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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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We’ve talked about goalies a lot in the last week here in this space as top prospect Justus Annunen signed his ELC and kicked off conversation revolving around the position. Yesterday, a report out of Pittsburgh indicated the Avalanche had shown serious interest in Matt Murray at the trade deadline and would potentially revisit the conversation in the offseason. We…...

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Today’s Avalanche Roundtable topic is one that probably would’ve been answered pretty easily had the season continued as normal. If they manage to squeeze out an end to the regular season and head into the playoffs, this will be the most pressing question facing the franchise. Today’s topic: Assuming play resumes either at the end of the regular season or…...

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There was a game tonight, yes. The Avalanche had a chance to tie the St. Louis Blues for first in the Central Division for the second time this road trip but once again came up short. This loss was completely unlike the one against Vancouver over the weekend as that was a high-scoring affair with lots of scoring chances. This…...

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Avs games in Vancouver the last couple years have been nothing short of wild rides. Tyson Barrie had a five-point night, Nathan MacKinnon injured his shoulder in a playoff chase, Philipp Grubauer struggled badly in a 7-6 barnburner that was also the first-ever DNVR (then BSN) Avalanche Watch Party, and the one game there this year saw Vancouver come back…...

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If there was ever a game to wave away a loss, this was it. This was tailor-made for the Avalanche’s five-game winning streak to come to a halt. Let’s look at a list of things going against them coming into this one. Played grueling game last night in Carolina Nashville hung out at home last night and probably watched the…...

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Sometimes you Storm Surge, sometimes the storm surges you. In a battle of nature versus different nature, it was other nature that ended up prevailing tonight as the Avalanche topped the Hurricanes, 3-2. The real difference-maker, however, was La Tornade as a perfect finish from Sam Girard at 17:23 of the third period broke a tie and provided a little…...

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