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Avalanche Looks To Build On Victory

Colorado gets ready for the Minnesota after defeating St. Louis on Friday

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--It may not have always shown on the final score, but the Colorado Avalanche had been building solid efforts over its last couple games, and the team was finally rewarded Friday night.

The Avs' shootout victory over the St. Louis Blues may not have been a perfect 60-minute game, but they stuck with their game plan and went chance for chance with their Central Division foe.

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Jost Excited To Join Avs

The young center is ready for what comes next

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

Tyson Jost - March 30

Tyson Jost after his first day with the Avalanche

Tyson Jost talks about signing with the Avalanche and joining the team late in the season

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CENTENNIAL, Colo.--This time last week, 19-year-old student-athlete Tyson Jost was with the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks preparing for his first-ever glimpse at the NCAA hockey tournament.

Fast forward one week and he's the newest member of the Colorado Avalanche, taking the ice to join his teammates for the first time, meeting with the gaggle of media in attendance for practice, running through video sessions with the coaching staff and preparing for his first game in the National Hockey League.

What a week it has been.

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Avs Look To Build On The Good Things Against Oilers

Colorado and Edmonton meet again on Saturday in Alberta

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

For the most part, the Colorado Avalanche has played some overall solid hockey in its past five games. Yes, those contests haven't all ended in wins, but head coach Jared Bednar has seen plenty of things that he's liked from his squad.

"A large portion of those games, we've played some of our best hockey of the year," Bednar said of the club's recent stretch. "The fear of losing a little bit in the third period when something goes wrong for us, the culmination of our mistakes, or just the mistakes we're making, are very costly to us. It's a fine line between winning and losing those games, and we have to keep that in perspective, and we have to try to keep working through that."

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Lindholm Showing Promise

The rookie rear guard is making a strong case

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--It's only been four games, but Anton Lindholm is showing a certain sort of promise for the Colorado Avalanche.

The 22-year-old Swedish defenseman was recalled on March 13 and made his NHL debut on the 15th against the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center. Since then, he's continued to impress those keeping an eye on him.

"I really like what I see. I think he's a real competitive kid, and he skates real well," Avs head coach Jared Bednar said. "So you put those two things together, and he's an aggressive defender. If he's making a mistake, it's an aggressive mistake. He closes quickly, he's physical. He's got that edge to him. Again, the skating really helps him set tight gaps and be difficult to play against.

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Nieto Could Return Versus Detroit

The forward missed Wednesday's game with a knee injury

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Nieto could be back in the lineup on Saturday as the Avs take on the Detroit Red Wings in the visiting club's last-ever game at Joe Louis Arena.

Nieto, acquired off waivers by the Avalanche on Jan. 5, missed Wednesday's contest with a minor knee injury that he said happened in Monday's match at the Arizona Coyotes.

"I went into the boards hard against Arizona there," he said following practice on Friday. "I was able to finish the game, but afterward [there were] after effects, swelling and all of that damage, tissue damage. The trainers did a good job of taking care of me, and I'm ready to go for tomorrow."

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Lindholm Ready To Make NHL Debut

The Swedish defenseman was recalled from San Antonio on Monday

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--When Anton Lindholm arrived at Family Sports Center Tuesday and took part in his first Colorado Avalanche regular-season practice, he didn't give much thought about his possible NHL debut on the horizon.

Following his hour-plus session on the ice and meeting with the coaching staff, the Swedish defenseman learned his first contest will be Wednesday night when the Avs take on the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center. 

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A Little Win Can Go A Long Way

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--There's something about winning that makes life a little bit sweeter.

The air seems fresher to breathe, the world appears a little bit brighter and things just generally feel easier and more weightless.

That isn't a feeling that the Colorado Avalanche has had much of lately, and although it was only a single victory--3-1 over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes--the team still carried that special sensation with it into practice on Wednesday.

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Pickard To Start In His Hometown

The Winnipeg-raised goalie gets the nod against the Jets

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

WINNIPEG, Manitoba--Goaltender Calvin Pickard will make his second career start in his hometown when the Colorado Avalanche closes its three-game road trip on Saturday at the Winnipeg Jets, according to head coach Jared Bednar.

Pickard, who was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, but spent most of his childhood years in Winnipeg, started Colorado's only other contest in Manitoba's capital city this year, making 26 saves in a 4-1 loss on Dec. 18.

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Avalanche Ready To Move Forward With Current Group

Colorado players respond to the day's trades

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

OTTAWA, Ontario--As the Colorado Avalanche players took the ice at Canadian Tire Center on Wednesday afternoon, there was a sense of relief among the group. The NHL Trade Deadline had passed 30 minutes earlier and most the squad was still intact.

However, the two players that were absent from the hour-long session were forwards Jarome Iginla and Andreas Martinsen, both of whom were off to new clubs. Colorado acquired forward Sven Andrighetto from the Montreal Canadiens for Martinsen and nabbed a conditional fourth-round 2018 draft selection from the Los Angeles Kings for Iginla.

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Avs Focusing On What They Can Control

For the club, it's preparing for Tuesday game at Philly

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Control what you can control.

That's a lesson for both life and sport, and it's a mantra that the Colorado Avalanche has to embrace this week more than ever.

When a team struggles, trade rumors are as inevitable as a Zamboni making the ice fresh at intermission. They're nothing new to the Avs at this point, but that doesn't mean it is easy to handle, especially with the March 1 NHL trade deadline very nearly upon them

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