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Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog recently went on one of Sweden’s more popular hockey podcasts, NHL-Timmen, with host Linus Hugosson. The conversation covered a wide range of topics and one of our readers, Robin Fredriksson, was kind enough to translate it into English. You can find the podcast here and Hugosson here. This particular episode can be listened to here but…

With the NHL season currently on pause, we decided to look back at the 70 games that actually got played and remember the things that have already happened. This roundtable features the primary three faces of the DNVR Avalanche in AJ Haefele, Evan Rawal, and Nathan Rudolph. Best moment AJ: Colorado’s “other” win against Nashville , a 3-2 road win,…...

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How can you not be romantic about sports? Sports have given the world so many good underdog stories of the years that it’s become impossible not to get the warm and fuzzies when you see another one. What the Colorado Avalanche did tonight won’t go down in those same annals of motivational history but it doesn’t lessen that we nonetheless…...

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There was a game tonight, yes. The Avalanche had a chance to tie the St. Louis Blues for first in the Central Division for the second time this road trip but once again came up short. This loss was completely unlike the one against Vancouver over the weekend as that was a high-scoring affair with lots of scoring chances. This…...

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The San Jose Sharks suck this year. After how last year ended for the Avalanche, I’m sure there’s some real schadenfreude going on with regards to how the Sharks have fallen apart and won’t even have their own draft pick to benefit from this lost season of theirs. But up close and back in the Shark Tank for the first…...

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Avs games in Vancouver the last couple years have been nothing short of wild rides. Tyson Barrie had a five-point night, Nathan MacKinnon injured his shoulder in a playoff chase, Philipp Grubauer struggled badly in a 7-6 barnburner that was also the first-ever DNVR (then BSN) Avalanche Watch Party, and the one game there this year saw Vancouver come back…...

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You don’t get a seven-game winning streak without having some good fortune on your side. After games in which they were arguably outplayed but got enough breaks to find their way to wins against Carolina and Nashville over the weekend, it was finally time to pay the good luck piper. Colorado outshot and outplayed the Anaheim Ducks for the majority…...

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This had all the red flags of a classic let down game for the Avalanche. Coming off an improbable two wins over the weekend against good teams battling for playoff positions, Colorado rolled into Detroit, which somehow has already been mathematically eliminated for almost two weeks. This is a Red Wings team so bad in every facet that they’re threatening…...

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Tyson Jost. The man who evokes many emotions by just putting his name out there on the internet. It’s been a struggle for Jost in his third NHL season as he hasn’t quite broken out as expected and on the deepest Avs team in years has found himself increasingly relegated to fourth-line duty. There have been plenty of nights where…...

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If there was ever a game to wave away a loss, this was it. This was tailor-made for the Avalanche’s five-game winning streak to come to a halt. Let’s look at a list of things going against them coming into this one. Played grueling game last night in Carolina Nashville hung out at home last night and probably watched the…...

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Sometimes you Storm Surge, sometimes the storm surges you. In a battle of nature versus different nature, it was other nature that ended up prevailing tonight as the Avalanche topped the Hurricanes, 3-2. The real difference-maker, however, was La Tornade as a perfect finish from Sam Girard at 17:23 of the third period broke a tie and provided a little…...

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I always laugh when guys like me (media types, I mean) categorize a rash of injuries as a possible “blessing in disguise.” Like a team somehow gets better or has an improved situation because a grip of injuries ripped through their team and forced them to play short-handed. For the second time this season, however, the Avalanche are dealing with…...

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The trade deadline always presents an odd exercise in building a team that’s trying to win a championship. It’s almost never core pieces that get moved but complementary ones, players on the periphery. After all, it’s largely the good teams in the league trying to pillage the bad teams for the players that can help them the most. That alone…...

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Injuries have a way of revealing the stuff teams are really made of, that secret sauce that separates the pretenders from contenders. With four regulars missing at forward and playing their backup goaltender for the second straight night, this was the kind of game a team could have lost and many would have shrugged and pointed to any number of…...

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Who needs John Gibson? Fresh off signing a two-year contract that will hopefully keep him in Denver through 2022, Pavel Francouz recorded the first shutout of his NHL career in a 1-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Gibson, for his part, made life as difficult as he could for the Avalanche as he looked much more like the Vezina-caliber goaltender…...

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When players have an option between testing the free agent waters and staying where they’re familiar, it’s always interesting to see which the player prioritizes. Given Pavel Francouz’s age (29) and strong rookie season this year, it was reasonable to expect he might get intriguing offers to play more for bad teams, potentially even getting a chance to start for…...

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Funny what a couple of years can do in the NHL. It wasn’t that long ago that Joe Sakic was in the shadow of the impetuous attitude of Patrick Roy, his former teammate back during their glory-filled playing day. Their management structure didn’t last long and yielded almost disastrous results. Their parting of ways left their pet project, the Colorado…...

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Stylistic contrasts almost always make for entertaining hockey viewing because the team that successfully imposes it’s will on the other usually gets the outcome it’s looking for. Back in January, that was true when the New York Islanders shutout the Avalanche 1-0 in what was a showcase not only for the NHL’s replay system but also Semyon Varlamov’s revenge on…...

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There are roller coasters and there is tonight’s game. When a game gets billed as a “Stanley Cup preview” type of game, you tend to get a pretty good game, especially in the second half of the season. What the attendees at Pepsi Center got tonight was on another level. While the Tampa Bay Lightning walked out with a 4-3…...

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