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As the Colorado Avalanche embark on a season-long, seven-game road trip starting tonight, the trade rumor mill has been injected with a dose of hot sauce to spice things up. Former Avs’ beat writer, Adrian Dater, speculated on his twitter account that he believes Matt Duchene will be traded this season by the Avalanche. No. I think the Avs…...

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  Last Saturday, the Colorado Avalanche sent 20-year old defenseman Nikita Zadorov down to their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. I was surprised. I was disappointed. While I understand the team’s rough start presents a variety of challenges, I wish the Avalanche would provide a little more insight into their strategy. As it stands, the reassignment raises more questions…...

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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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Sometimes it’s tough to run the BSN Mailbag. Given the start the Avalanche are off to, you can imagine some of the questions we’re receiving. There are a few that are sarcastic, a couple that are downright mean, but mostly there just seems to be a sense of simmering frustration bubbling in the fanbase. And can anyone blame them?…...

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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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The Avs blew yet another lead on home ice and fell to the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday evening. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Tyson Barrie (B) – Barrie had a rough first period in his own end, but so did most of the Avs.  He had some turnovers, some of which were the result of very…...

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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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Week 4: Oct. 30 – Nov. 5, 2015 The San Antonio Rampage sit comfortably in first within the Pacific Division and the Western Conference this week after a sweep of the former division leaders, the Ontario Reign. The Week in Review Games The Rampage had a full week with two games against the Ontario Reign and a mid-week tilt…...

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This week, we talked with San Antonio Rampage goaltender Calvin Pickard. Among many other interesting tidbits, he gave us some great insight on his relationship with Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy and how helpful it has been working with goalie coaches Francois Allaire (Avalanche) and Jean-Ian Filiatrault (Rampage). Pickard also touched on why the Rampage has been so wildly successful…...

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The Avs actually got off to a good start tonight, and were leading in shots 7-2 before a harmless shot from the point got past Varlamov and changed the game.  The Avs were never able to recover and regain their composure, and lost to the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Tyson Barrie (C-) – I’m…...

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WHERE/WHEN November 5, 2015 Game 13 Gila River Arena Glendale, AZ HIGHLIGHTS After an impressive finish against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night the Avalanche jumped out to a strong start in Arizona, buzzing the Coyotes net with a flurry of early shot-attempts.  It was the Coyotes, however, who would find the back of the net first, as defenseman Nicklas…...

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Follow me on Twitter if you’re interested in Avalanche-related musings and Matt Duchene advocacy. Note: Both the structure and content of this article were directly inspired by the work of Josh Weissbock and Money Puck, who were in turn aided by contributors such as Rhys Jessop and Garret Hohl. Much thanks to them for graciously allowing me to make use…...

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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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Welcome to the Roy Report! Every Wednesday, Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy peels back the curtain on the team during an in-depth radio interview on FM 104.3 The Fan. Even if you missed it, BSN Denver has your back, providing both a recap and analysis to keep you up to speed.  Shots at Net The first topic of the day…...

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The Avs got contributions from all their big guns tonight, and put a season high 42 shots towards the Flames net on their way to a 6-3 victory. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Tyson Barrie (B) – Three assists for Barrie, and he was much more active jumping into the play.  The Avs will not be successful with…...

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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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Tuesday means it’s time for another round of Avalanche Mailbag! At least one question was definitely still feeling the Halloween spirit this week, which was a much-appreciated touch of levity during a stretch of time when it’s been pretty tough to be an Avalanche fan. Questions can be directed to us via Twitter (@BSNAvalanche, hashtag #BSNMailbag) or email (BSNAvalanche@gmail.com) if…...

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The Colorado Avalanche announced that the team has recalled center Ben Street from the San Antonio Rampage. Street is having a phenomenal start to the 2015-16 season, leading the AHL team with 12 points in six games (3g, 9a). The captain scored the game-winning overtime goals in each of San Antonio’s weekend contests against the Ontario Reign, propelling the Rampage…...

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Most fans watch the game of hockey from above, with moves and plays developing before them like a game of chess.  When viewed from this angle, Corsi makes perfect sense:  the more shots attempted, the more shots go in.  It’s simple, straight forward, and to the point, plus it’s been shown to correlate numerically with success. Because of this simplicity, it’s extremely…...

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