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Andrew Agozzino (C+) –I mean no offense to him when I say this but I just don’t seem to ever notice Agozzino doing anything. He barely plays and essentially nothing happens during his shifts so it could absolutely be worse. It could be better, too, of course, but it could be worse. The stat sheet said he had three shots…...

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When Colorado went through that mid-season slump, the entire point of it became to turn it around before it got too late in the year. Neither goaltender had stepped up and really played like a starting goaltender after essentially skipping December and January. Then it was as if the switch that had flipped off following Colorado’s win over Florida in…...

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Andrew Agozzino (C-) – I can’t say I honestly noticed Agozzino much in his limited ice time. He was negative in shot share so I’m giving him the slight minus since I have nothing else to really work from here. Sven Andrighetto (A-) – Andrighetto got beat up in shot share and that matters but he also scored the game-winning goal and…...

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It’s a good thing the Avalanche are likely done playing in Dallas for the season. Last time they were there, Ben Bishop collided with Gabe Landeskog and ended Landeskog’s regular season. Last night, Mikko Rantanen took a hard hit along the benches and left the ice and did not return to the game. Following the game, head coach Jared Bednar…...

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Sven Andrighetto (C) – I didn’t notice Andrighetto at all tonight. Just not an impact either way. Tyson Barrie (A+) – Another game-winning goal. Four goals in three games. They needed a little extra offensive punch. He’s stepped up and even added eight blocked shots tonight. What a monster performance. Gabriel Bourque (C+) – He was just fine. Some good defensive work…...

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This has been a long, weird year for the Colorado Avalanche. It feels like another lifetime ago but we’ve watched this club put out a top line that at one point had three players on pace for 100-point seasons. We saw a power play so prolific at the start of the season, Lauren Gardner caught Mikko Rantanen off-guard during a…...

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The comparisons to last year were inevitable. The Avalanche are sitting on the outside of the playoffs looking in but knowing they successfully climbed the last-season playoff push mountain last year, they’re confident they can do it again. When Tyson Jost heard the question, he just smiled. Talking about last year’s success has that effect on a lot of the…...

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When we talk about how goaltenders are voodoo, this is the stuff we’re talking about. There were no signs of this coming. Following a dominant home win on January 4 against the New York Rangers, Philipp Grubauer started three games in the span of a month, giving up 16 goals (!) in those starts. At that point, Semyon Varlamov had…...

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Andrew Agozzino (C) – He had one nice play where he chipped a centering pass on net. That was the end of his notable contributions tonight. Sven Andrighetto (A) – The fourth line was at times awful and one time it was really good. Andrighetto’s biggest contribution, tying the game at 3-3 in the third period, came when he was on the…...

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Andrew Agozzino (C) – He was fine. The fourth line had its moments of both good and bad but at least Agozzino and Andrighetto helped create some offense in limited minutes. Sven Andrighetto (C) – Another really low-impact night for Andrighetto as he continues to play out the string on his Colorado career. I like the guy so I’m disappointed it hasn’t…...

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When you go on the road and have a virtual no-show against a division rival whom you’re competing for a playoff spot with, it’s hard to have any kind of response that makes you feel like it was just one game. That’s especially true when that road game costs you your captain, third-leading scorer, and most versatile two-way forward. And…...

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Andrew Agozzino (D) – He lost his coverage defensively on the first goal against and had an ugly turnover early that created an extended Dallas possession. That’s not how you convince a head coach to keep you in the lineup. Sven Andrighetto (C-) – I start everybody at a ‘C’ grade and go from there depending on what happens in…...

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The Avalanche improved to 3-12 in games that extend beyond regulation on Tuesday night with a dramatic comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings. It took 15 tries but the Avalanche finally had a regular, normal overtime victory as their first two wins beyond regulation ended with a power-play goal in Anaheim and then last week when the Avs beat…...

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Avalanche fans held their breath through the night after I reported Mikko Rantanen had gone for x-rays after the game and head coach Jared Bednar provided no update. This morning’s practice brought clarity on that front as Rantanen was described as “fine” by Bednar and will play tomorrow night in Dallas. Nikita Zadorov, however, is not in the same boat…...

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It’s all about the long game. In their season-long question to have their cake and eat it, too, the Avalanche pulled off the double dip perfectly. With the Ottawa Senators sneaking a point against the New York Islanders tonight, the Sens moved to within just three points of the Detroit Red Wings for last place in the NHL. With the…...

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As I said to one Avalanche player in the locker room this morning, the playoffs have essentially begun for Colorado. If they’re going to make the postseason dance, they’re going to have to put their best foot forward in the final 16 games of the season. As they head into their matchup tonight against the Detroit Red Wings, they sit…...

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Here’s the audio from last night’s locker room scrums with Nathan MacKinnon and Semyon Varlamov. I got to MacKinnon alone before others joined up and, as you’ll hear, others joined Varlamov and weren’t shy about asking the same question he’d already answered. Up first is MacKinnon: After we have the amusing interview with Varlamov, raw and uncut....

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When you’ve lost 12 out of 13 of anything, you’re probably going to be pretty over getting involved in whatever you’re losing. When the Avalanche found their way in overtime once again following a blown third period lead for the second time in three nights, they buckled down. I talked with Erik Johnson this morning about how the team can…...

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