The Avalanche’s goaltending is suddenly a position of strength. And it’s largely thanks to the long-awaited return of Pavel Francouz

For the majority of the early parts of the season, the one blip in a star-studded Avalanche lineup was their goaltending. Newcomer Darcy Kuemper — whom the Avs paid a hefty price to acquire — was not playing up to his standard. And backup goalie Pavel Francouz was injured during a preseason game that kept […]

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Hockey Mountain High Podcast: Mindset Shift

Listen to “Mindset Shift” on Spreaker. Following an overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens, Gabriel Landeskog and the Avalanche are not pleased with their recent play. Aarif and J.J. break down the new mindset shift from the team — how mediocrity is no longer acceptable within the room despite their winning streak. The guys also […]

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Numbers game: Avalanche’s franchise-best home winning streak has reached 15 games following Saturday’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens

Ball Arena is home to the NHL’s best home winning streak in five years. The Avalanche’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday is their 15th straight triumph at home, matching the Washington Capitals run from Jan. 1 to March 4, 2017. Colorado is just the eighth team in NHL history to accomplish […]

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Hockey Mountain High Podcast: All-Star Kadri

Listen to “All-Star Kadri” on Spreaker. Nazem Kadri is going to the NHL All-Star game and Aarif and J.J. are here to break it all down. The guys discuss their thoughts on the last man in voting, the fact that every team must have a representative and the skills competition. They then look at the […]

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Hockey Mountain High Podcast: Kuemper Down

Listen to “Kuemper Down” on Spreaker. The Avalanche defeated the Minnesota Wild in an epic matchup but the story of the day is Darcy Kuemper’s injury. Aarif and J.J. break down the 4-3 shootout victory and the collision that led to Kuemper being pulled by the concussion spotter. They also chat about the team’s success […]

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Darcy Kuemper leaves Avalanche game with injury. But thanks to backup Pavel Francouz and his shootout expertise, Colorado was once again victorious at home

Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper left the game with a presumed head injury midway through a 4-3 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday. Wild forward Jordan Greenway collided with Kuemper coming around the net. His elbow made contact with the goalie and sent him to the ice, where he remained for several minutes. Greenway […]

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Avalanche continue winning ways at Ball Arena following Nazem Kadri’s shootout-deciding goal in a 4-3 victory over Arizona

Home is where the heart is. And the wins, too, apparently. Nazem Kadri scored the lone shootout goal to help the Avalanche extend their franchise-best home winning streak with a 4-3 triumph over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. It was their 13th consecutive victory at Ball Arena and 15th of the season in just 18 […]

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Hockey Mountain High Podcast: Frustrations

Listen to “Frustrations” on Spreaker. The Avalanche were frustrated following an overtime loss in Nashville. Aarif and J.J. share their thoughts on the postgame comments after a questionable penalty call and the Avs squeaking out a point in a game they mostly trailed. They also look back at Monday’s victory over Seattle, Philipp Grubauer’s return […]

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel’s two goals in a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Kraken help solidify his role with the Avalanche

When the Avalanche picked up Nicolas Aube-Kubel off waivers, this is exactly the type of role they had envisioned for him. His value is in his aggressiveness and forechecking but his offensive production is also an expectation. And just one game after Jared Bednar applauded his play, Aube-Kubel had his first two-goal performance in the […]

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Hockey Mountain High Podcast: Comeback

Listen to “Comeback” on Spreaker. The Avalanche completed a nearly insurmountable comeback, a 5-4 overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Aarif and J.J. break down how it all went down, from Pavel Francouz’s performance to Nathan MacKinnon’s shooting spree and the deafening Ball Arena crowd. They also discuss the line matchups and […]

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