Avs Mailbag: Who will benefit most from time off before NHL playoffs?

Denver Post sports writer Mike Chambers responds to questions in the Avs Mailbag every other week during the regular season.  Pose an Avalanche- or NHL-related question for the Avs Mailbag. As we approach the possibility of continuing the NHL season, I’d love to see some analysis of which teams benefited the most from this extended
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Star assessments: Evaluating the Avalanche’s top players in 2019-20

Avalanche superstar Nathan MacKinnon is beyond a three-star player. If there were a fourth star, he would have it. And teammates Cale Makar and Ryan Graves, among others, are perhaps equally as important to a club that flirted with the Western Conference regular-season championship before the coronavirus pandemic halted the season. To help fill the
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Chambers: Avs playing host to Blues on April 4 regular-season finale could be fantastic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Something fabulous will unfold April 4. The Stanley Cup playoffs could start on a Saturday afternoon in the Pepsi Center. The St. Louis Blues, defending Cup champions, will close out the regular season against the Avalanche in Denver on April 4. And at the rate they’re moving, this game could ascertain the
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Czech Republic natives, J.T. Compher, lead the Avalanche to 3-2 win over Buffalo Sabres

Czech, please. Czech Republic natives Martin Kaut and Pavel Francouz had yet another memorable night Wednesday in the Avalanche’s 3-2 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres at the Pepsi Center. Kaut, a newcomer forward, scored his first career goal, also Francouz, a goalie in his first full NHL season, closed the door with 13 third-period saves.
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Nathan MacKinnon reaches milestone as Avalanche defeats Islanders 3-1

In winning trend Wednesday night, Nathan MacKinnon attained a Hall of Fame-backed milestone with his 50th point of the season, becoming just the third Avalanche participant to produce 50 points in 3 consecutive seasons. Merely club legends Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg had done this before, together using Sakic (1998-2002) and Forsberg (1995-99) — both
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Avalanche’s Martin Kaut on NHL debut: “Dream come true for me”

Martin Kaut was one of the last two Avalanche players to step off the ice Wednesday to conclude that a morning skate in the Pepsi Center. He wanted to soak in each second to prepare for his NHL debut that would occur Wednesday night against the New York Islanders. Kaut, 20, is Colorado’s 2018 draft
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Tampa Bay extends win streak to 11 with overtime goal to beat Avalanche

Lightning struck twice at the Pepsi Center on Monday night. To begin with, Avalanche first-line winger Mikko Rantanen was triggered into the end boards in the next stage and didn’t go back. Colorado’s highest-paid participant be out “weeks” using a shoulder injury. And then the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning got a sleek breakaway goal from
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Kiszla: With loss of Avs star Mikko Rantanen to serious injury, the pressure’s on Joe Sakic to make trade deadline deal

We find out if the Avalanche is so serious about becoming a Stanley Cup contender, or if director Joe Sakic is content to play for next year. The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 24. As presently constructed, the Avs are great enough to break the heart. His action (or inaction) will speak louder than words
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Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen to miss “weeks” with upper-body injury suffered in overtime loss to Lightning

The Avalanche injury difficulty is snowballing. Forward Mikko Rantanen endured an apparent shoulder injury Monday night in Colorado’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Lightning and is predicted to miss “months,” coach Jared Bednar informed reporters. It led from a tripping punishment in the second stage on Tampa Bay defenseman Erik Cernak, sending Rantanen crashing into
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Dallas Stars “cheat” on faceoffs, Avalanche coach says

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
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