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The NHL Department of Player Safety announced today that Colorado Avalanche forward and captain Gabriel Landeskog is suspended for two games as a result of his blindside hit on Boston’s Brad Marchand. Landeskog was given a five minute major and ejected from the game. Marchand would go on to punch Landeskog in the face as Landeskog was allegedly trying…...

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The Avalanche currently inhabit last place in the Western Conference. Is this where you see them finishing the season or do you think they will dig themselves out of this mess? Cheryl: They’ll dig themselves out, but how far is anyone’s guess. They’ve killed their own chances at the playoffs, but finishing 10th-12th wouldn’t be a stretch. J.D.:  I…...

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The Colorado Avalanche held their final home practice for the next couple weeks as they left for Philadelphia this morning. The following line combinations were used throughout practice and are subject to change as Blake Comeau was not present because of a death in the family. Gabriel Landeskog – Matt Duchene – Nathan MacKinnon John Mitchell – Carl Soderberg…...

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In a bit of early morning news that will disappoint many, the Colorado Avalanche demoted highly-touted young defenseman Nikita Zadorov to the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League. The 20-year old Zadorov was seen as the primary piece of the return the Avalanche got from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Ryan O’Reilly. He has made appearances in…...

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WHERE/WHEN November 6, 2015 Game 14 Pepsi Center Denver, CO HIGHLIGHTS   The Colorado Avalanche came into tonight’s game against the visiting New York Rangers needing a strong effort after their paltry showing in a 4-2 loss in Arizona last night. Playing with jump early, the Avalanche took advantage of the only penalty of the first period as Nathan MacKinnon…...

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Mikhail Grigorenko’s path to NHL success has run through Colorado Avalanche Head Coach Patrick Roy for a long time. The two were paired together in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League when Roy was the coach and overlord of the Quebec Remparts while Grigorenko was the top prospect, registering 85 goals in 115 games played for the team. Grigorenko was…...

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WHERE/WHEN November 3, 2015 Game 12 Pepsi Center Denver, CO HIGHLIGHTS The Colorado Avalanche came into tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames desperately in need of a “get right game” and they got off to a decent start as Matt Duchene continued trying to get the over-sized monkey off his back with a nice goal off his own rebound…...

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WHERE/WHEN Number November 1 Game 11 Pepsi Center Denver, CO HIGHLIGHTS The Colorado Avalanche came into this afternoon’s game badly in need of a confidence boost to their already-sagging season and Jarome Iginla’s power play goal 5:17 into the game was precisely the start the Avs were looking for. The lead wouldn’t last, however, as Joel Ward took…...

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WHERE/WHEN October 30, 2015 Game 10 PNC Arena Raleigh, North Carolina HIGHLIGHTS Special teams has been the name of the game for the Avalanche on their three game road trip and this game was certainly no different. Colorado’s road futility continued early on as they failed to score on a 5-on-3 advantage early in the first period, paving the…...

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The losses to the Blue Jackets and Panthers were nothing short of disheartening for most Avs fans. Colorado followed up with an impressive victory over Tampa Bay. What are you biggest takeaways from this week’s slate of games? Evan: My takeaway is that this team still doesn’t have a real identity or a whole lot of chemistry at this…...

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When the Avalanche extended free agent forward Jack Skille a professional tryout (PTO) contract, it was done so with very little fan fare. Drafted seventh overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Skille was expected to be one of the forwards to lead the Blackhawks to the heights they’ve recently achieved. Instead, his career never took flight the way…...

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WHERE/WHEN October 24, 2015 Game 7 Pepsi Center Denver, CO HIGHLIGHTS Coming into the tonight’s game against the winless Columbus Blue Jackets, the Colorado Avalanche were looking at an increasingly large mountain to climb in the Central Division after just six games. They got off to the kind of start they needed before getting to the road-heavy portion of…...

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The Avalanche lost to Carolina but had a strong defensive effort. Do you take any solace in knowing they outplayed a bad team or do the results matter more to you at this point? Cheryl: I was happy to see a strong defensive effort. We’ve no doubt that this team can score goals. Now we’ve seen (even if it…...

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WHERE/WHEN Date/Game Number October 21, 2015 Game 6 City/Arena Pepsi Center Denver, CO HIGHLIGHTS Returning home from a quick road trip to South California, the Avalanche came out strong in the first period, outshooting the Carolina Hurricans 9-5 and generally dominating the play. Despite the litany of positives early on, the Avalanche finished the first 0-for-4 on the power play…...

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The NHL announced tonight Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has been suspended three games for his hit on Simon Despres in the second period of Colorado’s game in Anaheim on Friday night. The hit is officially classified as charging and interference. This is the first suspension of Barrie’s career. This likely clears the way for the Avalanche to take…...

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This week we bring back the Avalanche roundtable, something you can expect to see every Friday here at BSN Denver. We welcome a new voice to the Avalanche staff as J.D. Killian makes his BSN debut today! Look for lots of great stuff to come from J.D. as well as the usual smorgasbord of coverage from the rest of the…...

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The Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League announced yesterday they were stripping Colorado Avalanche forward prospect Conner Bleackley of his captaincy, which he has held for the previous two seasons, and making him an alternate to new captain Wyatt Johnson. Bleackley, taken by the Avalanche with the 23rd selection of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, was widely praised…...

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WHERE/WHEN October 14, 2015 Game 3 Pepsi Center Denver, CO HIGHLIGHTS The Colorado Avalanche came into their third game of the season at home versus the stumbling Boston Bruins looking to make a statement and allay the confidence gained from the third period of their second game against the Dallas Stars into a more consistent effort against a team…...

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Today we debut our weekly BSN Avalanche Mailbag! We asked if Avalanche fans had questions and we received a handful of good ones. Questions were either sent in to our Twitter (@BSNAvalanche) or email (BSNAvalanche@gmail.com) and pulled some of our favorites to be answered. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. Don’t be a stranger in future iterations of…...

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Where/When October 10, 2015 Game #2 Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado Highlights Coming off a crushing collapse in the season opener, the Colorado Avalanche were looking to get off to a hot start against the visiting Dallas Stars. 20 seconds into the game, Stars forward Mattias Janmark put an end to that plan as he potted his second goal of…...

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