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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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On June 26th, 2022, the job was done. It was speculated but not yet known that Darcy Kuemper had simultaneously played his final game in an Avalanche uniform. He spent just one season in Denver, but it was enough to become a Stanley Cup Champion. From the risk he carried coming from Arizona on the heels of a 0.907 SV%…...

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Alright, before we get started on the game itself, I’ve gotta give some love to the folks here at Rogers Place. This building is amazing. State of the art top to bottom, and absolutely beautiful in every sense of the word. Literally everything you’d want in a hockey rink, I couldn’t be more impressed. Really the whole city of Edmonton,…...

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It was a big news day for the Colorado Avalanche as they got back on the ice after a disappointing three-game road trip that saw them go 1-2. The most surprising news of the day was Gabe Landeskog’s decision to have knee surgery and will be out indefinitely, though that just means there is currently no clear timeline for a…...

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I always dread covering games against the Dallas Stars. They and the Colorado Avalanche have had a sneaky little rivalry that goes back to the late 90s/early 2000s when the Stars beat the Avalanche in back-to-back Western Conference Final Game 7s. I don’t dread the games because I have flashbacks to those conference finals matchups though, I dread them because…...

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This morning, Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said that he thought the team’s play has dipped a bit lately due to fatigue, which makes sense given the Avalanche are in the middle of an extremely condensed schedule ahead of next week’s All-Star break. In an attempt to remedy the issue, Bednar and his staff gave the team a day…...

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Jack Johnson – C+ Jack Johnson was exactly what you’ve come to expect from him tonight. Thought he made a couple good plays, and I liked him a little better away from EJ on the penalty kill. We talked about it the other day on the DNVR Avalanche Podcast, but playing like he did tonight, JJ would be the absolute…...

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For Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz, a return to the ice has been turbulent. During a preseason game earlier this year against the Vegas Golden Knights, Francouz left the game in the second period with an ankle injury that has kept him sidelined until now. “I made it back during the summer,” Francouz said. “I was skating.  I was getting…...

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“The puck stops here.” That’s the quote, right? No? Well for our purposes here today we’re going to pretend it is as we look at our final position preview before the Avalanche play their first round-robin game this afternoon against the St. Louis Blues. We’re looking at the goaltenders, of which the Avs have two who had solid (or better)…...

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One of the many things that make hockey great is the opportunity to show what you’re made of. Teams regularly play 12 forwards and six defensemen every night, meaning players are competing for roles among a handful of specific jobs. But not goaltenders. At any given time, there’s just one man standing in net as the last line of defense…...

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