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The Scoring Machine Known As Nathan MacKinnon

from Sean Keeler of the Denver Post,

“I don’t think I’m gonna get 50,” MacKinnon, the Avalanche all-star, said quietly when the subject of the big 5-0 — Nimble Nate is on a pace for 51 — was broached.

“Nah. I don’t think I’m gonna get 50.

“I’m a disher. I’m a passer. I’ll get 70 assists but not 50 goals.”

Come again?

“I’m just joking,” MacKinnon continued, less than hour after scoring twice on the hapless Detroit Red Wings to help Colorado close the first half of the season with a 6-3 win. “I don’t know. We’ll see.

“I’ve got to get hot. I’ve only gotten 40 once, so I don’t know. I’m just trying to play my best every night, play at 100 percent and we’ll see what happens out there.”

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Colorado Avalanche Sweater For Their Stadium Series Game

They will be facing the LA Kings on February 15th at Falcon Stadium, U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.



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Jared Bednar Says The Dallas Stars Cheat In The Faceoff Circle

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Dallas Stars’ top forwards are cheaters, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.

“They’ve got veteran centermen in (Joe) Pavelski, (Jamie) Benn, (Tyler) Seguin and they cheat. They cheat on the faceoffs,” Bednar said Wednesday, the day after Dallas used a questionable faceoff to beat the Avs 3-2 in overtime at the Pepsi Center.

To be fair, Bednar insinuated that all NHL teams, including his, try to push the rules to win faceoffs.

“They’re doing a better job of cheating on it than we are,” Bednar said. “We don’t feel like the linesmen we’re doing a good enough job (Tuesday), sort of holding (the respective teams) accountable to make it a level playing field on the faceoffs.”


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Morning Line- Mark Kiszla On The Colorado Avalanche

At this point, Colorado is a team of undeniably Cup-worthy talent but unreliable championship habits.

Yes, this is Nathan MacKinnon’s team. On some nights, when MacK is flying, it seems as if the fate of the entire NHL universe turns on the blade on his skates.

Although nearly as dominant as any MVP candidate can be, MacKinnon cannot carry the Avalanche every minute during the long grind of the regular season. Colorado won’t win 16 playoff games and raise the Stanley Cup without major contributions from his teammates.

Through 46 games, what we’ve seen from the Avalanche is a group still trying to figure each other out and establish an identity sturdy enough to withstand the strain of adversity certain to be encountered during the playoffs. While young defenseman Cale Makar and captain Gabe Landeskog are big talents, a team must win all the little battles and button down every detail in order to win a championship.

-Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post where you can read more on the Avalanche.

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Colorado Avalanche Could Have Interest In Henrik Lundqvist

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Jared Bednar expects goalie Philipp Grubauer to turn it around — just like he did last season. The Avalanche coach believes his No. 1 goalie to begin the season will bounce back from a mid-season funk and re-establish himself as a strength for a playoff-bound team.

But if that doesn’t happen, and the Avs aren’t convinced backup Pavel Francouz can carry the load, they might have a trade option in acquiring future Hall of Fame goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers in a short-term marriage.

Lundqvist, 37, who has yet to hoist the Stanley Cup, is under contract through 2020-21, with an $8.5 million annual cap hit but just a $5.5 million salary next season. His contract would expire when Colorado begins paying big money to Gabe Landeskog and Cale Makar, whose current deals also end next season.


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Way Beyond The Time To End The Broadcast Issue In Denver

from Sean Keeler of the Denver Post,

This town wants — desperately wants — to watch a winner. A winner that has its act together. And here you are, sitting on two of them, young rosters on the climb, dominating in darkness.

If the Stanley Cup Playoffs started Thursday, the Avalanche would’ve been the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. The Nuggets would’ve been the No. 2 seed in the NBA’s Western bracket.

Meanwhile, the Front Range Broadcasting Cold War — Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and Altitude Sports in one corner, Comcast and Dish Networks in the other — is on its fifth month now. And there’s no signs of any serious thaw....

The ones who should be watching Mikko Rantanen thread needles from their living rooms. The ones who chat up their pals at school the next morning about some moves on Fortnite instead of the ones just rocked by Michael Porter Jr. The ones who have to skirt the law to get their fix.

When Connor McDavid takes the ice in Edmonton, the locals chant “M-V-P! M-V-P!”

When Nathan MacKinnon takes the ice here, we chant “V-P-N! V-P-N!”


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Video- Ryan Lindgren Will Have A Hearing Today


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Valeri Nichushkin Is Happy In Denver

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Making eye contact in the locker room seems impossible from afar. And with tribal tattoos attached to his physically imposing 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame, some might think Nichushkin is unapproachable.

But if that were true, the soft-spoken Russian would have to stop being so happy.

Happiness defines Nichushkin these days, although he rarely shows it without working on his English. In a 20-minute interview that was originally declined, Nichushkin, 24, mentioned being happy more than a half-dozen times. His satisfaction stems from resurrecting his NHL career in Colorado, playing a distinct third-line role as one of the club’s five offseason additions at forward that has helped turn the Avs into the NHL’s highest-scoring team and Stanley Cup contender....

Thanks to his strong work ethic, increased ice time and patience from his new club, the Avs have gotten out of Nichushkin what the Dallas Stars could not. Nishushkin, the Stars’ 2013 first-round draft pick (10th overall), had zero goals in 57 games with Dallas last season. He also had zero penalty minutes, which speaks to his skating on eggshells.

“I feel better on the ice, especially after I score first goal. I’m so happy,” Nichushkin told The Post. “All my family is happy. That was the biggest point. Last year, the family, everyone (knew I struggled). I look at my mom and dad and they look not that happy because they worry about me and they know I’m nervous. The year wasn’t good last year. I’m so happy now that I can see more smiles.”


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Video- Good Goal Avs/Devils

via Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com,

With the Devils down 3-1 with 6:11 left in the game, New Jersey goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was upended in the trapezoid as Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert came around the net. The puck spit right out to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who hit the open net with ease, dropping the Devils with a 5-2 loss....

The Devils challenged Bellemare’s goal, saying Calvert interfered with Blackwood. But the contact was ruled incidental, with the officials saying it was initiated by Blackwood when he had his leg out to play the puck.

"They said it's not a penalty," interim coach Alain Nasreddine said. "The (goaltender interference) rule says that the player has to make a reasonable effort to avoid the goalie and we didn't think (Calvert) did so. That's the rule."


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Video- Samuel Girard Fined For Boarding


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