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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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“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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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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Well, at least Ottawa lost. #LoseForHughes. That may be what it’s getting down to for Avs fans. While the Avs still have many mathematical opportunities to get themselves into the playoffs, their realistic hopes took a big turn for the worse Thursday night in a flatline, critical-game effort against the Dallas Stars. The Avs are now the 11th best team…...

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CALIFORNIA – Remember last Saturday? No? Let me rewind: That day, the Colorado Avalanche went into Nashville and shut out the Predators 5-0, not even 17 hours after they’d gone in to Chicago and beaten the Blackhawks in their barn. The Avs played aggressive, smart, team hockey, with a roster specked with some youngsters who really helped add to the cause.…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Seventeen games left. Seventeen games to outpace either the Minnesota Wild or the Dallas Stars by better than two points. Seventeen games to show the hockey world that, no, the 2018-19 version of the Colorado Avalanche didn’t backslide from a previous year of serious progress. Seventeen games to go. The last game of the year will be…...

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When you’ve lost 12 out of 13 of anything, you’re probably going to be pretty over getting involved in whatever you’re losing. When the Avalanche found their way in overtime once again following a blown third period lead for the second time in three nights, they buckled down. I talked with Erik Johnson this morning about how the team can…...

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This time of year is always defined by rampant scoreboard-watching. The Avalanche are keeping their eyes on the likes of Minnesota, Dallas, Arizona, and Chicago as their competition for the wild card spots in the postseason. Given the disappointing results of last night where Minnesota scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to steal two points from Winnipeg,…...

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LOVELAND – If you live enough life, you get used to seeing the faces people make in certain situations. When I went to talk with A.J. Greer following the Colorado Eagles 5-3 victory over the San Antonio Rampage, I was expecting the face of a young man who was searching for answers. He had just finished off a three-point night (one…...

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Some uncut audio here, from another overtime loss. Not a whole lot, as the Avs’ locker room cleared out pretty darn quick. Just the new guy, Derick Brassard and the coach. Plus, some Patrik Nemeth from earlier in the day. Oh, and some Alan Roach from the Howard Stern Show. Seriously, our Avs PA voice, a guest on the Stern…...

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Not content to sit idly by and let the trade deadline come and go like they did last year (at least at the NHL level), the Avalanche dipped their toe in the trade waters by acquiring Derick Brassard from the Florida Panthers. The Avalanche also acquired a sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft if Brassard does not re-sign with…...

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When the Avalanche found themselves tied in a game without goals entering the third period yesterday, there was plenty of hope the team could find a way on home ice to come out on top of the St. Louis Blues. They had played a tightly contested defensive game and goaltender Semyon Varlamov had been great at bailing them out of…...

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That’s how you end a losing streak! Following weeks of futility and seemingly inventing new ways to lose on any given night, the Avalanche went into a place that’s been nothing short of a house of horros and slayed a whole grip of demons all at once. Sure, it’s just one game but Colorado’s 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets…...

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Losing sucks. When you lose eight games in a row, you know what’s coming. You know guys like me are going to ask questions you don’t want to answer and talk about topics you don’t want to touch on. So it came as no surprise when Nathan MacKinnon heard the question about recent struggles and his eyes went from focused…...

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With the Avalanche back in town following a peculiar road trip out east that saw them lose all three games in overtime, the focus today was not on what they lost on the trip but rather what they gained. The players and head coach Jared Bednar stressed the importance of buying into the positivity of the situation right now. Despite…...

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Inside the Avalanche's plan to turn things around

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This day, like most every other day for the Colorado Avalanche the last two months, unfolded the same way. A peppery sense of optimism characterized the dressing room after the morning skate. Semyon Varlamov joked around with TV man Marc Moser, doing stretches just outside the room. Jared Bednar spoke of how he liked his team’s leadership core…...

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