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Video- Ian Cole Hit On Evgeny Kuznetsov

via TSN,

Ian Cole was given a five minute major for his hit on Evgeny Kuznetsov in the third period before his fight with Tom Wilson. Should Cole get any additional discipline? How does Wilson's reaction affect the Caps room? Mike Johnson has more.

Watch the hit and fight below.

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The Colorado Avalanche Get A Big Point In Loss To The Washington Capitals

from Harvey Valentine at NHL.com,

Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Colin Wilson scored, and Gabriel Landeskog had two assists for Colorado (22-22-9), which has lost five straight and 15 of its past 18 (3-12-3). Varlamov made 38 saves.

"We were doing some good things and then we get kind of tangled up in the corner and lose a puck at the end of it," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "So it's definitely a big point to get. It's also a big point to lose, but it's definitely something to build on, I think. It should give our team a little confidence."

Rantanen cut it to 3-2 at 5:10 of the third period on a shot from the slot, and Wilson tied it 3-3 with 2:07 remaining when his shot from a sharp angle deflected in off Copley's stick.

"It's a big point," Landeskog said. "But at this point, we're looking for wins, not points."


Highlights of the Avs 4-3 OT loss to the Capitals can be watched below.

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Blame Joe Sakic?

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

“In the big picture, we’d love to make the playoffs,” Sakic said, when I pressed him on if he would make a deal to help Colorado make the playoffs.

“But you don’t want to slow down the building process. … I will not give up top picks and top prospects, because we’re going to need them. We’re in a salary cap era, and you’re going to need those players coming into your system. If there’s something that’s going to help us get in the playoffs, we’ll do that, but it won’t be at the cost of our top prospects or high picks.”...

We expect a lot of our heroes around here, don’t we?

Well, unless your name is Super Joe....

Since taking control of hockey affairs in 2013, his team has failed to win a playoff series. Sakic, however, is the king of his own little fiefdom at the Pepsi Center....

Sakic preaches patience, suggesting good times ahead. It’s true that defensive prospect Cale Makar is ripping it up at the NCAA level. And Colorado might hit the draft lottery, landing No. 1 pick Jack Hughes, as the result of a savvy trade Sakic made with Ottawa.

“We love what’s coming and what’s going on here,” Sakic said. “It’s a process, and we’re not going to deviate from that plan.”

The process is only as good as the man in charge of it.

Do you trust Joe? Or no?


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Afternoon Line- Jared Clinton

Since Nov. 29, the day after the defeat of the Penguins, the Avalanche have won only seven games and have accumulated just 18 points, fewer than any other team in the NHL, including the last-place favorite Ottawa Senators, the sliding Buffalo Sabres and even the Anaheim Ducks, who began a 12-game losing streak in mid-December and didn’t end it until mid-January. And because of this tumble down the standings, the once-Central Division and Western Conference contending Avalanche are waking up Monday morning two points outside of the second wild-card spot in the conference. Worse yet, two much hotter clubs, the resurgent St. Louis Blues and inexplicable Arizona Coyotes, are a mere two points shy of leapfrogging Colorado in the race for the final wild-card berth.

-Jared Clinto of The Hockey News where you can read more on the Avs.

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Dallas, Nashville, Colorado And Los Angeles Will Play In The Outdoor Games Next Season

SAN JOSE (Jan. 25, 2019) – The National Hockey League announced today that the Dallas Stars will face-off against the Nashville Predators in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. Earlier this month, the NHL announced that the Dallas Stars would host the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on Jan. 1, 2020; today the League announced the Predators as the Stars’ opponent for the outdoor game.  

The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will mark the first NHL regular-season outdoor game for both the Stars and the Predators. The game continues the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year, with the 2020 edition marking the 12-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic in Buffalo.

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Video- The Colorada Avalanche Scored 6 Goals In The Middle Frame Against The LA Kings

Avs have a comfortable 7-0 lead in the 3rd period.


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Video- An Unhappy Nathan MacKinnon On The Colorado Bench Last Night

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Nathan MacKinnon was not a happy camper after his team gave up a late goal to the Flames, seemingly saying to his coach, “Do your job.”

I did try to find additional information on this without success.  The Denver Post did not have a reporter on scene, instead goind with an AP game story, the Avs website posted Jared Bedner post-game, he did not address it and the Calgary newspapers had nothing on the incident.

The Avs lost the game 5-3.


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Video- Montreal Canadiens Disagree On Game Winning Goal By The Colorado Avalanche

from Matt Cudzinowski of Canadiens.com,

 What did Carey Price think of Gabriel Landeskog's game-winning tally on Wednesday night being declared a good goal after video review?

"I disagree with the call," said Price, following a 2-1 loss to the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. "You get your abilities impeded when you make the move towards the puck, I think it's pretty clear. They had a different opinion on the contact, but that's what it is."...

Like Price, head coach Claude Julien was frustrated with the League's decision that there was no goaltender interference on the play.

During his postgame press conference, the veteran bench boss insisted that if Landeskog hadn't come into contact with his starter, the contest would have remained deadlocked at one goal apiece at that point in time.

"It's 50-50 [when a goal is reviewed]. We don't really know what's good and what's not. We see the same thing, one game it counts and one game it doesn't," said Julien. "It's tough to figure out, but all I know is their player hit our goaltender first, and if he didn't hit him, I can guarantee that Carey would have seen the puck. It's tough, but that's the situation we're in right now in the NHL."

read on for more on the game.

Below, watch the goal in question.

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How’s This For A Top Line?

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche’s top line of center Nathan MacKinnon and wingers Mikko Rantanen and Gabe Landeskog enter Monday’s game against the New York Islanders with a combined 148 points, the most for an NHL line through 33 games since Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis amassed 203 for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995-96.

In addition to Lemieux — who is considered one of the top-five players of all-time — Colorado’s dynamic trio also has ties to the “Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, and three-time Stanley Cup-winning captain Sidney Crosby of the Penguins.

Rantanen leads the league with 56 points and MacKinnon is second with 52. They are the fifth set of teammates since 1981-82 to become the first NHL players to reach 50 points in a season, joining Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (2009-10), Lemieux and Jagr (1995-96), Gretzky and Glenn Anderson (1985-86) and Gretzky and Jari Kurri (1983-84).


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More Consistent Goaltending Needed In Colorado

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

We are dazzled by the artistry of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog, but here in Colorado, it’s difficult to sleep easy, because of the monster under the bed.

Semyon Varlamov makes it impossible to take the Avalanche seriously as a Stanley Cup contender.

For the second game in a row, Varly was yanked from goal, during a 6-4 loss to Edmonton.

In his consecutive starts against the Oilers and Florida, Varlamov has surrendered eight goals on 41 shots in a little more than 61 minutes of labor in goal so arduous it was painful to watch.

When Varly is good, he’s very, very good. But when he’s bad, the Avs are horrid.


Game highlights below.

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