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We all saw what looked like a moment of confrontation Wednesday night, between Nathan  MacKinnon and Jared Bednar, on the Avalanche bench with about eight seconds left in a 5-3 loss to the Calgary Flames. Sportsnet hockey analyst Kelly Hrudey said he thought MacKinnon said “just do your job” to his coach. MacKinnon slammed his water bottle against the bench,...

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The Avalanche went to Winnipeg and lost again to the Jets, keeping intact their last victory there coming in the Grover Cleveland Administration. Let’s break the game down individually: Gabe Landeskog (A+) – Two goals, four shots on goal, won 9-of-10 faceoffs, great puck-possession numbers. He was certainly not the reason the Avs lost tonight. Should have had a hat…...

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Some locker-room audio here, following Friday night’s blowout win over the New York Rangers. Before I post it, a goalie update: Semyon Varlamov is back to being an active hockey player. Pavel Francouz was sent back to the Eagles. Avs will take Sunday off, so not much news ’til Monday. Then, it’s off to Canada for five games. I’ll be…...

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Well, we finally have a victory to write about. The Avalanche dominated the New York Rangers from start to finish Friday night, breaking a six-game winless streak. Let’s grades the players individually: Gabe Landeskog (A) – Jared Bednar moved him back on to the Three-Headed Monster line, and it was just like riding a bike for the terrific trio. Landeskog…...

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Well, so much for any surprises today down at the Pepsi Center, where YOUR Colorado Avalanche will try break a six-game losing streak. After strongly hinting that Pavel Francouz, the young Czech who has looked good in two relief appearances so far, would get the start tonight, coach Jared Bednar has decided to play it safe and will start Philipp…...

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Pat Salvas is a big Joe Sakic fan. A really, really, really big Joe Sakic fan. He’s such a big Joe Sakic fan that the Avalanche legend and general manager has a free seat waiting for him at every Dartmouth College hockey game, home and road. Salvas, 33, the associate director of varsity communications at Dartmouth, grew up in New…...

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In the latest installment of the Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, brought to you by the best hockey bar in the area, Bender’s Bar and Grill, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss the Avalanche’s current state of misery, and why it’s happening. Also up for discussion: Is Pavel Francouz the answer in goal? And, why getting out of town might not be such…...

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Greetings from the Pepsi Center, where the Avalanche will try to get back into the winning column against a San Jose Sharks team coming off an 8-5 loss in Calgary. The news from the morning skate: Semyon Varlamov is hurt again....

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A couple of audio clips for your listening pleasure. Here’s my chat today with Avs call-up defenseman Ryan Graves, a nice, well-spoken kid, who talks about what it was like to play his first three NHL games after four years in the AHL. Also, Jared Bednar’s talk with the media today. Graves:...

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It was news to the rest of the NHL media today, but not to us BSN Denver people, right? We already knew that the Avalanche would be hosting another Coors Stadium Series NHL outdoor game, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. We let you know that on Nov. 20 of last year, and reported eight months before that about the concept…...

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He came to the Avalanche with the rap as something of an “AHL guy”, a player with lots of pro hockey experience – just none of it at the NHL level. That’s all changed now for Ryan Graves. No one can ever take it away from him, the fact that he made it to The Show. He’s got three games…...

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Happy New Year, let’s get to Avalanche player grades from tonight’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings: Tyson Jost (D+) – I want to be nice, I want to give A’s to everyone, but my job is to tell it like I see it, and I just didn’t see much again from No. 17. When I taught public school a…...

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This column about the Avalanche was going to be pretty negative originally. That’s why I’m going to include what I had written before Carl Soderberg tied the game up with just 1:50 left in regulation, a goal that got the Avalanche a point on New Year’s Eve against the Los Angeles Kings. I was soooooooooo looking forward to erasing the…...

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Another game, another Avalanche overtime loss. Honestly, has there ever been a worse team in overtime than the Avalanche of the last two years? It’s gone beyond embarrassment at this point to Avs fans. It’s just a Scarlet A of shame at this point. Just a horrible outcome – again – when that extra point was on the line. Let’s…...

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In this edition of the “Avalanche Weekly Breakdown”, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss the team’s current three-game slide and what Coach Jared Bednar plans to do about it. Also discussed: what’s gone wrong with the power play and good news about top prospect Conor Timmins....

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Avalanche shake up lines prior to game with Blackhawks

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So, I just finished watching the Avs play the Blackhawks from the lower bowl, something I try to do at least once a year. There is no comparison to what you notice seeing a game from close to ice level instead of the press-box rafters or on TV. And, honestly, if I had a dollar for every “awwwwwww” or “nooooooooooo”…...

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From the Pepsi Center, where the Avs host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight (7 p.m.): Avs will have a new member in the lineup tonight:...

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In this edition of the Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, presented by Bender’s Bar and Grill, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss the goaltender situation. Philipp Grubauer the new No. 1 guy? Also up for discussion: What’s gone wrong with the Chicago Blackhawks, who play the Avs Friday night? And, what will players do over their Christmas break?...

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