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Andrew Agozzino (C+) –I mean no offense to him when I say this but I just don’t seem to ever notice Agozzino doing anything. He barely plays and essentially nothing happens during his shifts so it could absolutely be worse. It could be better, too, of course, but it could be worse. The stat sheet said he had three shots…...

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Andrew Agozzino (C-) – I can’t say I honestly noticed Agozzino much in his limited ice time. He was negative in shot share so I’m giving him the slight minus since I have nothing else to really work from here. Sven Andrighetto (A-) – Andrighetto got beat up in shot share and that matters but he also scored the game-winning goal and…...

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Sven Andrighetto (C) – I didn’t notice Andrighetto at all tonight. Just not an impact either way. Tyson Barrie (A+) – Another game-winning goal. Four goals in three games. They needed a little extra offensive punch. He’s stepped up and even added eight blocked shots tonight. What a monster performance. Gabriel Bourque (C+) – He was just fine. Some good defensive work…...

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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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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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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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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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Andrew Agozzino (D) – He lost his coverage defensively on the first goal against and had an ugly turnover early that created an extended Dallas possession. That’s not how you convince a head coach to keep you in the lineup. Sven Andrighetto (C-) – I start everybody at a ‘C’ grade and go from there depending on what happens in…...

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Kind of snuck themselves out of the trap tonight, didn’t they? Didn’t look too good there with a couple minutes left, but Tyson Barrie to the rescue, than Nathan MacKinnon for the winner winner, chicken dinner. On to the grades: Mikko Rantanen (A) – A goal and two assist for 96. We talked to him after the game and he…...

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CALIFORNIA – Let’s call this what it was: a killer loss. This was a game the Avs kinda-sorta had to have, to keep in step with team 7,8 and 9 in the West. As it stands, the Avs are now No. 10 in the West, after a 2-1 loss to lowly Anaheim. Let’s do the grades: Mikko Rantanen (C+) – Four…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Another loss in San Jose. Last Avs victory here was in 2015. Let’s get to the grades: Mikko Rantanen (B+) – I think No. 96 is playing slightly hurt right now, with a lower-body thing. But that didn’t stop him from having a good game. He scored one of the Avs’ three goals and was pretty strong…...

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Jesse here, coming to you from a very chilly Pepsi Center press box. The good news is it’s even colder outside, he says with extreme sarcasm. Anyway, the Avalanche locker room finally had something to celebrate past regulation as Carl Soderberg scored the shootout winner to help the Avs grab the extra point. Grades for everyone, courtesy of yours truly,…...

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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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What a win, eh Avs Nation? Wow, not sure I saw that coming in the third there, but it’s a Colorado Avalanche road victory in Chicago, putting them two points up on the Hawks, with a game still in hand. If the atrocious Detroit Red Wings weren’t the opponent for the Minnesota Wild tonight, the Avs would not still be…...

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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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