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Video- Joachim Blichfeld’s Match Penalty Hit On Nathan MacKinnon

via a tweet from Mike Chambers,

"I saw him coming off the ice. He was in the hallway. He seems to be doing good. I think that we get lucky on it. Hopefully, he's feeling good and everything tomorrow but as of right now he seems to be fine" -- Jared Bednar on Nathan MacKinnon

 

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A Backup Goalie Needed In Denver

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche enters the most strenuous part of its condensed schedule somewhat thin at the position. Colorado completes this month with consecutive games Friday and Saturday at the Arizona Coyotes, then plays 17 games in 31 days of March.

Goalie Philipp Grubauer, who is among the NHL leaders in wins (nine), goals-against average (1.78) and save percentage (.932), could conceivably play every game if he remains healthy. But the Avs surely won’t allow that to happen. Taxing Grubauer at this time of the regular season is simply not an option, and it appears backup Pavel Francouz will remain on long-term injury reserve (LTIR) for the foreseeable future — if not the entire season.

“Francouz .. he’s out indefinitely. It’s going to be long-term,” Avs coach Jared Bednar told me.

Francouz, who has not played this season, has put a giant crack in the Avs’ armor. Every hockey team needs two capable goalies — particularly this year in the NHL — and Colorado isn’t deep and highly unproven behind its top two.

So what are the Avs’ options? If they don’t trade for an experienced goalie, they have no proven option.

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Colorado Games Postponed At Least Through February 11th

NEW YORK (Feb. 4, 2021) -- The National Hockey League announced today that Colorado Avalanche games have been postponed at least through Feb. 11 as a result of Players recently entering the NHL’s COVID Protocols. The decision was made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Health who determined that more caution was warranted while the parties are analyzing test results in the coming days.

The team’s training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed until further notice. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Avalanche regular season schedule and it is expected that a decision on next week’s games will be made in the coming days. The Colorado organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.

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Not A Good Injury Update For The Colorado Avalanche

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Colorado Trades Ian Cole To Minnesota For Greg Pateryn

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Greg Pateryn from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Ian Cole.

Pateryn, 30, has recorded two points (0g/2a) in three games for the Minnesota Wild so far this season. After undergoing surgery on Oct. 1, 2019, Pateryn made his 2019-20 season debut on Jan. 12, 2020 against Vancouver and played in 20 contests for Minnesota during the regular season, tallying three points (0g/3a). He recorded a career-best, three-game point/assist streak from Feb. 25-28, 2020. The Sterling Heights, Michigan, native missed the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs due to an upper-body injury.

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The Colorado Avalanche Could Use Some Toughness

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

They lack a deterrent — a guy who can lead his teammates into the fight. And in this Original Six-type season that has Colorado playing the Blues and Knights eight times apiece — plus possibly in a seven-game playoff series — team toughness is paramount.

“In the case of the Avalanche, you’re going to have some pretty contentious games with the Vegas Golden Knights and the St. Louis Blues, because they seem to be the clear top-three teams in that division,” NHL Network analyst E.J. Hradek told me. “And they’re going to see each other in the first two rounds of the playoffs, so there’s going to be even more meetings with those teams.”...

Here’s an idea: The Avs should unleash top-size power forwards Gabe Landeskog and Nazem Kadri. Yes, they want Landeskog and Kadri to score goals and make plays — not fight and potentially break a hand or an orbital bone.

But this highly talented team can’t have it both ways. It can’t forget about the blood-and-guts toughness every Stanley Cup winner must possess.

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A ‘Lazy’ Loss For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Opening its 25th-anniversary season at home with a new uniform ensemble didn’t go well for the Avalanche on Wednesday.

Those Stanley Cup expectations might have gone to Colorado’s collective heads.

“We just got outworked,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said.

The St. Louis Blues, those proud 2019 Stanley Cup champions, dominated the first period and scored twice in the third to skate away with a relatively easy 4-1 victory at Ball Arena.

“We just didn’t have enough guys compete tonight,” Bednar said. “Right from the start, not ready to go. Lazy habits, hoping it was going to be easier than what it was. It showed.”

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Game highlights are below.

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Is Colorado’s Goaltending Good Enough?

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

It’s Stanley Cup or bust. Anything less than a championship for the Avalanche won’t be good enough.

And this time, for the first time in a long time, the Avs really mean it.

“We expect to compete for the Stanley Cup. At the end of the year, we want to hoist that over our heads,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said Tuesday, on the eve of the home-opener against St. Louis....

“We feel we have as good a shot as anybody else in the league,” Sakic said.

But here’s my concern: For the Avalanche to hoist the Cup, does Sakic need to pay tribute to his mentor and make one more blockbuster move to solidify the most important position on the ice? The Avs need a goaltender with stand-on-his-head, can’t-believe-he-made-that-save, playoff-game-stealing bona fides.

“We really believe we have two really good goalies,” Sakic said.

I respectfully disagree....

“Patrick Roy. One of the best ever. In my mind, the best to ever play that position. So we were spoiled,” Sakic said.

While there are myriad ways to measure the holy-moly greatness of St. Patrick, these are the two stats that are still crazy after all these years: Roy was the goalie of record in mind-boggling 81 playoff victories for the Avalanche, and in the team’s two championship runs, his 2.04 goals-against average was so stellar I had to check twice to make certain it wasn’t a misprint. His presence alone nearly ensured Colorado would be competitive in every postseason series.

Can the same be said with Philipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz?

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The NHL Announces Two Games At Lake Tahoe

NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced a new event for the 2020-21 regular season, the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe™, which will feature two regular-season outdoor games along the south shore of North America’s largest alpine lake, on the border of California and Nevada, in Stateline, Nev. Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday will showcase the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 20. Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday will feature the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins on Feb. 21. Both games will be broadcast at 3 p.m. ET on NBC in the United States and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Both games will be played without spectators.

NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe™ continues the tradition the League established of staging outdoor games during the regular season, with the upcoming games in February marking the 31st and 32nd such events since 2003.

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