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With most prospects hitting the ten-game mark of the season trajectories for the year are starting to become clear and many of them are of the very positive variety. Despite having just one first-round pick in their unsigned ranks the Avs prospect pool remains strong. Prospect of the Week: Sampo Ranta – LW Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM +/-…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C- He was really amped up and it showed. That manifested in some good ways but also some bad with him taking another needless penalty, this one in the offensive zone, and it led to a goal against and helped Philadelphia briefly climb back into the game. Justus Annunen – C- Claude Giroux’s goals were bombs. The…...

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Woo boy, ok. That game left me feeling like I need a cigarette, and I don’t smoke. But, as the old saying goes, any time you can start your organization’s fourth goalie and still win, you’ll take it. No? Is that not a saying? Well, it is now, because I said it. The Colorado Avalanche won 7-5 on a night…...

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Jack Johnson – (D) – This pairing was the only one I had a real consistent issue with. The Johnsons seem out of sync. When you look at their underlying’s tonight, they were *terrible* but when you watch them, one of them seems to be consistently out of position and it has cost the team. They’ve gotta be better. Erik…...

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Who knew the season series against the Ottawa Senators would provide so much drama? After Colorado’s 7-5 home win against the Sens last week, the Avalanche visited Ottawa’s barn and another roller coaster ensued with Ottawa getting a 6-5 overtime win this time around. It was a game full of controversy, however, as Ottawa’s third goal is the kind that…...

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When stepping off the stage at a big competition with a brand new group I was singing with, I knew we had had a hell of a debut. What I didn’t expect was all the other groups in the competition to drop by and either enthusiastically or begrudgingly congratulate us on our impending win. It was a humbling and exciting…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C- His penalty was his fourth in eight games in Colorado. That’s too many. He can’t seem to string together games without doing something dumb. The penalty tonight you feel bad for because he thought his star player had just taken an elbow up high and he was defending him. When it turned out to be friendly…...

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Ok, everybody, you can exhale. After the Colorado Avalanche got absolutely pumped by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game of a five-game road trip last night, they responded by playing a really solid road game to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at the Bell Centre. This wasn’t the best game they’ve played, this wasn’t a perfect response, they…...

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Jack Johnson – (D-) – This bottom pairing was seriously problematic tonight, which is really tough to imagine given that these are both guys that were legitimate top-four defensemen and Olympians somewhat recently. They got absolutely caved in tonight. Bowen Byram – (D) – Probably his worst game of the year, if not the worst game of his very young…...

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Let’s talk some caveats here as we get into Colorado’s 8-3 shelling at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was kind of a weird situation and it produced a weird game so let’s be real about the circumstances. Everything was proceeding as normal and then randomly Justus Annunen, who practiced in Loveland with the Eagles this morning, was…...

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Avalanche viewership is relatively familiar with Sampo Ranta after 10 games with Colorado to start this season. He came to Denver fresh out of college after an impressive NCAA career with the Minnesota Gophers. In his third and final college season, he finished second in the league as a leading goal scorer just behind Cole Caufield – earning a place…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B NAK has fit in almost perfectly. The problems with penalties still exist and he’s probably not long for a top-nine role in Colorado but if he can translate his level of play to the fourth line when the Avs get healthy at forward next week, he raises the floor quite a bit. His play tonight is…...

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It was a near picture-perfect response from the Colorado Avalanche after their lackluster performance last night in Dallas, as the Avs knocked off old friend Matt Duchene and the Nashville Predators 6-2 Saturday night back at home. If you tuned into the DNVR Avalanche Postgame Show after the Avs lost 3-1 in Dallas, you heard a show filled with plenty…...

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Jack Johnson – D Pretty average Jack Jonnson night, honestly. The Avs were sloppy all night,  he got beat out from behind the net for the first goal, and that bumped him down grade-wise. Erik Johnson – D- The sharp decline is here. Erik Johnson has become problematic for this team when he plays like he did tonight. The play…...

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Let’s start with some caveats before we get to whatever you want to call what happened tonight in Dallas. The Avalanche came into the game tonight on a six-game winning streak, all without Nathan MacKinnon and while also missing important depth players such as J.T. Compher and Bowen Byram, but mainly no MacKinnon. It’s hard to feel too much negativity…...

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