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CALIFORNIA – Let’s call this what it was: a killer loss. This was a game the Avs kinda-sorta had to have, to keep in step with team 7,8 and 9 in the West. As it stands, the Avs are now No. 10 in the West, after a 2-1 loss to lowly Anaheim. Let’s do the grades: Mikko Rantanen (C+) – Four…...

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CALIFORNIA – Remember last Saturday? No? Let me rewind: That day, the Colorado Avalanche went into Nashville and shut out the Predators 5-0, not even 17 hours after they’d gone in to Chicago and beaten the Blackhawks in their barn. The Avs played aggressive, smart, team hockey, with a roster specked with some youngsters who really helped add to the cause.…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Another loss in San Jose. Last Avs victory here was in 2015. Let’s get to the grades: Mikko Rantanen (B+) – I think No. 96 is playing slightly hurt right now, with a lower-body thing. But that didn’t stop him from having a good game. He scored one of the Avs’ three goals and was pretty strong…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Seventeen games left. Seventeen games to outpace either the Minnesota Wild or the Dallas Stars by better than two points. Seventeen games to show the hockey world that, no, the 2018-19 version of the Colorado Avalanche didn’t backslide from a previous year of serious progress. Seventeen games to go. The last game of the year will be…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – There will be a change in the Avalanche’s defensive rotation tonight, when they play the San Jose Sharks here at SAP Center. Ian Cole, out since Feb. 7 following a broken orbital bone around his left eye, will return to the lineup and replace rookie Ryan Graves. Cole will wear a full facial shield, something he’s actually…...

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In this edition of the “Avalanche Weekly Breakdown”, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss the ongoing overtime curse still afflicting the team. Why does this keep happening? Also up for discussion: Dater gives his opinion on the Derick Brassard trade, and what to watch for this weekend when the Avs open a two-game road trip in…...

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Some uncut audio here, from another overtime loss. Not a whole lot, as the Avs’ locker room cleared out pretty darn quick. Just the new guy, Derick Brassard and the coach. Plus, some Patrik Nemeth from earlier in the day. Oh, and some Alan Roach from the Howard Stern Show. Seriously, our Avs PA voice, a guest on the Stern…...

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It was all right there for it to be a storybook day for Derick Brassard. Start the day with one team, play for the other just down the hall. Score the go-ahead goal with about 12 minutes left in the game, despite almost no sleep the night before and not having skated for three days. It’s still a great story.…...

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I’m actually having a hard time getting this story started. Or, I was anyway. I probably sat here for 15 minutes staring at the milky white screen thinking “Did I just see what I think I saw?” I mean, look, we did not witness man walking on the moon. We did not witness the Rapture or anything. All that happened…...

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What a win, eh Avs Nation? Wow, not sure I saw that coming in the third there, but it’s a Colorado Avalanche road victory in Chicago, putting them two points up on the Hawks, with a game still in hand. If the atrocious Detroit Red Wings weren’t the opponent for the Minnesota Wild tonight, the Avs would not still be…...

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Uncut audio from Avs locker room, following the 7-1 win over Winnipeg. I have three players for you here, A.J. Greer, Gabe Landeskog and Matt Nieto. All three contributed in different ways to what I thought was the most impressive win of the Avs season. First up, Greer, who scored his first career goal: Next up, Landy, talking about this…...

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Now that was an ass-whipping. Avs beat Winnipeg Jets 7-1 Wednesday night, move back into the top eight in the Western Conference and win the fights against a chippy Winnipeg squad. Let’s get to the grades, and I’ll be doling out A’s like biscuits on a cold Sunday morning. Mikko Rantanen (A) – Scored the second goal of the game…...

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Greetings from the Pepsi Center, where the Avs just finished up their morning skate. A big one (they’re all big now) tonight against the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets (6:30 start, TV reasons). There will be absolutely no change from the lineup the other night. Semyon Varlamov in net, same line combos, same D pairs. So, not a lot of news…...

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#DaterJinx be damned, there is still plenty of hope for this Colorado Avalanche hockey club. The Avs go into tonight’s game with the Vegas Golden Knights three points out of the second and final Western Conference playoff spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild. They are also even in points with the Arizona Coyotes (57) and two points back of…...

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For as long as I cover this fine game, I’ll never, ever forget the words of the Avalanche’s first coach, Marc Crawford, during that unforgettable 1995-96 season. “Your best players have to be your best players,” Crow often said. So simple, eh? Hockey is an incredibly complex game I think, with so many nuances. And yet, it always comes down…...

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Hobey Baker favorite Cale Makar thinks he's ready to turn pro with Colorado Avalanche

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