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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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In the latest installment of the Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy talk about the Avs’ wild and woolly two games at the Pepsi Center, and look ahead to Game 5 in Calgary and a potential close-out game. Do the Avs have what it takes to close the deal? Adrian and Allie discuss. https://youtu.be/3XMfYBKTA3c

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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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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Well, that sucked. Instead of re-hashing the events of last night, let’s just get to it. There will be no Hughes or Kakko in Colorado. Harsh, universe. 1. New Jersey Devils – Jack Hughes, C, USNTDP (USHL) The Devils have a heavy USA Hockey presence and they’re going to be all about adding to their center depth with Hughes. Nico…...

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It took 514 days but Avalanche fans woke up last week finally not giving a damn about the Ottawa Senators. A lot has happened in that time. Ottawa went from an expected playoff team to a league doormat and the Avalanche flipped the script on a 48-point season to consecutive playoff seasons. When Matt Duchene was finally (mercifully?) traded in…...

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Insistent on taking the easy way out, the Avalanche put their playoff hopes in the hands of their penalty kill in the final 1:26 of regulation last night. Tied 2-2 with the Winnipeg Jets, Colorado inexplicably had six skaters on the ice and were called for having too many men on the ice. In order to get to OT and…...

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Uncut audio from Colorado’s huge 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets. The Avalanche clinched a playoff berth by getting to overtime and then won the second point simply because they could. Below is audio from a couple of the players after the game. First up is Erik Johnson, the longest tenured Av right now and a player who missed…...

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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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In the latest “Avalanche Weekly Breakdown”, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss the amazing fact that the Avs have almost clinched a playoff spot. Also up for discussion: Why Semyon Varlamov might have played his last game as an Av, and: who would the Avs most likely play in the first round? https://youtu.be/iQrrikTleX4

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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For a team hounded by questions of secondary scoring all season, the Avalanche lost Gabe Landeskog in the final minutes of a game they were shutout in. They responded to the 4-0 loss in Dallas by defying the playoff odds and making a run for the postseason even as their captain sat on the sideline watching. That time appears have…...

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Injuries are always part of the story of a team’s season. Luckily for the Avalanche, they haven’t been a huge part of the problem this season until the very end. While Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen continue to nurse ailments, Matt Nieto is making his return to the lineup tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights. Nieto broke a bone 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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