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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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Avalanche shake up lines prior to game with Blackhawks

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly from the last week of Colorado Avalanche hockey.

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It used to be that the Colorado Avalanche had something of an inferiority complex, or so it seemed, playing the Minnesota Wild. The Avs, after all, have lost twice to the Wild in seven-game playoff series (2003 and 2014), both on home ice. If a playoff series were held today between the Avs and Wild, Minnesota would hold home-ice advantage....

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Some brief locker-room audio for tonight. Most of the crowd was mobbed around Duncan Siemens, with his first goal and all, but we already did the definitive piece earlier in the day on Siemens, so I focused on a couple others. First up, Mikko Rantanen, talking about the win and also his great pass to set up Tyson Barrie for…...

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Colorado Avalanche hosted the Calgary Flames Wednesday night

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The Colorado Avalanche careened through their three-game Canadian road swing as their roller-coaster season continued to bring plenty of Good, Bad and Ugly for the week. Because of the nature of the road trip, TGBU will break with tradition, and cover the elephant in the room first. THE UGLY 1. Nathan MacKinnon’s injury midway through the Vancouver Canucks game can only be…...

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba – It’s minus-42 degrees here in Winnipeg tonight, with the wind chill factor. Seriously. Almost as cold (rim shot please) was the Colorado Avalanche offense. Avs lose 3-0, to finish up a 2-3-1 road trip. When you can’t score on a 2-on-zero break-in, like Matt Nieto and Gabriel Bourque had tonight, you know it’s probably not your night. The…...

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The Winnipeg Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night at Bell MTS Place.

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Matt Nieto went from Southern California beaches to NHL ice

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The Colorado Avalanche continue to streak but the fans don't need to.

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The Colorado Avalanche dug deep this past week and ended up with a respectable .500 week. They dug a deep hole during their disappointing homestand, finished it off with an unexpected loss to the struggling Buffalo Sabres, then took their show on the road where they dug out of their disastrous homestand and went on to win two of three…...

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SUNRISE, FLA. – The Colorado Avalanche snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday night at the BB&T Center (formerly known as National Car Rental Center, Office Depot Center and BankAtlantic Center) with a 7-3 drubbing of the Florida Panthers. The Avs played 11 forwards, seven defensemen and one goalie. How did they fare? Let’s take a look… Gabe Landeskog (B) – He played…...

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The Colorado Avalanche played three very different games last week; coming from behind to beat the Dallas Stars, losing in an early Halloween horror show matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights and then a dominant win over the Chicago Blackhawks. There’s plenty of Avalanche action to cover in this week’s Good, Bad and Ugly, along with a little Trick or…...

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The Colorado Avalanche bent but did not break in the third period, and a Matt Nieto hat trick capped off a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars. How did each player perform?  Let’s find out… Sven Andrighetto (D) – The top line struggled against the Stars big line, and mistakes cost them. Andrighetto turned it over to Benn prior to Benn’s…...

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Following three straight losses, the Colorado Avalanche were facing one of those games early in the season that helps develop a team’s identity. Last year’s squad approached losing streaks with complacency, allowing three-game skids to turn into five-plus game slides. Determined not to do that, the Avalanche came into tonight’s contest against the visiting Dallas Stars and spit some fire…...

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Turns out Tyson Jost didn’t escape that scary collision into the boards unscathed after all. The Avalanche forward will not play Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks with a hyperextended left knee, along with a bone bruise. He won’t play Saturday night in Dallas, either. The better news, though: Jost should be back on the practice ice Monday, and could…...

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NEWARK, N.J. – It’s such a simple concept; when a puck comes on your stick and you’re a man short as a team, get it out of your zone. Whack it, hack it, slap it, thwap it – do whatever it damn well takes to get it out of your zone. So why, after two games, do members of the…...

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NEW YORK – That’s why people haven’t given up on Nail Yakupov just yet. That’s why Matt Duchene wasn’t just given away on the trading block. And, THAT’S WHY the Avalanche protected Semyon Varlamov in the NHL Expansion draft, not Calvin Pickard, folks. On a day when the Vegas Golden Knights put Pickard on waivers, Varlamov made Colorado Avalanche general…...

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