.

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Erik Johnson – D The Avs only mustered up one even-strength shot on goal while EJ was on the ice. Obviously, he’s not all to blame, but like many of his teammates, nothing happened with him out there. Zero shot attempts from him on the evening, which is something he has consistently been bringing this season. Cale Makar – C-...

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Erik Johnson – A- A shot-blocking monster tonight, he got in front of two straight Stamkos bombs and looked to be in some pain but didn’t ever leave the game. He made some mistakes with the puck but ultimately played a very solid game overall, and had strong shot metrics. Cale Makar – C A much better showing. He looked...

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Four goals in 9:25. That was all it took for the Avs to set the tone on Monday afternoon in their matchup with the Washington Capitals. Erik Johnson, Nikita Zadorov, Nazem Kadri, and Mikko Rantanen scored within the first half of the first period, and from there, the Avs did just enough to hold on and come out of the...

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It wasn’t their prettiest game of the season, but the Avs got it done against a very good Boston Bruins team, winning 4-2 behind a tremendous performance from their goaltender Philipp Grubauer. The Avs are now off to a perfect 3-0 start and look to finish off the homestand on Saturday night with another win against the Arizona Coyotes. How...

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Playing a more veteran lineup, with many of their NHL regulars dressing up front, the Colorado Avalanche put up 47 shots in regulation but were unable to beat either Dallas goaltender more than once, losing by a score of 2-1. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Cale Makar – B: Crazy to think this is Makar’s first preseason game...

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The Colorado Avalanche locked it down in the final three minutes, picking up an important 2-1 home win over the Florida Panthers after an extended road trip. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Sven Andrighetto (C+) – He appears to be spending the majority of his time with Wilson and Compher, and had another solid if unspectacular game.  He...

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The Colorado Avalanche were in control from start to finish against the Dallas Stars and came out with a decisive 3-0 victory. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Tyson Barrie (C) – Barrie had a very “blah” game and he hasn’t looked fantastic since returning from injury.  His pairing was the only one where both players were negative in...

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The Colorado Avalanche came back from a 3-1 deficit to pick up a huge win in overtime over the Detroit Red Wings. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Sven Andrighetto (B) – That line had a really strong start to the night and kind of tailed off but the penalties may have had something to do with  it.  You’d...

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The Colorado Avalanche came out of the gate hot and never looked back, dominating the Washington Capitals on their way to a much-needed 6-2 victory. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Sven Andrighetto (B) – Quietly solid game from Andrighetto.  He was only out for one attempt toward the Avs’ net and he hit the post late in in...

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