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Drastic line changes

January 1, 2020 - 6:33 PM ET

Drastic changes are in order when you lose three games in a row and five of the past six, especially when all the losses come by blowing leads in the third period, four of them at home. Based on the line combinations he used Wednesday at practice, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar will drop Mikko Rant...

Hopeful new lines can end skid

January 2, 2020 - 4:20 PM ET

The Avalanche reach the halfway point of the season Thursday, taking on the defending Stanley Cup champ St. Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center. GAME NOTES Philipp Grubauer starts, and the Avalanche will show off their new lines (see below) as they try to end a three-game losing streak (0-2-1)...

Grubauer starts again in NJ

January 4, 2020 - 2:16 PM ET

No lineup changes for the Avalanche as they begin second half play Saturday by meeting New Jersey to kick off a three-game road trip. GAME NOTES Philipp Grubauer will make his third consecutive start after turning aside 24 shots Thursday in the Avalanche’s 7-3 win against St. Louis. It w...

Taking on Isles, Varlamov

January 6, 2020 - 1:39 PM ET

The Avalanche will be facing old friend Semyon Varlamov when they meet the New York Islanders on Monday in the second game of their three-game road trip. GAME NOTES The former Avalanche goalie is having an excellent season after signing a four-year, $20 million contract as an unrestricted...

Garden party time?

January 7, 2020 - 5:14 PM ET

Maybe the Avalanche can provide some offense for Philipp Grubauer on Tuesday when the Avalanche take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in the final game of the three-game road trip. GAME NOTES That wasn’t the case for Pavel Francouz on Monday. He stopped 32 of 33 shots aga...

Donskoi to miss start of important homestand with concussion

January 9, 2020 - 7:12 PM ET

The Avalanche are about to begin a critical five-game homestand leading into the NHL All-Star break and bye week – they play Pittsburgh on Friday at the Pepsi Center -- and they’ll start it without top line forward Joonas Donskoi, who is going through concussion protocol. Donskoi, who has 29...

Francouz in net vs. Penguins

January 10, 2020 - 4:13 PM ET

Pavel Francouz gets the start in goal Friday when the Avalanche play Pittsburgh at the Pepsi Center to begin a five-game homestand. GAME NOTES Francouz made 32 saves Monday in the Avalanche’s 1-0 road loss to the New York Islanders. He’s lost two in a row after going 9-0-1 in his previ...

Too many blown leads lately

January 13, 2020 - 6:43 PM ET

The Avalanche have an opportunity to break out of a nearly three-week-old slump and move back into second place in the Central Division when they play Dallas at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday. They trail the Stars by one point (56-55) and have a slight edge in regulation/overtime wins (25-24), which...

Second in Central on the line

January 14, 2020 - 3:45 PM ET

The Avalanche face Dallas on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center, the team they trail by one point for second place in the Central Division. Philipp Grubauer will start in goal and forward Andre Burakovsky is expected to play after missing practice Monday because of illness. GAME NOTES The Star...

Donskoi still not ready; Bednar on faceoff "cheating"

January 15, 2020 - 7:22 PM ET

Forward Joonas Donskoi took part in practice Wednesday while wearing a non-contact jersey, but he won’t play Thursday against his former San Jose Sharks teammates at the Pepsi Center. Donskoi, who was injured Jan. 7 on a hit by the New York Rangers’ Ryan Lindgren, is still going through concu...

Rematch of playoff loss to Sharks

January 16, 2020 - 4:33 PM ET

The Avalanche face San Jose on Thursday at the Pepsi Center in a rematch of last year’s second-round playoff series, won by the Sharks in seven games. GAME NOTES “It’s a great opportunity for us to try and get back on track and build off what we did last game, our last couple games,...

Donskoi still isn't ready; Grubauer likely to start vs. Blues

January 17, 2020 - 7:34 PM ET

The Avalanche had an optional practice Friday after knocking off San Jose 4-0 on Thursday, and there isn’t a whole of news to report. Joonas Donskoi wore a non-contact jersey as he continues to go through concussion protocol and won’t play Saturday afternoon against St. Louis at the Pepsi Cen...