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Morning Line- Nick Foligno

“What can you say? Look what (Bobrovsky) did tonight. The saves and the poise – he’s our leader back there. When he’s playing like that, we feel so confident. We don’t want to make mistakes, but when we do he’s there to back us up. We have full confidence in him knowing he is such a competitor.”

-Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets on goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.  More on the suddenly hot (five game winning streak) from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers.

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It’s Tough In Denver Right Now

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Colorado is injury-plagued, with six third- and fourth-line forwards out of the lineup. But the six who make up the top two lines are intact and couldn't get it done in front of Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.

"We didn't have nearly enough. We have to generate more," Avs center Matt Duchene said. " 'Picks' gave us a chance to win. We gave ourselves a chance to win by the way we played defensively and how we penalty killed. The goose egg is on the board for a reason. It's tough right now. That's a game that takes the wind out of your sails."

The Avs hit iron beside Rinne three times, but didn't have enough bodies around the Predators' goalie at other times.

With Pickard pulled for a sixth attacker during a stretch late in regulation, Gabriel Bourque and James Neal scored empty-net goals to clinch it for the visitors.

The Avs only generated 15 shots after two periods.

more on the game...

Even a players only meeting earlier this week didn't help.

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Semyon Varlamov Has A “Groin Problem”

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Following the morning skate Tuesday, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said goalie Semyon Varlamov would miss a "couple weeks" after an MRI detected a "groin problem" on Monday.

"That's all I can say for now," Roy added.

Rookie Calvin Pickard will start Tuesday night against the visiting Nashville Predators after being called up from the minors Monday, shortly after practice when Varlamov injured his groin for the third time this season.


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A History Of Bad Drafting by The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avs, in fact, have just six of their own draft picks on the roster, and only two selected outside the first round: forward Ryan O'Reilly (second round, 2009) and defenseman Tyson Barrie (third, 2009). The other Colorado-drafted players are top-three overall picks Matt Duchene (2009), Gabe Landeskog (2011) and Nathan MacKinnon (2013) — who were tabbed as future stars before their drafts — plus Alex Tanguay (1998), who has played for three other teams before returning to the Avs.

Which explains why Sakic and Roy recently fired head amateur scout Rick Pracey after a summer's worth of adding depth free agents to stock the big-league roster as well as their minor-league affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. The Avs declined to address Pracey's firing, but his poor draft results outside the no-brainer top-three picks and the O'Reilly and Barrie selections wholeheartedly support the move.

Fact is, the only mid- or late-round Colorado pick to make a dent with the Avs was 2008 fifth-rounder Mark Olver, who is now playing in Russia at age 26. That's a small dent. And even some of the premier picks haven't panned out. Former first-rounders Joey Hishon (2010) and Duncan Siemens (2011) appear to be mistakes, and second-rounders Cameron Guance and Peter Delmas ( both 2008), Stefan Elliott (2009) and Mitchell Heard (2012) are shaping up similarly.

more with a comparison between the Avs and Oilers when it comes to the draft...

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Colorado Avalanche Players React To 6-2 To The Winnipeg Jets

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

What was a 2-1 game late in the second period quickly turned into a fight-marred third period between the Central Division rivals who will meet again Thursday night in Denver. The Jets scored late in the second period and twice early in the third period to chase Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov, who allowed five goals on 30 shots.

"We just got outplayed from puck drop to final buzzer tonight by a team that's ahead of us. They just wanted it more than us, I guess. I don't know why," said Avalanche center Matt Duchene. "At some point we have to be men about this and realize it's not like baseball, where there is 162 games. We're almost at 30 now, halfway through, and we have to figure it out fast."...

"We go into the third and we're still feeling good and our line, we have an (awful) first shift and they score two on us right away and all of a sudden it's 5-1. It's unacceptable," said Avs captain Gabe Landeskog. "We're all going to need to dig a heck of a lot deeper than this because this is not good enough, what's happening now. We all want this so bad, and we're all working, but we're all in different directions right now. We're not working together."

more on the game...

Below, watch some of the 'chippy' play from the 3rd period...

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The Bottom Line Is The Colorado Avalanche Lost To The Chicago Blackhawks

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Avs lose 3-2, on a late Bryan Bickell goal. I interviewed him earlier in the day, and told him to enjoy the goal he would score in the game, because almost every single time I interview an opposing player on the day of a game, they score a goal. I mean, it’s spooky. So, you can blame me for the loss I guess.

The Avs blamed the referees for the loss too. Patrick Roy and Alex Tanguay both verbalized their displeasure in the disparity in power-play time (almost 10 minutes to less than three minutes). Do I think the Avs got jobbed by the refs too? A little, yeah, but the best team won tonight. That’s the bottom line.

But the Blackhawks should have won. They were a rested, healthy team playing a team missing TEN regular players, one that played the night before on the road. So, congrats on a one-goal win I guess.

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Watch Patrick Roy post-game below...

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The Colorado Avalanche Have Won Four Out Of Five Games

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We've asked before, but is this finally the turnaround the Colorado Avalanche have been waiting for?

The Avs rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night, their fourth win in five games. For the second straight game, goalie Reto Berra was pulled in favor of Calvin Pickard, and just like Saturday night versus Carolina, Pickard backstropped the Avs to the comeback win.

Daniel Briere's overtime goal was a lucky one, his centering pass going off Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, but you figure the Avs are due a few breaks after what has been an incredibly tough opening two months. Are they on the road back? We shall see.

read on for Burnside on the Stars and Strang on Flames/Ducks...

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Reto Berra Not Living Up To Expectations In Denver

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

His often-shaky play has done little to quiet the fears that Colorado made mistakes both when it acquired him at the trading deadline on March 5 from Calgary, and — perhaps even more important — signed him to a three-year, $4.35-million contract extension only nine days later....

Berra has had solid games this season, and at least didn't reprise his shaky showings in his cameo appearances down the stretch last season. But with Varlamov out, this is his latest chance to win over the skeptics, and so far, he's failing. After Roy pulled him when Carolina took a 3-1 lead late in the first period Saturday night, Pickard shut out the Hurricanes the rest of the way in a 4-3 Colorado victory.

Berra's save percentage is below the Astrom Line, at .895, his goals-against average is 3.16.

Also at stake here is Avalanche organizational goaltender evaluation credibility. And that's a very strange thing to have to say about a team that has Roy as its head coach and Francois Allaire, renowned if occasionally a bit controversial as a goaltending whisperer, as its goaltending coach.

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Video- Alex Tanguay Takes A Puck To His Face

Patrick Roy said post-game Tanguay will be evaluated on Friday.


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