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Earlier this week the Colorado Avalanche played back-to-back games in southern California to cap off a two-game road trip, and the word that was most often used to describe the way they played in those two games was “tired”. Those were the team’s sixth and seventh games within 11 days, including three sets of back-to-backs, so it was easy to...

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Ok, everybody, you can exhale. After the Colorado Avalanche got absolutely pumped by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game of a five-game road trip last night, they responded by playing a really solid road game to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at the Bell Centre. This wasn’t the best game they’ve played, this wasn’t a perfect response, they...

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I’ll be honest. I don’t even really know where to start on this one. Every game is its own miniature story and tonight the story is really just one about a team that keeps winning. Just when it appeared they were getting close to 100%, Nazem Kadri was listed as out. We don’t really know what the injury is there...

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WHERE/WHEN February 17, 2016 Game 60 Pepsi Center Denver, CO RUNDOWN The Colorado Avalanche have played bad hockey at best over the last several weeks as their playoff hopes have stayed alive largely due to the futility of the teams around them. Tonight’s visitor, the Montreal Canadiens, are a team that certainly understands the concept of being a sinking ship...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) As teams settled into the salary cap era, the league slowly transitioned into what it is today. Gone are the times where a single strategy would almost guarantee a win.  Yes, drafting is still very important (not to mention the basis for all of the Chicago and LA Cup wins), but trade or trade/UFA teams...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) After the lockout, everything changed. Some shifts happened almost instantly, while others slowly phased in as teams adjusted to the new rules.  Gone were the days of free spending and buying contenders; front office strategy now needed to involve far more than simply planning massive trades.  Certain organizations adapted quickly (or at least stumbled on...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) As we saw yesterday, teams during the dynasty era primarily built their clubs through the draft and other young players.  Each of the three main organizations went about this task in a slightly different way – Montreal through acquiring picks in trades, the Islanders by using their own, and Edmonton through a series of claims and good...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) Have you ever wondered how the great dynasties of the 1970s and 80s were created?  There’s no doubt they had great players, with nine future Hall of Famers on Montreal’s rosters (ten if you count Roy in ’86), five from the Islanders, and another six from the Oilers.  Even the Calgary Flames, the only...

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