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Despite a 2-1 record after the first three games, and the advantage of playing on home ice, Jared Bednar and the Colorado Avalanche were looking for a shake-up in the bottom six as they welcomed in the Winnipeg Jets for the second game of the season within the confines of Ball Arena. Three players were called up, (Martin Kaut, Anton…...

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What a game we were treated to in Denver on Saturday afternoon.  The matinee matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins was one of those games that you could tell just a few minutes in that, regardless of the outcome and who you were cheering for, it was just going to be a fantastic hockey game to watch.  It...

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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 – 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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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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