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Now that was an ass-whipping. Avs beat Winnipeg Jets 7-1 Wednesday night, move back into the top eight in the Western Conference and win the fights against a chippy Winnipeg squad. Let’s get to the grades, and I’ll be doling out A’s like biscuits on a cold Sunday morning. Mikko Rantanen (A) – Scored the second goal of the game…...

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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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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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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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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Well, they got a point. But they also lost a key point. Let’s do the individual grades from another Avs OT loss, this time to the Washington Capitals. Mikko Rantanen (B) – He scored a nice goal that cut Washington’s lead to 3-2, and I thought he had the game won in OT, when he fired a rocket…...

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Sven Andrighetto (B) – This was his best game by a country mile in a long time. He’s been a total no-show for a while but he was buzzing all over the ice tonight. He had multiple very good scoring chances but didn’t capitalize. If he played this way more consistently, he wouldn’t be stuck on Colorado’s fourth line. Tyson…...

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Let’s nice waste any time with small talk and just get right to another bunch of disappointing Avalanche player grades from tonight’s game with Vancouver: Alexander Kerfoot (D) – Played on a line with MacKinnon and Wilson, and had no shots on net in the first period. It makes sense on paper to put him with a shooter like MacKinnon,…...

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Player grades for Colorado's loss to the Minnesota Wild. 

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Player grades for Colorado's loss to the Nashville Predators.

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Player grades for Colorado's win over the Los Angeles Kings.

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Player grades for Colorado's loss to the Ottawa Senators.

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TORONTO – Nice to write about a win for a change. Avs beat the Maple Leafs 6-3 in their barn. Let’s get to the individual grades, shall we? Mikko Rantanen (A) – Great game. Not just a great offensive game, but he was really good defensively too. His steal from Nazem Kadri and subsequent goal was one of the best of…...

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MONTREAL – Let’s not waste any time here, let’s just get to the grades and get them over with: Gabe Landeskog (D) – The Canadiens might have done the best job of any team all year on the Avs’ top line. I’m not sure I recall one good scoring chance for Landeskog or his two linemates, and I don’t think I…...

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Player grades from Colorado's loss to the Calgary Flames.

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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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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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