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Can they extend this to a Game 7?

September 1, 2020 - 8:21 PM ET

Stayin’ alive. The Avalanche have forced a Game 6 in their best-of-7 Stanley Cup playoff series, and Gabriel Landeskog remains positive they can win Wednesday and make it to a Game 7. “We’re going to do everything we can to keep this thing going,” the captain said Tuesday. The Av...

Avs have 'nervous energy,' are a 'little grumpy' heading into G6

September 2, 2020 - 3:36 PM ET

It’s another elimination game for the Avalanche on Wednesday, as the Avalanche trail the Dallas Stars 3-2 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup playoff series. Win Game 6 and play a decisive Game 7 on Friday; lose and head home from the Edmonton bubble. GAME NOTES “We’re still sitting in a plac...

It all comes down to Friday now

September 3, 2020 - 4:38 PM ET

UPDATE: 2 p.m. MT START Have to admit I thought it was over for the Avalanche after they lost Game 4 to drop into a 3-1 hole in their best-of-7 Stanley Cup playoff series with the Dallas Stars. Yet here we are, looking forward to a decisive Game 7 on Friday following a 4-1 win on Wednesday....

No rolling a lucky '7' ... again

September 4, 2020 - 9:38 PM ET

Another Game 7 disappointment for the Avalanche. Rookie Joel Kiviranta scored at 7:24 of overtime to complete a hat trick and give the Dallas Stars a 5-4 win on Friday to take the best-of-7 series and advance to the Western Conference finals against Vancouver or Vegas, who played a Game 7 of thei...

Sakic snubbed in vote for top GM

September 9, 2020 - 5:14 PM ET

As the late, great Rodney Dangerfield said so many times: “I get no respect, I tell ya, no respect at all!” The same could be said for Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic. He isn’t among the three finalists announced on Wednesday for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award....

Sakic, Bednar on free agents, injuries; Barberio to Switzerland

September 10, 2020 - 8:08 PM ET

The Avalanche will have some money to spend once the NHL free agent market opens next month, but they also are mindful that a number of current players have expiring contracts and some significant others – namely Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar -- will be in that position after the 2020-21 season...

MacKinnon wins Lady Byng Award

September 11, 2020 - 8:28 PM ET

In what could turn out to be a hat trick of NHL awards for Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche center on Friday was announced as the winner of the Lady Byng Award. The award goes to the player deemed to have “exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high stan...

Best yet to come for MacKinnon

September 14, 2020 - 4:13 PM ET

I have to think the best is yet to come for Nathan MacKinnon, which is saying a lot. He’s reached the 90-point mark three years in a row and came within seven points of hitting the century milestone this season despite playing in 69 games. He missed what turned out to be the season finale March...

M&M stars ready for hardware?

September 18, 2020 - 3:57 PM ET

The NHL announced on Friday that it will reveal the winners of the final five regular-season awards on Monday during a 30-minute show that will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. ET. The show will air on NBCSN in the U.S., and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. It will be broadcast from Rogers Plac...

Makar wins Calder Trophy; No Hart, Lindsay for MacKinnon

September 21, 2020 - 8:48 PM ET

Cale Makar was announced as the Calder Trophy winner on Monday as the NHL’s rookie of the year, but Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl beat out Nathan MacKinnon for the Hart Trophy as league MVP and the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding player. Makar was named to the all-rookie team (obviously) an...