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2020 outdoor game at AFA; Grubauer starts vs Sharks, Varlamov 'banged up'

January 1, 2019 - 6:48 PM ET

The NHL announced on Tuesday that the Avalanche will host an outdoor game at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on Feb. 15, 2020. The game, against an opponent to be named -- Minnesota would be my choice -- will played at Falcon Stadium as part of the NHL Stadium Series. I...

Grubauer starts, Varlamov hurt; Barrie close to franchise record

January 2, 2019 - 4:23 PM ET

Philipp Grubauer starts and Semyon Varlamov is injured again as the Avalanche hit the halfway pole of the season Wednesday, taking on San Jose at the Pepsi Center. The GAME NOTES. Coach Jared Bednar said after the morning skate that Varlamov is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. He didn’...

Shaping up as 2nd half dogfight

January 3, 2019 - 7:31 PM ET

The Avalanche will begin the second half of the NHL season Friday when they face the New York Rangers to close out what so far is a 0-1-2 homestand. A 5-4 loss to San Jose on Wednesday left the Avalanche with a 19-14-8 record and 46 points, just one point better than at the midway point last year...

Grubauer to start vs Rangers

January 4, 2019 - 4:40 PM ET

The Avalanche open the season’s second half Friday against the New York Rangers at the Pepsi Center trying to end a losing streak that has reached six games (0-4-2). The GAME NOTES. Philipp Grubauer will start in goal and Pavel Francouz will be the backup as Semyon Varlamov continues to de...

Varly's back, Francouz to Eagles; Graves making most of opportunity

January 5, 2019 - 5:18 PM ET

First, some news: Semyon Varlamov, who has been sidelined with a lower-body injury, looked fine in practice Saturday. Pavel Francouz has been reassigned to the AHL Colorado Eagles. Coach Jared Bednar didn’t speak with the media and will do so Monday morning before the Avalanche heads to Winnipe...

Five-game trip opens with Jets

January 8, 2019 - 3:58 PM ET

The Avalanche face Winnipeg on Tuesday to open a five-game trip through Canada, their longest excursion of the season. The GAME NOTES. They’ll also play in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa before returning home to play Los Angeles on Jan. 19. "It is an important road trip for us ag...

Need stellar effort from Varlamov

January 9, 2019 - 4:16 PM ET

Semyon Varlamov will be in goal Wednesday when the Avalanche play in Calgary, and I guess he can’t be much worse than Philipp Grubauer was Tuesday in a 7-4 loss in Winnipeg. The GAME NOTES. The Avalanche made too many bonehead defensive plays, the penalty killing continues to be a major pr...

Losses, frustration mounting

January 10, 2019 - 3:54 PM ET

The losses are mounting and so is the frustration. Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon wasn’t a happy camper in the waning seconds of the latest defeat on Wednesday, a 5-3 loss in Calgary despite outshooting the Flames 35-16. Check out MACKINNON, BEDNAR. Though interesting (and entertaini...

Fans vote Landeskog to ASG; all's well with Bednar, MacKinnon

January 11, 2019 - 6:31 PM ET

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will join linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen in the NHL All-Star festivities Jan. 25-26 at the SAP Center in San Jose. The NHL announced on Friday that Landeskog won the “Last Men In” fan voting as the Central Division’s final player. The skill...

Barberio, Wilson among lineup changes against Canadiens

January 12, 2019 - 2:12 PM ET

Maybe a few lineup changes can help the Avalanche get back on track Saturday in Montreal. Defenseman Mark Barberio and forward Colin Wilson were activated from injured reserve after recovering from upper-body injuries and will play against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The GAME NOTES....

Zadorov will return vs Leafs

January 14, 2019 - 3:58 PM ET

Defenseman Nikita Zadorov will be in the Avalanche lineup Monday against Toronto at Scotiabank Arena as the road trip continues. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Zadorov missed the past 10 games with a lower-body injury. He’ll replace Ryan Graves and be paired with Mark Barberio. The GAME NOTES....

'Soda' pops in 3, losing streak ends

January 15, 2019 - 4:48 PM ET

One win doesn’t end a slump, but it’s a start. Who would’ve thought that Carl Soderberg, the silent Swede, would be the star of the game with a highlight reel shorthanded goal and the first hat trick of his six-year NHL career? A 6-3 win in Toronto on Monday ended the Avalanche’s three...

Can they make it 2 wins in a row?

January 16, 2019 - 2:09 PM ET

The Avalanche close out their five-game road trip in Ottawa on Wednesday trying to win their second game in a row for the first time since Nov. 27-28 against Nashville and Pittsburgh. The GAME NOTES. The Avalanche went 1-3-0 in the first four games of the trip and are 2-7-2 in the past 11 ga...

Jost, Graves assigned to AHL

January 17, 2019 - 7:17 PM ET

Struggling forward Tyson Jost has been assigned to the AHL Colorado Eagles. The Avalanche didn't practice Thursday and made the announcement on Twitter. They also sent defenseman Ryan Graves to the Eagles. I thought he played just fine in his first eight NHL games, scoring two goals. Jost,...

Bednar: "Miracle" to be in playoff spot; Jost to center Eagles top line

January 18, 2019 - 5:59 PM ET

As of Friday afternoon, despite losing 10 of their past 12 games (2-8-2), the Avalanche were third in the jam-packed Central Division and Western Conference. I mentioned that to coach Jared Bednar after practice Friday, and he certainly agreed the Avalanche are fortunate that so many other teams...

Rantanen OK, will play Monday; Johnson has concussion

January 20, 2019 - 4:19 PM ET

Right wing Mikko Rantanen will play Monday against Nashville at the Pepsi Center after tweaking his right leg Saturday in the Avalanche’s 7-1 win against Los Angeles, but defenseman Erik Johnson will sit out because of a concussion. Rantanen, the NHL’s second-leading scorer with 73 points, pr...