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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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This time of year is always defined by rampant scoreboard-watching. The Avalanche are keeping their eyes on the likes of Minnesota, Dallas, Arizona, and Chicago as their competition for the wild card spots in the postseason. Given the disappointing results of last night where Minnesota scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to steal two points from Winnipeg,…...

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LOVELAND – If you live enough life, you get used to seeing the faces people make in certain situations. When I went to talk with A.J. Greer following the Colorado Eagles 5-3 victory over the San Antonio Rampage, I was expecting the face of a young man who was searching for answers. He had just finished off a three-point night (one…...

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Sven Andrighetto (C-) – Back to the fourth line, back to mostly disappearing. Shot metrics were nice, I guess. Tyson Barrie (C+) – He was on for two of the goals against but I didn’t think his defense was necessarily the problem on either play but there were mistakes galore from him tonight. He pitched in with two assists and could have…...

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Not content to sit idly by and let the trade deadline come and go like they did last year (at least at the NHL level), the Avalanche dipped their toe in the trade waters by acquiring Derick Brassard from the Florida Panthers. The Avalanche also acquired a sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft if Brassard does not re-sign with…...

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Every year there are defining moments throughout the season that people get attached to because they were either so unexpected or so spectacular (or both) that they couldn’t help but be etched into your memories forever. When I think back to last year and Colorado’s unexpected run to the postseason, I obviously remember the 10-game winning streak and the game…...

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After the process dominating the results for a while and goaltending being the primary face of their issues, the Avalanche rolled into Chicago tonight and flipped the script. In what was their worst defensive showing in quite a while, Semyon Varlamov once again owned the United Center. Varlamov’s stellar performance continues a strong run from him as his resurgence has…...

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It’s always tough when a person who has found success his entire life suddenly finds himself struggling in ways he never has before. So goes it with Tyson Jost, the 10th overall pick from the 2016 NHL Draft who had a stellar freshman season at North Dakota before signing with the Avalanche and turning pro. Fast forward to this season and…...

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Andrew Agozzino (A+) – First career NHL goal, assist on the third goal: 6:27 TOI. That’s how you handle opportunity. Sven Andrighetto (D+) – This is a touch harsh but when your playing time essentially doubles and I still don’t have much to say about your game, you’re not doing enough with the increased opportunity. Or I just really missed the boat…...

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It was funny walking into the Avalanche locker room tonight. Players tend to stay in the same lockers for years at a time so when you walk in, you tend to know where you’re going based on which player you’re wanting to talk to after a game. With his call-up happening yesterday and me not working morning skate this morning…...

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When the Avalanche found themselves tied in a game without goals entering the third period yesterday, there was plenty of hope the team could find a way on home ice to come out on top of the St. Louis Blues. They had played a tightly contested defensive game and goaltender Semyon Varlamov had been great at bailing them out of…...

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Sven Andrighetto (C+) – After a very strong showing in Winnipeg, Andrighetto returned to previous levels today. It wasn’t all bad for him but it wasn’t the impressive performance he put up two nights ago. Tyson Barrie (D) – The power play continues to not only not produce, but it’s also not even coming close to creating chances. As the primary QB…...

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Sven Andrighetto (A) – He was really fun to watch. Then he scored a goal and it was a nice reminder of just exactly what he is capable of when he’s feeling it. Always happy for a guy struggling through the season when he has a good night. Tyson Barrie (C+) – The shot attempts weren’t great but not many actually…...

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That’s how you end a losing streak! Following weeks of futility and seemingly inventing new ways to lose on any given night, the Avalanche went into a place that’s been nothing short of a house of horros and slayed a whole grip of demons all at once. Sure, it’s just one game but Colorado’s 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets…...

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Losing sucks. When you lose eight games in a row, you know what’s coming. You know guys like me are going to ask questions you don’t want to answer and talk about topics you don’t want to touch on. So it came as no surprise when Nathan MacKinnon heard the question about recent struggles and his eyes went from focused…...

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Sven Andrighetto (D) – There just isn’t anything happening here. He did almost create something on the power play but he got spun around and lost his feet. I’m not going to rail on it being a penalty because I’m not sure if it was but it would be nice to see Andrighetto actually contribute a little something. Tyson Barrie (F)…...

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When you’ve lost seven games in a row, there aren’t really any positives you can take into the eighth game that don’t sound hollow or meaningful. The Avalanche went out and had the kind of first period they really needed to have. Sure, there were some mistakes but asking a team to play mistake-free is asking a team not to…...

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With the Avalanche back in town following a peculiar road trip out east that saw them lose all three games in overtime, the focus today was not on what they lost on the trip but rather what they gained. The players and head coach Jared Bednar stressed the importance of buying into the positivity of the situation right now. Despite…...

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