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This has been a long, weird year for the Colorado Avalanche. It feels like another lifetime ago but we’ve watched this club put out a top line that at one point had three players on pace for 100-point seasons. We saw a power play so prolific at the start of the season, Lauren Gardner caught Mikko Rantanen off-guard during a…...

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It sure sucked to see the Minnesota Wild’s playoff chances thrown a major wrench in the gears tonight by the Colorado Avalanche, didn’t it? If the Avs miss the playoffs, but also cause the Wild to miss them based off this 3-1 win tonight in their barn? That won’t suck, will it? The grades: Mikko Rantanen (B+) – No points,…...

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The comparisons to last year were inevitable. The Avalanche are sitting on the outside of the playoffs looking in but knowing they successfully climbed the last-season playoff push mountain last year, they’re confident they can do it again. When Tyson Jost heard the question, he just smiled. Talking about last year’s success has that effect on a lot of the…...

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When we talk about how goaltenders are voodoo, this is the stuff we’re talking about. There were no signs of this coming. Following a dominant home win on January 4 against the New York Rangers, Philipp Grubauer started three games in the span of a month, giving up 16 goals (!) in those starts. At that point, Semyon Varlamov had…...

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Why can’t every game be on a weekend afternoon? They’re always more fun, everybody is always in a good mood and the hockey always seems to be good too. Well, not if you were a New Jersey Devils fan Sunday. Pretty easy win for the Avs, whose playoff hopes remain on life support. But, hey, could be worse. The grades:…...

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Andrew Agozzino (C) – He had one nice play where he chipped a centering pass on net. That was the end of his notable contributions tonight. Sven Andrighetto (A) – The fourth line was at times awful and one time it was really good. Andrighetto’s biggest contribution, tying the game at 3-3 in the third period, came when he was on the…...

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This will be a tough postmortem to perform, if, as it appears more and more likely, exactly how and why the Avalanche fell apart so badly in the second half of this season and missed the playoffs. I don’t really get it, folks. On Dec. 6, the Avalanche had a 17-7-5 record after a 5-2 win at the BB&T Center…...

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WHAT: BSN Avalanche watch party with AJ, Dater, and Jesse WHEN: Tuesday, March 19th at 6:00 pm WHERE: Icehouse Tavern | 1801 Wynkoop Street # 150 Denver, CO. 80202 WHY: Watch the Avs battle the Wild and win another incredible prize pack! Join Adrian Dater, AJ Haefele, and Jesse Montano at the Icehouse Tavern in LoDo and watch the Avalanche battle the Minnesota Wild GIVEAWAYS  –…

“I thought you guys played a pretty good game,” I said to Nikita Zadorov, sitting by himself quietly. “Not good enough. We didn’t win,” Big Z replied. Yeah, that about sums it up. Earlier in the year, this kind of a loss might have been tallied as a moral victory at least. But this Avalanche team knows it has more…...

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Andrew Agozzino (C) – He was fine. The fourth line had its moments of both good and bad but at least Agozzino and Andrighetto helped create some offense in limited minutes. Sven Andrighetto (C) – Another really low-impact night for Andrighetto as he continues to play out the string on his Colorado career. I like the guy so I’m disappointed it hasn’t…...

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When you go on the road and have a virtual no-show against a division rival whom you’re competing for a playoff spot with, it’s hard to have any kind of response that makes you feel like it was just one game. That’s especially true when that road game costs you your captain, third-leading scorer, and most versatile two-way forward. And…...

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Mikko Rantanen (A) – I thought Mikko was excellent. That was a classic wait-him-out Mikko patience goal there in the third, on the PP. Mikko made Carter Hutton commit with his patience, then went top cookies. He became the third Avs player to hit the 30-goal mark, the first time that’s happened since 1995-96 (Forsberg, Sakic, Lemieux). Nathan MacKinnon (X)…...

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