Avalanche looking for fast start after missing playoffs

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche enter the regular season in a goal-scoring funk, one that has them a tad bit concerned. While the preseason may be a time for coach Patrick Roy to tinker with his line combinations, the Avs aren't just chalking up their slump to that. After all, they had a poor preseason a year ago and it spilled over. So, yeah, they're wary after failing to score...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche at a glance

COLORADO AVALANCHE LAST SEASON: 39-31-12, didn't make the playoffs. COACH: Patrick Roy (third season, third NHL season). ADDED: F Blake Comeau, F Mikko Rantanen, F Carl Soderberg, D Francois Beauchemin, D Nikita Zadorov, D Brandon Gormley. LOST: D Jan Hejda, F Daniel Briere, F Ryan O'Reilly. PLAYER TO WATCH: F Nathan MacKinnon. Spent the offseason working out with his buddy, Pittsburgh...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche season preview: The Central Division's too strong for the Avs

Plus: The Colorado Avalanche have a potent mix of forwards that can put the puck in the net. The Avalanche were the only team in the NHL last season that hosted five forwards with 50 or more points. One of those forwards, Ryan O’Reilly, was shipped to the Buffalo Sabres in a five-player trade this offseason. Nikita Zadorov came to Colorado in that deal, and he gives the Avalanche...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Offense Goes Up in Flames in 2-0 Loss to Calgary

  After an exciting 5-4 overtime victory for the Avalanche in their first preseason game over the Anaheim Ducks, the offense has dried up. Tonight, the Avalanche were defeated 2-0 by the Calgary Flames, giving the Flames their second shutout of the Avs in the past week. Colorado has managed a single goal in their past three preseason contests, all losses, although tonight’s lineup...
Via BSN Denver
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Troubling trends surfacing for the Colorado Avalanche in 2015 preseason

Wins and losses in the preseason are irrelevant but that doesn’t mean the preseason is irrelevant. There are lessons to be learned in the preseason and trends that can be picked up on. With that, there are some troubling trends surfacing for the Colorado Avalanche once again. Here are the three troubling trends that must be addressed before the puck drops on the real season. Power...
Via Mile High Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Roundtable: How will new overtime rules impact the Avalanche?

    The Avalanche have been the most successful shootout team in the NHL since its inception. Will they be equally dangerous in the 3-on-3 overtime?   Austin: The Avalanche are 63-35 since the NHL adopted the shootout, so they are going to have to be lights out in 3-on-3 hockey if they want to match that 64% all-time win rate. Despite the lofty standard, I believe they have...
Via BSN Denver
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon work the drive thru at Tim Horton’s

Tim Horton’s, who everybody knows as the place with the best crullers north of the border, unleashed a new ad campaign with NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon. The results are hilarious: The entire series is pretty funny. Here are some of the others, including hockey trivia, making a nice lady blush, and MacKinnon’s father getting in on the fun: I don’t know ...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon work the drive thru at Tim Horton’s

Tim Horton’s, who everybody knows as the place with the best crullers north of the border, unleashed a new ad campaign with NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon. The results are hilarious: The entire series is pretty funny. Here are some of the others, including hockey trivia, making a nice lady blush, and MacKinnon’s father getting in on the fun: I don’t know ...
Via Bloguin Best
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Crosby, MacKinnon serve up coffee, laughs in Tim Hortons commercials

Pittsburgh Penguins phenom Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon make it look easy on the ice.Now, when the Nova Scotia natives are working a drive-thru at Tim Hortons, well ... let's just say they struggled with their first - and last - day on the job.Filmed over the summer in Dartmouth for an eight-part series of commercials, Crosby and MacKinnon had difficulty...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon Work The Tim Horton’s Drive Thru

Tim Horton’s, the Canadian doughnut institution, unveiled a new ad campaign with Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche. The two players decide to try their hand at working the drive thru at a Tim Horton’s establishment. There are a whole series of them that you can find here, but I’ll give you my favorite of the bunch: In many of the ads...
Via Food and Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Central Division Preview- Colorado Avalanche

By @GreekGoalie35 If there’s any team that’s displayed a bigger roller coaster over a period of three seasons more than the Avalanche, I’d like to be see it. Colorado began this ride by finishing dead last in the conference in the lockout-shortened 2013 season. That summer, they won the lottery and drafted Halifax Moosehead dynamo Nathan MacKinnon with the 1st ...
Via Predneck Nation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Three takeaways from the Colorado Avalanche intra-squad scrimmage

In the spirit of over-analyzing preseason performances, here are three takeaways from “Team White’s” 3-1 win over Team Burgundy during the Colorado Avalanche’s intra-squad scrimmage on Sunday at Magness Arena. No. 3 — Possible forward combos revealed? The combination of Mikhail Grigorenko, Nathan MacKinnon and Alex Tanguay produced the White Team’s first goal of the...
Via Mile High Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche training camp start marked by return of injured players

Patrick Roy himself has acknowledged the injury disaster of last year that contributed to a disappointing season. But a new season means new prospects, and the start of Avalanche training camp today meant the return of a couple key components. Patrick Bordeleau missed all but one game last year before needing surgeries for his back and knee. Phenom forward Nathan MacKinnon, who...
Via Mile High Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Positive vibes encompass Avalanche veterans as training camp opens

  The Colorado Avalanche officially opened their training camp today as the veterans reported for their physicals and held media day all in one. The common theme of the day was, as usual, optimism as the players are excited about an active summer that brings a handful of new faces to Denver to compete for various roles across the roster. Players throughout the morning lamented the...
Via BSN Denver
19 days ago  |  Discuss

MacKinnon, Avalanche look to rebound from frustrating season

DENVER (AP) Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon will be standing a little taller on the ice this season. The 20-year-old Avalanche forward grew nearly an inch to 6-foot-1 and bulked up 15 pounds during the summer. He also worked out in Pittsburgh with Sidney Crosby. Colorado expects big things from the speedy MacKinnon after a season in which they missed the playoffs. ''We're pretty hungry...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Must Move Nathan MacKinnon Back to Center Ice

  Connor McDavid, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby… Nathan MacKinnon. What do all those players have in common? They were all picked 1st overall in the NHL Entry Draft. Most of them are considered the face of the franchise that drafted them. And they were all drafted out of the CHL as Centers. In the last eleven years, seven of the...
Via BSN Denver
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Nathan MacKinnon Will Score 30 Goals for the Avalanche Next Season

  The Colorado Avalanche haven’t had a 30-goal scorer in many moons. In fact, no player has hit the 30-goal milestone while playing in burgundy and blue since Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk both broke the barrier in 2006-07. That season, Joe Sakic also reached 100 points, the last Avalanche player to hit triple digits in overall scoring. Scoring goals has gotten progressively harder...
Via BSN Denver
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

For Avs, it all comes down to the core

The 2015-16 NHL season will be an interesting one for the Colorado Avalanche, to say the least. After a surprising playoff appearance in Patrick Roy’s first season as coach, followed by a disappointing sophomore season that saw Roy and 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon miss the playoffs, there’s really no telling what’s in store this year. With training camp less...
Via Mile High Sports
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Five NHL teams who should rebound in 2015-2016

Which teams made the best moves over the summer and should take a step forward in 2015-16? Whether through trade, free agency or the draft, the five teams below have improved their rosters over the summer and should see an improved record this season. Colorado Avalanche DENVER, CO – APRIL 19: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Minnesota Wild in Game...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Crosby, MacKinnon hand Worlds checks to hometown

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon have been extremely generous with their time during their return home to Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. On Wednesday, Crosby and MacKinnon were also generous with their wallets after they donated their shares from helping Canada win the 2015 IIHF World Championship to the young hockey organization...
Via Fox Sports
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Crosby, MacKinnon visit 7-year-old boy with leukemia

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon did their best to brighten the spirits of a 7-year-old boy who is battling leukemia.One day after surprising patrons at a Tim Horton's drive-thru window, the two natives of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, opted to pay a visit to Dartmouth to visit Bryan Carroll on Wednesday.Since Carroll spends most...
Via Fox Sports
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Crosby and MacKinnon take orders?

Imagine you're running late for your big upcoming meeting, but you have to get your coffee from your favorite coffee stop first. You head to the drive-thru, frantically gathering up the quarters in your cup holder. You order your latte, and as you pull up to the window.....Sidney Crosby hands you your drink.Both Crosby and Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon served some customers...
Via Fox Sports
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Draft: Best/Worst Fits for Colorado Avalanche

  Today’s draft feature focuses on the players in this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft that would make the best and worst fits with the Avalanche organization. Keep in mind that these are not indictments or endorsements of prospects, just how they theoretically fit in the Avalanche organization. Best Fits Mikko Rantanen, RW, TPS Turku (Liiga) Cheryl says: Rantanen is exactly what...
Via BSN Denver
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Avs could pick Rantanen over Crouse at No. 10

The Avalanche drafted Matt Duchene in the first round in 2009 at No.3. Two years later in 2011,  Gabriel Landeskog went to Colorado in the first round at No. 2. Another two years later, in 2013, Nathan MacKinnon was the team’s first round pick at No. 1 overall. Two years have passed again. Do the Avs have another big name in store for 2015? There is something different this year...
Via Mile High Sports
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #1 Nathan MacKinnon

  After a month of going through the top young players, we’ve finally reached the conclusion. The ’25 Avalanche Under 25′ series has been a tremendous amount of fun to write and hopefully read. In case you’ve missed the final installments during the final countdown, be sure to check out #4 Ryan O’Reilly, #3 Gabriel Landeskog, and #2 Matt Duchene. At #1, the unanimous top...
Via BSN Denver
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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