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In an Avalanche season highlighted by rookie sensation Cale Makar’s fearless dominance and success from all of Joe Sakic’s offseason additions, it’s easy to lose track of Nathan MacKinnon. Take last week’s 7-3 blowout of the conference-leading St. Louis Blues for example. Sam Girard clearly raised his game in an uncharacteristic four-point explosion. The newly-signed defenseman stole the night’s storyline not because he…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – A Tying your career-high in goals and points halfway through the season isn’t a bad start to your Avs career. The goal was a little bit of a gift, but you take them any way you can get them. Important face-off win from him on the Cole goal. Andre Burakovsky – B He had a lot…...

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Welcome to the weekly Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on twitter or respond in the comments.

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – D Bellemare got beaten for a few pucks along the boards on the game-tying goal, as it came to him a few times and he just got it taken off his stick. In late-game situations, you just cannot have that. Andre Burakovsky – D Quiet game from Burakovsky. He had one rush up the ice in…...

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Mark Barberio – D Not a good start for Barberio, as he and Lindholm spent a lot of time pinned in their own end in the first period. He tried to reverse the puck on the only Blackhawks goal, but just put too much on it and it ended up costing the Avs. I did think he settled down after…...

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Welcome to the weekly Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on twitter or respond in the comments. https://twitter.com/tigervixxxen/status/1206344921210220545?s=20 I got a lot of questions around this situation, so I need to touch on it. When it comes to goaltenders, I don’t…...

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Mark Barberio – B I think you have to give credit to Barbs. It’s not easy to come out of the press box like he does. A lot of players are not built for that mentally. He’s come in and been steady when the team has needed too. Picked up an assist on the Nichushkin goal and nearly had his…...

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As part of our Top of the 10s series, we will be releasing daily, round-table style podcasts on different topics surrounding the Denver sports scene in the 2010s. Today, Adam Mares, Nathan Rudolph, and Drew Creasman discuss the arrival, rise, potential and future of Nikola Jokic, Nathan MacKinnon, and Nolan Arenado. Topics include: Their road to Denver First impressions Their ascent…

Mark Barberio – C Barbs was fine tonight. Nothing special overall, and the penalty, as much as Gaudreau embellished it, was a hold. He nearly hit Rantanen backdoor for a goal late in the third but the entire Flames team laid on the puck in the crease. Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B- Solid in his own end, and kept the…...

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Mark Barberio – B I really liked Barbs tonight. He kept it simple and didn’t try to do anything outside of what he’s capable of. I nice read on the Cole goal to make that pass, and I thought he stepped up his game after Makar went down with some nice zone entry denials. Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B+ “Rock…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B+ Bellemare and his line looked really good now that he’s got his long lost brother Matt Calvert back. They pinned the Leafs down low several times and got the Avs momentum whenever they really needed it. The scoring has normalized for Bellemare, but the solid play overall is still there. Matt Calvert – B+ Did…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B Outside of the delay of game late, Bellemare had a solid game overall. There was a scare with him blocking a shot but he seemed to make it okay. A dominant night in the face-off circle, winning 11 of 15. Ian Cole – A Cole has not been perfect on the penalty kill recently, but…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – C+ Bellemare was fairly invisible for the most part, I just had two memories of him in this one, one good and one bad. The bad was the penalty 200 feet from his own net. Those are tough ones to swallow. The good was a beautiful shot block on Patrick Kane alone in the slot after…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – B+ The Avs were a little disjointed in the first period, but Bellemare seemed to be in on half of their scoring chances, including one off a nice feed from Nichushkin. His scoring has kind of gone back to the guy he’s always been in his career, and that’s fine. He crushed it in the face-off…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – C+ The French veteran was clearly not 100%, as you could tell his energy levels were a bit low in this one, but his line, decimated and all, ended up posting strong possession numbers. The only issue with Belly tonight was getting smoked in the face-off circle, something he’s been getting better and better at this…...

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Erik Johnson – C I liked EJ jumping into the play in this one, as his pinches were better timed overall. His defensive game I thought was a little off the mark. One thing I don’t understand, and it could be the coaches choice here, but EJ taking a near three minute shift when the Canucks had their net empty.…...

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Erik Johnson – F EJ picked up an assist after Mike Smith flubbed his shot from the point, but it was a rough one overall. His gaps were far too big against a guy like McDavid, who will eat you alive. He was on the ice for five of the six Edmonton goals. Kevin Connauton – D For me, it…...

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The hits keep coming. The Avalanche held an optional practice on Friday, but the big news of the day came after practice when coach Jared Bednar announced Nikita Zadorov would be out “indefinitely” due to the injury he suffered from taking a puck to the face in Thursday’s blowout victory over Nashville. While Bednar did not confirm the injury itself,…...

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Erik Johnson – A EJ showed tonight he’s still got some offensive goods if he chooses to use them. He gave Watson the old shimmy before going around him and having Donskoi deflect his shot into the net. The first two assists of the season for EJ in this one. Cale Makar – A+ Someone had to set the tone…...

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