Avalanche takeaways: Can this excellent road team bring that magic back to the Pepsi Center?

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The NHL grind will ease up for the Avalanche in the finishing stretch. Colorado plays 16 of its  final 28 regular-season games at home, including Saturday at the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium. The thing is, the Avs need to rediscover their home-ice dominance and, oddly, play as well as they
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Minnesota Wild rallies to defeat Avalanche 6-4

Prized newcomer Cale Makar returned to the Avalanche lineup Friday night yet another blown third-period direct at house followed. The Avs, who had dropped two straight in disappointing fashion in the Pepsi Center a week, performed come-from-behind the majority of the night and wilted if it mattered most. The Minnesota Wild rallied for two goals
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Cale Makar will return to Avalanche lineup Friday against Minnesota

Avalanche prized rookie Cale Makar will return in the eight-game injury absence Friday night when Colorado hosts the Minnesota Wild. Makar, who has fallen from first to second in NHL rookie is currently recovering . “Obviously, you never wish to get injured. But at precisely the identical time, it is what it is,” Makar said
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Why J.T. Compher is the Colorado Avalanche’s secret weapon in chase for Stanley Cup

We should’ve seen it coming. In the 14 regular-season contests in which winger Avalanche winger J.T. Compher found the web — he scored just 16 times, but few were cheapies — Colorado posted a stellar record of 10-1-3. Fast forward to the Stanley Cup playoffs and there’s Compher, again, fastening a set of jumper cables
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Why Denver fans say “This is my favorite Nuggets team of all time”

It took the blankety-blank Golden State Warriors to Create Ben Ouaglal a Denver Nuggets season-ticket holder. Seriously. Quick backstory: Ouaglal, a native of Paris, and Anne Schulte, who hails from Evergreen, lived in the Bay Area for a half-dozen years before moving to Denver last October. While in California, the pair fell in love with
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Avalanche hosts the Chicago Blackhawks in referee Brad Watson’s swan song

NHL referee Brad Watson has lived a charmed life, but one he’s ready to leave. The longtime Highlands Ranch resident from Regina, Saskatchewan, is saying goodbye to hockey’s premier stage Saturday when he works his final NHL game at the Pepsi Center. Watson, 57, is retiring from a 22-year NHL career following the Avalanche hosts
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Avalanche might stick with hodgepodge lineup at Minnesota

Its unstructured lineup become a polished parade for the Avalanche on Sunday, meaning the beer-league look might get another try Tuesday night at Minnesota. The Avs used one less forward (11) and an extra defenseman (seven) in defeating the New Jersey Devils 3-0 at the Pepsi Center, together with the line combinations and defensive pairings
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When Avalanche games go into overtime, losing is almost a certainty

The optimist would say the Avalanche is on a three-game points streak, having lost its last three games in overtime. The pessimist would say Colorado has lost three straight games in OT — falling to 1-11 on the season when the game goes beyond regulation — and takes a seven-game losing streak overall into Tuesday’s
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Czech Republic Olympian Pavel Francouz makes his NHL preseason debut with the Colorado Avalanche

Czech Republic-born goalie Pavel Francouz, That played the last 3 seasons for Chelyabinsk Traktor of This Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League, will make his NHL preseason debut Monday night Once the Avalanche plays with the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Francouz, 28, will start in net. The 2018 Olympian served as backup and didn’t perform
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