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Whew. Ok. That one was a doozy. The MLK Day matinee saw the Colorado Avalanche win what turned out to be a throwback Avs-Wild rivalry game by outlasting the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in a shootout. The story of today should be that we saw a really fun, classic hockey game between two teams that have a history of really not…...

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Injuries or not, the Avalanche know they let an opportunity slip away last season when they were knocked out in game seven of the second round by Dallas. Through the opening days of camp, the message from the players has been clear: anything less than a Stanley Cup championship isn’t good enough. “I don’t think we need to hide it,…...

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After over four months away from the game due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you had to know the players were eager to get into a game situation after a few days of practice. On Thursday, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar and his staff gave all the players that opportunity, separating the 30 players between two teams and letting them go…...

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Welcome to the weekly Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on twitter or respond in the comments. https://twitter.com/jowressnig/status/1229515377513816064?s=20 I was not so sure that the injuries were going to change his direction all that much…until last night. The Mikko Rantanen injury…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – A Tying your career-high in goals and points halfway through the season isn’t a bad start to your Avs career. The goal was a little bit of a gift, but you take them any way you can get them. Important face-off win from him on the Cole goal. Andre Burakovsky – B He had a lot…...

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Mark Barberio – D Not a good start for Barberio, as he and Lindholm spent a lot of time pinned in their own end in the first period. He tried to reverse the puck on the only Blackhawks goal, but just put too much on it and it ended up costing the Avs. I did think he settled down after…...

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Mark Barberio – C- Barbs did not start the game well, with a penalty on his first shift as his man got behind him. He did manage to draw a penalty in the second period, so it even out a bit there. His shot metrics overall were fine but I don’t remember any real standout plays from him. He was…...

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Mark Barberio – B I think you have to give credit to Barbs. It’s not easy to come out of the press box like he does. A lot of players are not built for that mentally. He’s come in and been steady when the team has needed too. Picked up an assist on the Nichushkin goal and nearly had his…...

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Mark Barberio – C Barbs was an adventure sometimes in his own end tonight, and seemed to sit out a few shifts towards the end of the second period, as I saw him at the end of the bench with his head down. He did finish a +2 on the night, so some luck was on his side. Pierre Edouard…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B+ Bellemare and his line looked really good now that he’s got his long lost brother Matt Calvert back. They pinned the Leafs down low several times and got the Avs momentum whenever they really needed it. The scoring has normalized for Bellemare, but the solid play overall is still there. Matt Calvert – B+ Did…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B Outside of the delay of game late, Bellemare had a solid game overall. There was a scare with him blocking a shot but he seemed to make it okay. A dominant night in the face-off circle, winning 11 of 15. Ian Cole – A Cole has not been perfect on the penalty kill recently, but…...

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Welcome to the weekly Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on twitter or respond in the comments.

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For the first time in a few weeks, Avs fans finally got a little bit of good news on the injury front on Saturday.

Philipp Grubauer, Mikko Rantanen, and Nikita Zadorov all hit the ice for the first time since their injuries, which is a step in the right direction.

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Vladislav Kamenev waited patiently. The 23-year-old Russian has consistently been one of the first guys on the ice before practice, and always one of the last off. Whether it’s working with Shawn Allard on little things to improve his game, or helping Jussi Parkkila with his goalie drills, he’s done everything and more to be prepared for when the Avs…...

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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 – 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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A four goal outburst in the first 9:25 of the game was just the start the Avalanche needed in Washington, as that red hot start gave them a nice cushion as they held on to beat the Washington Capitals by a score of 6-3. Erik Johnson – A- EJ played a ton, almost 27 minutes overall, with varying degrees of…...

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