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Matt Duchene Trade Analyzed

Matt Duchene Trade Analyzed

November 4th, 2018 At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, expectations were high for the Nashville Predators and the Ottawa Senators. The Predators were just coming off of their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final and the Senators were one goal away from meeting them there, taking the Pittsburgh Penguins...
Avalanche's Top Line Keys Hot Start

Avalanche's Top Line Keys Hot Start

November 1st, 2018 Coach Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche tried an experiment a little over a year ago which paid off big for the team. Instead of spreading out his scoring talent, Bednar elected to throw this top players together to see what would happen. Fortunately for Bednar and the Avalanche,...

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October 20th, 2018
Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche continue to spin the wheel of the roster carousel, tinkering with their bottom forward line combinations in hopes of striking gold. Everyone knows that Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen are heading the Avalanche scoring train. But the Avs entered the season in search of secondary scoring, solid defensive pairings and the perfect one-two punch in net. Head coach Jared Bednar continues to experiment with players to find the optimal combinations in any given situation and injuries have played their part in player usage. So far, the Avalanche have run out the same lineup only twice in seven games. In six games, they have had different combinations of players. Rookies Kamenev & Dries Aim to Stay The Avalanche started the season icing Sheldon Dries on the fourth line. The 24-year-old rookie brought some jump to the position but averaged only 6:20 in ice time per game and about a half a minute a night on the penalty kill. He worked most...
October 16th, 2018
News

The Colorado Avalanche picked up Marko Dano off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday morning, fulfilling several bad Hawaii 5-0 puns. The acquisition presents some interesting questions for the Avalanche organization, especially when considering Dano’s experience. https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/1051865742679785473 Meet Marko Dano Dano is a 23-year-old center who played 23 games for the Winnipeg Jets last year. He was born in Austria but grew up playing hockey in Slovakia and stands 5-foot-11  while weighing 212 pounds. He scored two goals and an assist for the Jets last year while earning a minus-two and six penalty minutes. But that doesn’t tell you much about how he plays. The Jets are a deep team so the competition for ice time is steep. He averaged only 7:11 of playing time per game, comparable to the ice time of current Avalanche call-up Vladislav Kamenev. He managed to play 160:20 at even strength out of 165:18 total ice time last year. While he’s...
October 13th, 2018
Colorado Avalanche

Welcome to the first installment of the Colorado Avalanche Weekly Roundup, where you can read about the highlights and lowlights from the past week paired with a fair dose of commentary. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! The Colorado Avalanche launched into the season with some exciting play, winning their first two games at home before earning a split on the road. So what stood out? Offense – MacKinnon & Rantanen Lead in Scoring 1) The Avalanche scored 17 goals in four games. The only Western Conference team with more goals? The Chicago Blackhawks. (no really!)  The Avalanche actually rank fourth in the NHL. So, scoring doesn’t look to be a problem, unless they are playing the Columbus Blue Jackets. 2) If anyone wondered if Nathan MacKinnon would be able to repeat his Hart finalist performance, he’s off to a great start. MacKinnon’s 23 shots on goal places him second in the league. He has scored five goals and picked up an assist in the first four...
October 2nd, 2018
Previews and Predictions

The Colorado Avalanche enter the upcoming season battling for respect. Yes, they made the playoffs last season but that hasn’t improved speculation on the upcoming season. Of 17 NHL.com panelists, only five thought the Avalanche would make the postseason, and that was as a wild card team. Of course, at the beginning of last season, most expected the Avalanche to improve their point total but still remain cellar dwellers, which didn’t happen. Colorado merely used the negative expectations to feed their competitive fire and bounced back from a dismal 48-point campaign of 2016-17 to earn 95 points in the 2017-18 season, nearly doubling their point total. The Avalanche start this season with an even greater hunger for success and a bit of a chip on their shoulder "I still think we are trying to prove ourselves," said Nathan MacKinnon at the start of training camp. Entering the 2018-19 season, the Avalanche intend to build on last season’s success and push for a deeper...

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NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Penguins, Rantanen, More

In today's rumor rundown, many NHL insiders think the Pittsburgh Penguins are still contemplating moves, the Colorado Avalanche are realizing they have an important decision coming with their top-scoring forward and the Maple Leafs have set the asking price for William Nylander. Penguins Just... November 15th, 2018

Jets' Power Past Avalanche - Wheeler Contributes 5

WINNIPEG — Blake Wheeler scored an empty-net goal and added four assists as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 victory on Friday. Wheeler extended his point streak to nine games (two goals, 15 assists). His 18 assists this season ... November 9th, 2018

Matt Duchene Trade Analyzed

At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, expectations were high for the Nashville Predators and the Ottawa Senators. The Predators were just coming off of their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final and the Senators were one goal away from meeting them there, taking the Pittsburgh Penguins... November 4th, 2018

Avalanche's Top Line Keys Hot Start

Coach Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche tried an experiment a little over a year ago which paid off big for the team. Instead of spreading out his scoring talent, Bednar elected to throw this top players together to see what would happen. Fortunately for Bednar and the Avalanche,... November 1st, 2018