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Cole in for Sharks; Henry signed

March 1, 2019 - 4:57 PM ET

Defenseman Ian Cole will play Friday when the Avalanche face San Jose to open a two-game road trip through California. The GAME NOTES Cole, who has missed 11 games with a broken left orbital bone, will replace rookie Ryan Graves. Cole, who was injured Feb. 7 in a fight with Washington’s...

Looks like Grubauer in net

March 3, 2019 - 12:09 PM ET

The Avalanche have 17 games remaining in the regular season, 10 at home and seven on the road, in their push to make the playoffs. They will conclude a two-game road trip Sunday afternoon in Anaheim following their 4-3 loss Friday in San Jose. The GAME NOTES Philipp Grubauer is expected t...

Big line back to face Red Wings

March 5, 2019 - 4:28 PM ET

The Avalanche will play five of the next six games at the Pepsi Center, starting Tuesday against Detroit, and they’d best take advantage to stay in the playoff race. The GAME NOTES Losing in Anaheim on Sunday didn’t help matters after beginning the two-game California trip with a loss in...

Compher provides energy, offense; Graves to replace injured Zadorov

March 6, 2019 - 4:52 PM ET

Injury update: Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov has an upper-body injury and didn’t travel Wednesday to Dallas for Thursday's game. Zadorov went down hard along the boards at 6:23 of the third period Tuesday against Detroit, though he eventually returned. Coach Jared Bednar, after an opti...

Varlamov starts against Stars; Agozzino, Graves return to lineup

March 7, 2019 - 3:12 PM ET

Not that they ever seem to make things a little easier for themselves, but the Avalanche can improve their chances of making the playoffs with a win in Dallas on Thursday. The GAME NOTES It’s a quick one-game trip before they play Buffalo in a Saturday matinee to begin a four-game homestan...

Landeskog to miss rest of regular season; Zadorov to play vs Sabres

March 8, 2019 - 7:17 PM ET

As if the Avalanche weren’t already in a heap of trouble, they’ll be without captain and third-leading scorer Gabriel Landeskog for the remainder of the regular season and likely for the first round of the playoffs, if they qualify. Coach Jared Bednar said after practice Friday that Landeskog...

'Grubi' makes case for more work

March 10, 2019 - 4:33 PM ET

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar has kept his New Year’s resolution to refrain from naming his starting goalie in advance. We won’t know whether Semyon Varlamov or Philipp Grubauer will get the nod Monday against Carolina at the Pepsi Center until after the morning skate. But Grubauer, who has...

Grubauer gets nod vs. hot Canes

March 11, 2019 - 4:17 PM ET

Philipp Grubauer will make his second start in a row when the Avalanche face Carolina at the Pepsi Center on Monday. Grubauer made 18 saves Saturday in Colorado’s 3-0 win against Buffalo in the first game of the four-game homestand. He’s tossed shutouts in two of his past three starts, includ...

Another missed opportunity

March 12, 2019 - 4:54 PM ET

As painful as it is, sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the opposing goalie and move on. The Avalanche didn’t play poorly Monday in their 3-0 loss to the very good and underrated Carolina Hurricanes at the Pepsi Center. They fired shots at goalie Petr Mrazek from all directions and just...

12 games to go, 5 points out

March 15, 2019 - 3:35 PM ET

Semyon Varlamov starts Friday when the Avalanche meet Anaheim in what has to be considered a must-win situation at the Pepsi Center. GAME NOTES The Avalanche trail Arizona by five points for the second wild card playoff position in the Western Conference with 12 games to go, and they can’t...

Playoff chances slipping away fast

March 16, 2019 - 5:07 PM ET

Two lottery picks? It’s sure looking that way for the Avalanche, who own Ottawa's top pick in the 2019 NHL draft and could have another, considering they would be as many as seven points out of a playoff position late Saturday night if Arizona beats Edmonton at home. There are 11 regular-sea...

The most important week (so far)

March 18, 2019 - 4:44 PM ET

Yeah, this is a fairly significant week for the Avalanche. Their chances of making the playoffs will pretty much hinge on what happens Tuesday in Minnesota and Thursday in Dallas. Win those games and hope springs eternal, or at least until next weekend’s back-to-back games against Chicago....

Big game effort needed tonight

March 19, 2019 - 4:25 PM ET

Biggest game of the season for the Avalanche on Tuesday in Minnesota. Are they up to it? GAME NOTES The Avalanche will use the same lineup against the Wild that they did Sunday in a 3-0 win against New Jersey, which means Philipp Grubauer starts (as he certainly should) and Ryan Graves sui...

Still stayin' alive

March 20, 2019 - 7:22 PM ET

Well, Colorado is making it interesting. All hope seemed lost last Friday when the Avalanche allowed the tie-breaking goal on a power play with under a minute remaining in an eventual 5-3 loss to Anaheim at the Pepsi Center, their second loss to the Ducks in 13 days. The Avalanche were five p...

Big game in Big D

March 21, 2019 - 3:30 PM ET

Another big game for the Avalanche. Aren’t they all? This will continue to be the case until they clinch a playoff spot or are eliminated from contention. Next stop: Thursday in Dallas. GAME NOTES The Avalanche trail Arizona by two points for the second wild card playoff position in...

Injured Rantanen undergoing tests

March 22, 2019 - 7:05 PM ET

We might not know until closer to game time Saturday afternoon if Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen will be able to play against Chicago at the Pepsi Center – or in Chicago on Sunday, for that matter. Coach Jared Bednar couldn’t give a definitive prognosis following an optional practice Fri...