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Right after Nathan MacKinnon scored the empty-net goal that would ice the Colorado Avalanche’s first-round sweep of the Nashville Predators, I sat inside Bridgestone Arena and forced myself to stop for just a second and appreciate what I was witnessing.  It wasn’t about the sweep, and it honestly wasn’t even about the result of the series. It was about how…...

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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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The regular season has mercifully come to an end and while the picks in this column limped to finish line, much like the Avs, I’d like to believe it was for the same reason – We are both just ready for the playoffs to begin. Did we win as much as we wanted? No. Were our straight wagers hot garbage…...

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It’s like the first day of school. Actually no… it’s like Christmas morning. You’ve talked about it, looked forward to it, imagined what it would be like, ad now it’s here. The NHL Playoffs. We’ve talked so much about the lead up to the end of the regular season, and how teams were mailing it in just trying to get…...

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Well, folks, we made it. The regular season is officially behind us, and what a regular season it was for the Colorado Avalanche. Now, we are staring down the emotional rollercoaster that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  For the first time since the 2018-2019 season, the Colorado Avalanche completed an 82-game schedule, and boy oh boy did it feel like…...

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Less than a week to go in the NHL season, and that just means the storylines around the league are getting more and more interesting. A wild game on Sunday night, another great player calls it a career, and the Avs stumble down the stretch causing some to be concerned. Ryan Getzlaf hangs ‘em up Ryan Getzlaf officially called it…...

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It’ll be the tale of two themes this week. I want to take a look at the various playoff races unfolding around the league, things have gotten very interesting in the past seven days. Obviously though not every team is in a playoff race this time of year, so for those teams we’ll be looking at what they need to…...

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Every team in the league is officially at the 10 games or less mark, and we are going to take a look at what exactly every team has left to play for the rest of the way. You’re going to notice a bit of a theme in this piece. Teams at the top are going to be primarily focusing on…...

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We are into the home stretch, with some teams having only 10 games left to play in the regular season. I got to thinking, as I looked at the standings last night… how did we get here? Meaning, after such a long season, what is the biggest reason teams are sitting where they’re sitting now with the season almost over?…...

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The addition of the 17th game already is making a profound impact on the AFC wild-card race.

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For the first time since 2016, the Denver Broncos have a winning record in December and are playing meaningful football games in the final month of the season.

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George Paton

“There’s a gleam,” Marty Schottenheimer told his Browns in 1986. Is there a gleam for the Broncos? Possibly -- because factors beyond Colorado have gathered to keep them in the race:

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Unparalleled range on defense, rim protection and 3-point shooting. Bol Bol and the Nuggets have a lot to smile about.

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