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Avalanche face Vancouver Canucks Tuesday at Rogers Arena

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Avalanche player grades from win over Buffalo

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Avalanche locker-room audio.

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Greetings from the media room of the Pepsi Center, where the Avalanche will host the white-hot Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m. I’m hearing it’ll be a good crowd tonight, so plan ahead. The only lineup news is this: Nail Yakupov is back in, and Gabriel Bourque is back out. For Yak, it’ll be his first game since Dec. 5,…...

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Hello from the press room of the Pepsi Center. Avs host the Devils, the Devils, the Devils! tonight, 7 p.m., be there or not be there. A couple of news items from the skate: Nail Yakupov gets a top-line left wing assignment tonight, replacing Sven Andrighetto, who moves to the fourth line. Yak will skate with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko…...

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Joel Quenneville, when he coached the Colorado Avalanche, always used to say, “If you don’t score on your 5-on-3, you don’t win the hockey game.” For about the first 54 minutes of Sunday’s Avs game in Detroit at (this will never seem right in saying) Little Caesar’s Arena, Coach Q’s old bromide looked as big a lock as anything said…...

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PHILADELPHIA – Forget the flowery prose. Sometimes you just gotta say, “What a game” and leave it at that. For those who like their hockey as if the ice is a see-saw, with momentum flowing back and forth with every proverbial push off the ground, Saturday’s Colorado Avalanche game here against the Philadelphia Flyers was for you. The Avs got the…...

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Nail Yakupov was laughing and joking with teammates Monday morning, even doing a bit of prancing. At one point, the Russian winger did a “Hans and Franz” muscle pose, drawing guffaws from countryman Semyon Varlamov. A few nights ago, Yak wasn’t so jovial. He was benched for the entire third period of a Colorado Avalanche loss to St. Louis, his…...

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He was moved to a new position and told by the coach he needed to be harder on the puck. On a night when Jared Bednar ripped into a couple of “passengers” who “didn’t show up to play”, Alexander Kerfoot was exempt, doing just what was asked of him in Thursday’s tough 4-3 Colorado Avalanche loss to St. Louis. Kerfoot…...

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(Due to technical issues at the site, Tuesday’s article couldn’t be posted until today and does not reflect any information from the Nashville game. Likewise, all statistical information is based on numbers as of Tuesday morning.) The rollicking roller coaster ride with the Colorado Avalanche continued into the second full week of NHL hockey, chock full of thrills, chills and…...

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I’ve always cast a hairy eyeball on forwards changing positions. If one spent most of one’s hockey-playing life at one position, chances are that’s where one will best thrive now and in the future. The fact that Colorado Avalanche forward Alexander Kerfoot has been moved from left wing to center might make you suspect I’m not high on this move,…...

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It was hard to believe Nail Yakupov had just come off the ice after being named the first star of the game following his two-point performance drove the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in their home opener. Before speaking, he took a long swig from the protein concoction the training staff provides all players after…...

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It actually went in off his leg, but nobody has to know that from the score sheet. Short side, bottle knocker? Go with that. Deke between three guys, through the 5-hole on the backhand? Sure, why not? However it went in, Alexander Kerfoot was just glad it did. The Ivy Leaguer, in his first game on home ice in his…...

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The Colorado Avalanche launched into the new season with all the energy of a wild roller coaster, full of chills, thrills, combined with moments of sheer panic offset by sheer joy. In a word, the first week of Avalanche hockey has been – fun. It’s been awhile since Avalanche fans got to watch fun hockey, but it looks promising. Of…...

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With a few snips of the scissors, Mark Barberio went from heavy metal to high and tight. For those Colorado Avalanche fans who grooved on Barberio’s long, flowing mane last season, sorry. Most of it wound up on the floor of some barbershop out there this summer. “Just a new look, you know? Changing things up a little,” Barberio said.…...

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Good morning from the Pepsi Center, where the C0lorado Avalanche will play another game that doesn’t count tonight, against the Dallas Stars. The big news? Matt Duchene will be in the lineup (pictured above), likely on a line with Alex Kerfoot and Nail Yakupov. It will be interesting to see how the crowd greets Duchene tonight, eh? I’m sure he’ll…...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB2TRwIQ0HM Hello from Magness Arena, where a Zamboni is out there right now resurfacing the ice following the Colorado Avalanche annual Burgundy-White game. This, after J.T. Compher wiped the competition on the same ice Sunday. Compher, no question about it, was the No. 1 star of the game. He scored two goals – one a hard-to-the-net rebound putback against a…...

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Sitting next to countryman Semyon Varlamov, joking and laughing in their Russian tongue, newcomer Nail Yakupov doesn’t look like a man on his third team in three years and on what might be the last gasp of his NHL career. The playful demeanor from the Colorado Avalanche forward has eroded the trademark stoicism of his netminder teammate and brought some…...

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The Colorado Avalanche released its training camp roster Thursday, as the players met with the media for the first time in the 2017-18 season. As seen below, the roster includes center Matt Duchene, who was expected to be traded over the summer but still remains with the team. Duchene chose not to answer questions from the media and instead issued…...

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Yakupov's journey to Colorado has been a bumpy ride. What can the Avs expect from him on- and off- the ice?

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