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Calvert might be OK for Game 4

May 1, 2019 - 7:04 PM ET

Matt Calvert took part in an optional practice while wearing a regular jersey Wednesday and might be able to play Thursday when the Avalanche face San Jose in Game 4 of the second-round series at the Pepsi Center. “We’ll see how today goes and tomorrow morning, but there’s a possibility,”...

The reality: must-win game tonight

May 2, 2019 - 4:23 PM ET

This could very will be the Avalanche’s final game at the Pepsi Center if they don’t win Game 4 Thursday against San Jose, with Game 5 at the Shark Tank on Saturday. The Sharks have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven second round Stanley Cup playoff series and teams with a 3-1 lead in series hav...

Still plenty of work to do

May 3, 2019 - 7:57 PM ET

Well, the Avalanche will play at least one more game at the Pepsi Center, Monday in Game 6 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the San Jose Sharks. It will be an elimination game, but for which team? That will be determined Saturday in Game 5 at the SAP Center in San Jose whe...

It's win or wait 'til next year

May 5, 2019 - 6:46 PM ET

It’s been nearly two months since the Avalanche lost two games in a row, March 11-15 to Carolina and Anaheim. Now wouldn’t be a good time to do so. It’s win or go home for the offseason Monday when the Avalanche play San Jose at the Pepsi Center in Game 6 of their second-round Stanley Cup p...

Nemeth in as 7th defenseman

May 6, 2019 - 4:09 PM ET

The Avalanche seemed in good spirits and optimistic about defeating the San Jose Sharks at the Pepsi Center on Monday to send the second-round playoff series back to San Jose for a Game 7 on Wednesday. The Sharks have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and are trying to return to the Western...

One more elimination game to win

May 7, 2019 - 7:38 PM ET

Erik Johnson was reminiscing a bit Tuesday, recalling how tenuous at best the Avalanche’s chances of merely making the Stanley Cup Playoffs were following a 5-3 home loss to Anaheim on March 15. Corey Perry scored a power-play goal with 57 seconds remaining in the third period, followed by a Du...

Win or go home time ... again

May 8, 2019 - 4:29 PM ET

OK, it’s Game 7 time, not a whole lot more to say about it. Win and move on to play St. Louis in the Western Conference final, lose and the season is over. The Avalanche and Sharks meet for the last time at the SAP Center in San Jose on Wednesday in what has been an entertaining, emotional,...

Tough ending, but bright future

May 9, 2019 - 3:55 PM ET

This is always a tough one to write, when the season has come to a disappointing end and we have to wait four months for training camp to begin. It sure was a tough way for this Stanley Cup playoff run to end, too, with Nathan MacKinnon getting hurt and the controversial offside that wiped out wh...

No surgery for MacK; signing Rantanen priority; aggressive in FA market

May 14, 2019 - 7:43 PM ET

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic touched on a variety of topics Tuesday in a season-ending news conference at the team’s practice facility. --- Center Nathan MacKinnon won’t need surgery for the shoulder injury he sustained in Game 7 of the second-round playoff series against San Jose, a 3...

One-year deal for Francouz

May 24, 2019 - 2:49 PM ET

The Avalanche announced Friday that they have re-signed goalie Pavel Francouz to a one-year contract. Francouz, 28, had a 27-17-3 record in 49 games with the AHL Colorado Eagles this season, his first in North America. He had a 2.68 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and three shutouts....