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Avs Fall In Preseason Game At Wild

Colorado drops its second exhibition game of the campaign

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche fell 7-0 to the Minnesota Wild in the club's second preseason game on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Avalanche went 5-for-6 on the penalty kill and could not convert on three power-play opportunities. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer was between the pipes for the entirety of the contest and made 26-of-33 saves.

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Colorado Continues Preseason Action At Minnesota

It is the Avalanche's second exhibition game

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche continues its preseason action against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center at 4 p.m. MT on Saturday.

It is the second game of Colorado's exhibition slate and the first of two preseason matchups with its Central Division rival. The Avs and Wild will battle again at Pepsi Center on Sept. 28.

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Avalanche Falls 5-1 to Golden Knights in Preseason Opener

Ryan Graves scores while Semyon Varlamov and Spencer Martin split time in goal

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche fell 5-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights in the team's first preseason game on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center.

"This game for me, it's not really about our veteran guys, especially those core guys that played tonight," said Colorado head coach Jared Bednar. "It's about trying to get them in a couple game situations and get them a few reps here before we take a real close look at a lot of other guys."

Colorado had 10 players on its game roster that had NHL regular-season experience and five others that were dressing in their first preseason contest. It was the first of the Avs' six-game preseason slate, which features home and road games against Vegas, the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars.

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Morning Skate Report: Newcomers Set To Make Preseason Debuts

Josh Anderson, Josh Dickinson, Nick Henry, Logan O'Connor and Brandon Saigeon will all suit up against Golden Knights

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

It might just be a preseason contest, but it will be the first in the NHL for five players on the Colorado Avalanche's training camp roster.

Forwards Josh Dickinson, Nick Henry, Logan O'Connor and Brandon Saigeon and defenseman Josh Anderson will all suit up for the first time on NHL ice this evening when the Avs begin exhibition play against the defending Western Conference-champion Vegas Golden Knights at Pepsi Center.

"Really looking forward to it," O'Connor said. "It's a good opportunity in front of us. It will be nice to sort of get training camp done with. Obviously there is still a lot ahead of us, but to get a real exhibition game in tonight will be a lot of fun."

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Avalanche Opens Preseason Against Golden Knights

The game will be televised on Altitude and NHL Network

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche begins its 2018-19 preseason schedule on Tuesday as the team battles the Vegas Golden Knights at Pepsi Center at 7 p.m. MT.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov will get the start in net and will split time with fellow netminder Spencer Martin, who will likely play the third period. 

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Promising Season Raises Expectations

Colorado gave Nashville plenty to handle in playoff series

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche aimed to make noise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the team certainly did. That didn't make the final result any less disappointing.

Colorado's season came to an end Sunday night as the Nashville Predators won the first-round series 4-2, downing the young, upstart Avs 5-0 in Game 6 at Pepsi Center.

"It is tough to sum up the series right here, right now, but I felt like we made them fight for it," said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, minutes after leaving the home ice for the last time until the fall. "I don't know if they thought that they were going to roll over us (in the first round), but I'm proud of the group we have in this dressing room."

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Postgame Notes & Quotes - Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round, Game 6

Nashville won the best-of-seven series 4-2 with a 5-0 win

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Nashville won the best-of-seven series 4-2 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

The Predators posted a shutout victory in a series-deciding game for the first time in franchise history, joining the Vegas Golden Knight and the Winnipeg Jets as the third team to accomplish the feat this postseason. (via NHL PR)

The Avalanche is now 25-21 in all-time playoff series, 19-12 since moving to Denver.

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Game 6 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Predators

Andrew Hammond set to play in his second straight game for Colorado

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche looks to once again evade elimination tonight, as it hosts the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 series at Pepsi Center.

Nashville leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can advance to the second round against the Winnipeg Jets with a victory. A Colorado win would force a Game 7 on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

The Avs won't make any lineup changes to the one they iced in Friday's 2-1 victory at Nashville in Game 5, head coach Jared Bednar said during his pregame media availability.

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Avs Return Home To Host Game 6 vs. Predators

Colorado looks to even the Round 1 series

by Scott MacDonald / ColoradoAvalanche.com

A 44-save performance by goaltender Andrew Hammond helped lead the Colorado Avalanche to a come-from-behind victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday at Bridgestone Arena and force a Game 6 back home on Sunday night.

It will be the third and final outing of the series that will be played at Pepsi Center, where the Avalanche and Predators have each won one game.

The Predators lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series in the first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Bednar: "A Lot Of Heart From Our Guys"

by ColoradoAvalanche.com / Official website of the Avalanche

Bednar - Postgame (April 20)

Avs coach Jared Bednar on the Game 5 win

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar discusses the 2-1 comeback victory against the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of their playoff series

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The Colorado Avalanche came back from being down a goal midway through the third period and scored twice in the final five minutes to defeat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in Game 5 of the clubs' first-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday.

Here are Avs head coach Jared Bednar's thoughts after the come-from-behind victory.

On winning Game 5: "That was big. I mean a lot of heart from our guys, tight-checking game, hard-fought game for two periods. Right at the end of the second period they had that extended shift, and we got out of it without them scoring and ended up taking a penalty and then they came at us again early in the third and they made a play to the net and got one off the shin pad there off the skate. Not much time left and hard to fight for chances I thought throughout the whole game for our group, and we come out and find a way. A lot of heart by our guys, pretty happy by what they did there, especially in the third period."

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