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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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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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“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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The Avalanche improved to 3-12 in games that extend beyond regulation on Tuesday night with a dramatic comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings. It took 15 tries but the Avalanche finally had a regular, normal overtime victory as their first two wins beyond regulation ended with a power-play goal in Anaheim and then last week when the Avs beat…...

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Avalanche fans held their breath through the night after I reported Mikko Rantanen had gone for x-rays after the game and head coach Jared Bednar provided no update. This morning’s practice brought clarity on that front as Rantanen was described as “fine” by Bednar and will play tomorrow night in Dallas. Nikita Zadorov, however, is not in the same boat…...

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It’s all about the long game. In their season-long question to have their cake and eat it, too, the Avalanche pulled off the double dip perfectly. With the Ottawa Senators sneaking a point against the New York Islanders tonight, the Sens moved to within just three points of the Detroit Red Wings for last place in the NHL. With the…...

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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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Here’s the audio from last night’s locker room scrums with Nathan MacKinnon and Semyon Varlamov. I got to MacKinnon alone before others joined up and, as you’ll hear, others joined Varlamov and weren’t shy about asking the same question he’d already answered. Up first is MacKinnon: After we have the amusing interview with Varlamov, raw and uncut....

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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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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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Every year there are defining moments throughout the season that people get attached to because they were either so unexpected or so spectacular (or both) that they couldn’t help but be etched into your memories forever. When I think back to last year and Colorado’s unexpected run to the postseason, I obviously remember the 10-game winning streak and the game…...

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