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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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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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SAN JOSE, Calif. – On March 15, the Avalanche lost to the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 at home, and Nikita Zadorov said how the Avs “didn’t deserve it right now” when asked about the playoffs. The Avs looked lifeless, with nothing left but to play out the string on a season gone awry. Saturday morning at the SAP Center here in…...

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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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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

Hello from the practice rink, where the Avs held a fairly brief session at Family Sports Center before heading to the airport to fly to St. Louis. No Mikko Rantanen today again. However, Mikko did take to the ice after practice. Not in skates, but in sneakers, gloves and a stick. And, he did a lot of puck-handling, some of…...

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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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Despite Philipp Grubauer being the hottest goalie in the NHL at the moment (a .980 saves percentage and 0.99 goals-against average in the last five starts), and despite him having a three-year contract and presumably the inside track at being the No. 1 goalie of the Avalanche for the future, there is a strong chance Semyon Varlamov could return to…...

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This will be a tough postmortem to perform, if, as it appears more and more likely, exactly how and why the Avalanche fell apart so badly in the second half of this season and missed the playoffs. I don’t really get it, folks. On Dec. 6, the Avalanche had a 17-7-5 record after a 5-2 win at the BB&T Center…...

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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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For as long as I cover this fine game, I’ll never, ever forget the words of the Avalanche’s first coach, Marc Crawford, during that unforgettable 1995-96 season. “Your best players have to be your best players,” Crow often said. So simple, eh? Hockey is an incredibly complex game I think, with so many nuances. And yet, it always comes down…...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Well, they got a point. But they also lost a key point. Let’s do the individual grades from another Avs OT loss, this time to the Washington Capitals. Mikko Rantanen (B) – He scored a nice goal that cut Washington’s lead to 3-2, and I thought he had the game won in OT, when he fired a rocket…...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This day, like most every other day for the Colorado Avalanche the last two months, unfolded the same way. A peppery sense of optimism characterized the dressing room after the morning skate. Semyon Varlamov joked around with TV man Marc Moser, doing stretches just outside the room. Jared Bednar spoke of how he liked his team’s leadership core…...

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Allie Monroy and Jesse Montano discuss the Colorado Avalanche recent slump, the 2019 All-Star game and more!...

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Well, how’s everyone doin’ tonight? If you’re a fan of the Colorado Avalanche, you’re pretty god damned good right now. You’re a fan of the team with the most dominant line in hockey. You are a fan of Three-Headed Monster member Mikko Rantanen, who is the hottest Finnish export to the U.S. since pickled herring. You’re a fan of a team…...

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