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After their 19th game and still sitting in a playoff spot, it would seem an odd time to push the panic button for the Colorado Avalanche. Just four points behind first-place Vegas, the Avs have started well enough to feel like they’ve weathered the early-season storms that have come their way, from another rash of injuries to a COVID shutdown…...

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Perhaps this is controversial, or perhaps it isn't, but let it be known: as of right now, Samuel Girard is the Avs #1 defenseman.

Still just 21 years old, Girard led the Avs in average time on ice at 21:19 a game, but where the staff trusted him more than any other player on the team is at even strength, where he averaged over a full minute more than the next closest player (Erik Johnson). While Jared Bednar and Nolan Pratt won't hesitate to put Girard on the ice with Cale Makar for offensive zone face-offs, they pretty consistently use him in defensive matchups against the other teams best players.

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There’s a scene from “The Office” where main character and cliche-ruiner Michael Scott realizes he has the upper hand on his former employer and he starts a conversation by saying, “Well, well, well. How the turntables…” before trailing off and realizing he’s screwed up the phrase. That’s kind of what I imagined tonight when Nathan MacKinnon and Sam Girard had…...

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“We have to play a full 60 minutes.” One of hockey’s most-repeated cliches is all about how teams have to play a full game in order to come out with the win. But the dirty secret is that it isn’t really true at all. Tonight was another example of that as the Toronto Maple Leafs played a very effective 18…...

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One of the things I love most about watching sports is when you see a player who, even at the highest level, does things other players simply cannot. We are into the seventh season of watching Nathan MacKinnon so it’s easy to take him for granted at times but he certainly stands out as one of the NHL’s bests.…...

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