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They don’t call them growing pains because they feel good. When the Avalanche last won a playoff series, Jose Theodore was backstopping them past the Minnesota Wild, who was were still in just their seventh season of existence. Nobody really knew at the time Colorado was on the verge of collapsing into irrelevance in the NHL for the next decade.…...

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From pumpkin to prince. A week ago, Mikko Rantanen was skating around on his own wearing an orange non-contact jersey and the world wondering whether or not he’d be healthy for the playoffs. The Avalanche had managed to clinch their postseason berth with Rantanen on the shelf after he suffered an undisclosed injury against the Dallas Stars on March 21.…...

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Fresh off the 48-point season the organization will never be able to forget, they watched in horror as their draft lottery luck was about as it bad as it could be, dropping from the well-earned first pick all the way to four. In the 2017 NHL Draft, that tumble seemed significant at the time. The class was considered weaker than…...

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CALGARY, Alberta – Hello, all, from the Saddledome. Tonight, the Avs will start their 32nd playoff round since moving to Denver in 1995, and I’ve been blessed to have covered all of them. I’ve missed two games in that whole run – one in 1998 against Edmonton, when my grandmother died and I went back east, and one in 2008…...

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For all the nitpicking done on how the Avalanche qualified for the playoffs, not much was really made along the way how Colorado lost two of their top three forwards to injury along the way. Even when they got Gabe Landeskog back, Mikko Rantanen went down and missed the final couple of weeks due to an undisclosed injury. Well, now…...

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I’ve been blessed to have a unique look at the Colorado Avalanche the last three years. It seemed like a curse at first because I was the only media member to cover the 48-point Avalanche season from training camp through 82 regular season games. I remember those postgame locker rooms, especially in the second half of the season. This was…...

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Greetings from the morning skate, where the Avalanche just finished up its session. We could be talking about a playoff team tonight. Or, we could be talking about a team that needs to go to San Jose and maybe have to win something, even if it’s just one point. The scenario: the Avs’ magic number is 1. One point in…...

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Facing a must-win game on home ice against a floundering opponent that had just been eliminated from playoff contention 24 hours earlier, it was a familiar face who manned the net when the Avalanche took the ice tonight. Instead of starting Philipp Grubauer, arguably the hottest goaltender in the NHL over the last two weeks and the man responsible for…...

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Superstars are made in all kinds of different ways. Connor McDavid fights the uphill battle to prove he’s actually human (he swears he is which is exactly what a hockey cyborg would say). P.K. Subban had so much personality his original team felt compelled to move on from him. If a superstar plays for the Florida Panthers, is he even…...

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With college hockey moving into its own March Madness stage upon the announcement of the NCAA tournament bracket Sunday night, it’s the time of year where players from teams whose season is completed begin making decisions on their future. One of those players is Boston University forward Shane Bowers, who was a first round selection by the Ottawa Senators in…...

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When Colorado went through that mid-season slump, the entire point of it became to turn it around before it got too late in the year. Neither goaltender had stepped up and really played like a starting goaltender after essentially skipping December and January. Then it was as if the switch that had flipped off following Colorado’s win over Florida in…...

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Philipp Grubauer sat at his locker stall, sweat pouring out every pore of his body. “You guys should talk to someone else for a few minutes” Grubauer told a couple of reporters standing by the stall, implying that he needed a bit more of a breather before he started to talk. Finally, after a period in which at one point…...

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It’s a good thing the Avalanche are likely done playing in Dallas for the season. Last time they were there, Ben Bishop collided with Gabe Landeskog and ended Landeskog’s regular season. Last night, Mikko Rantanen took a hard hit along the benches and left the ice and did not return to the game. Following the game, head coach Jared Bednar…...

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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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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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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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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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