Former Oilers forward Nail Yakupov sits for Avalanche

Avalanche forward Nail Yakupov, the first pick in the 2012 draft, by Edmonton, was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game and seventh for the season Sunday. Yakupov also was the odd-forward out Friday in a 6-1 loss at Winnipeg. Rookie forward A.J. Greer played in that game and was reassigned to the minors Saturday, but Nathan MacKinnon came off injured reserve to replace Greer’s roster spot. The Avalanche’s other

Connor McDavid’s hat trick, Oilers end Avalanche’s home winning streak

Edmonton captain Connor McDavid produced a hat trick Sunday and Ryan Strome broke a tie with 6:42 remaining to power the Oilers to a 4-2 victory at the Pepsi Center. McDavid’s third goal was an empty-netter with 1:26 to play. The triumph snapped Edmonton’s six-game losing streak and put an end to Colorado’s 10-game winning streak at home. The Avs lost two defensemen to injury during the game. Rookie Anton

Chambers: Avalanche approaches NHL trade deadline with uncertainty

The Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline is approaching and the Avalanche is close enough to taste the playoffs just a year after being the laughingstock of the league. Shockingly, the Avs are in position to be a buyer at the deadline, a year after it hardly had anything to sell. They had good players a year ago but nobody was playing well and the team seemed contaminated by a losing

Nathan MacKinnon cleared to play as the Avalanche begins a 25-game playoff push

The Avalanche will get its best player back Sunday afternoon when it hosts Edmonton at the Pepsi Center. Center Nathan MacKinnon, who was the NHL’s second-leading scorer when he went down with a shoulder injury Jan. 30 at Vancouver, completed a full practice Saturday and was cleared to return from an eight-game absence. He will return playing with wingers Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen in what has been one of

Quick return to Winnipeg for Avalanche

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — The Colorado Avalanche completed a quick one-game road trip Friday night with its fourth and final meeting of the season with the Winnipeg Jets. The Avs entered the game 2-1-0 against their division foes this season, with both wins coming at home in overtime. Currently on a franchise-best 10-game winning streak at Pepsi Center — the longest home winning streak in the NHL this season — Colorado returned to

Avalanche’s struggles on road continue with loss to Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — The road woes continued for the Colorado Avalanche, dominated by the Winnipeg Jets 6-1 in its fourth and final meeting of the season. Friday’s loss a Bell MTS Place came on the heels of a 3-0 defeat in Winnipeg just two weeks ago. Mikko Rantanen scored the lone Colorado goal, unassisted for his 18th, with a wraparound late in the third period to avoid the shutout. The Avs

Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon close to returning, but won’t play Friday at Winnipeg

Nathan MacKinnon and Blake Comeau, two of the Avalanche’s top-six forwards who have been shelved with injuries, participated in an optional practice Thursday with regular sweaters. Both appeared to be cleared to return to the lineup, but only Comeau would travel with the team to Winnipeg to play against the Jets on Friday. MacKinnon, who will miss his eighth straight game with a shoulder injury Friday, is “questionable” to play

The Morning After: Three stars, five takeaways from the Avalanche’s victory over Montreal

The Avalanche defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center. The game story looks at Colorado’s club-record 10th consecutive triumph at home. THREE STARS Semyon Varlamov. Avs goalie had a 43-save shutout. Carl Soderberg. Had the game-winning goal and was 10-4 in faceoffs in 19:39. Erik Johnson. Was plus-2 in logging a team-high 27:11. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED The Avalanche improved to 11-2-1 at home against

Avalanche scores first, then relies on Semyon Varlamov in victory over Montreal

Scoring the game’s first goal had led to a club-record nine consecutive home victories for the Avalanche, so to be sure, getting the first one Wednesday was atop Colorado’s game plan. The Avs got it, thanks to center Carl Soderberg, and goalie Semyon Varlamov shut the door in a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Pepsi Center. Colorado collected its 10th consecutive win at home against a team

Gabriel Bourque, reassigned to the minors to begin the season, dons an “A” for the Avalanche

Quebec-born journeyman forward Gabriel Bourque, who began the season in the minor leagues, will don an “A” on his chest for the third consecutive game Wednesday when the Avalanche hosts the Montreal Canadiens. Bourque, 27, is coach Jared Bednar’s second choice to replace Nathan MacKinnon as alternate captain. MacKinnon will miss his seventh game with a shoulder injury Wednesday and fellow forward Blake Comeau will miss his third straight with

Before winning the bronze, Olympian Mirai Nagasu was an ice girl for the Colorado Avalanche

PyeongChang current time None of the current Colorado Avalanche players are participating in the Winter Olympics, but one former member of the organization made history in PyeongChong. Mirai Nagasu helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the figure skating team event on Monday. Nagasu was an ice girl for the Avs during the 2015-16 season. Nagasu, 24, became the just the third American woman to land a triple axel

Everything you need to know about Montreal at Avalanche

MONTREAL AT COLORADO, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, ALT, 950 AM Spotlight: Victor Mete. The Canadiens’ rookie defenseman, 19, is still looking for his first career NHL goal, but he’s established himself as one of the best late-round draft picks of the 2016 class. Only rookie forward Jesper Bratt of the New Jersey Devils has played more NHL games (54) than Mete (40). Mete was selected in the fourth round (No. 100

Injured Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon is back on the ice, but he won’t play vs. Montreal

Avalanche star center Nathan MacKinnon practiced Tuesday as if he was close to playing. Donning a red non-contact jersey, the team’s leading scorer was the first one on the ice in a pre-practice skate and was the last player to leave the ice after practice. Here’s Nathan MacKinnon just now before #Avs practice, exactly two weeks after his shoulder injury. Was supposed to miss 2-4 weeks. He looks close but

Former Avalanche Wojtek Wolski playing for Canada at Winter Olympics after breaking neck

PyeongChang current time GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Wojtek Wolski feared the worst. “I thought I was paralyzed,” Wolski said. It was an innocent enough play in an early season Kontinental Hockey League game. Wolski dived to poke the puck away from Vladimir Markelov, who slid and inadvertently knocked him head-first into the boards, breaking his neck. Wolski lay motionless on the ice for minutes with a broken neck and had

Avalanche foe Sabres play without star center Jack Eichel

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Coach Jared Bednar and the Avalanche have experienced what it’s like to play without their top scorer, netting just nine goals in five games since Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon went out with a shoulder injury. The Buffalo Sabres are about to learn what that’s like, too. The Sabres announced before Sunday’s game against the Avs that star center Jack Eichel would be out indefinitely with a high-ankle sprain

Avalanche holds on to defeat Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. – At this point in the season, an ugly win will do just fine for an Avalanche team looking to stay afloat in the playoff race. The Avalanche gave up two short-handed goals and nearly blew a three-goal lead in the third period, but escaped Buffalo by downing the lowly Sabres 5-4 on Sunday night at KeyBank Center. Colin Wilson had a goal and an assist while five different

Carolina special place for Avalanche assistant coach Nolan Pratt

RALEIGH, N.C. — It has been 25 years since Colorado assistant coach Nolan Pratt was drafted by the Hartford Whalers. “I do remember that draft day and it does seem like that long ago … time flies for sure,” Pratt said. The former NHL defenseman was back in a building this weekend he helped open as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes in 1999. Pratt wasn’t in Raleigh long. He

Chambers: NHL players can only dream of playing in these Olympics

The very reason Dominic Toninato refused to sign with Toronto is why the Minnesota native is not eligible to play for Team USA at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The Leafs only offered Toninato an American Hockey League contract last summer, so he chose to play the “college card” and become an unrestricted free agent Aug. 16. Toninato, a four-year Minnesota-Duluth standout who served as team captain last season as a

Avalanche loses at Carolina, now 2-3 without Nathan MacKinnon

RALEIGH, N.C. – Suddenly, the offense has dried up for the Colorado Avalanche at the most inopportune time. Colorado remained on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture after losing 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night, falling to 2-3 without leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon, who is out with a shoulder injury. MacKinnon can’t get back soon enough for the Avalanche (29-21-4), who have scored just five goals in their

WATCH: Gabe Landeskog and Brayden Schenn’s weird, shirtless fight

It’s not often that two players drop the gloves and fight three seconds into an NHL game. But that’s exactly what happened Thursday night in St. Louis as Colorado Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog and Blues center Brayden Schenn dropped their gloves moments after the opening face-off. But it wasn’t spontaneous. The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers reported the two arranged the fight before the game: “He wanted it. He asked me,