Avalanche gameday: Colorado at two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Jonathan Bernier will start in goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday and the Avalanche will again go with an 11-forward, seven-defenseman lineup for the third consecutive game. First-year Avs winger Nail Yakupov, the first pick of the 2012 draft, by Edmonton, will be scratched for the third consecutive game, but this time because of illness. He was the only player to not participate in Monday’s morning skate

Everything you need to know about Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins

COLORADO AT PITTSBURGH, 5 p.m. Monday, ALT, 950 AM Spotlight on Phil Kessel The highly durable Penguins’ leading scorer in on pace to play every regular-season game for the eighth consecutive season. As a top-six winger, Kessel remarkably hasn’t been too banged up since 2009-10 when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kessel, 30, has 310 career goals and is on pace for his fifth 30-goal season. In his playoff

The Morning After: Three stars, five takeaways from the Avalanche’s victory at Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Avalanche snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday night with a 7-3 triumph at Florida. Spoke to Joe Sakic tonight after #Avs‘ 7-3 win at FLA & updated this story about Tyson Jost and Sam Girard not likely being loaned to Hockey Canada for WJC https://t.co/sNGqzA2XQ3 via @denverpost — Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) December 10, 2017 THREE STARS Nathan MacKinnon. His super-skilled goal that tied it 2-2 got

San Antonio Rampage, Avs’ AHL affiliate, celebrates Star Wars night with rebel flight suit jerseys

The San Antonio Rampage, the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, celebrated their Star Wars night by donning jerseys paying homage to the movie’s classic rebel flight suits on Saturday. The Force was strong in Texas as forward Rocco Grimaldi tallied two goals early in the first period against the visiting Bakersfield Condors. He completed the hat trick in the third period en route to a 5-2 Rampage victory. Under 3 hours until

Nail Yakupov scratched for second consecutive game by Avalanche

SUNRISE, Fla. — First-year Avalanche forward Nail Yakupov, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Saturday against the Florida Panthers. “I like what some other guys are doing better,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said after an optional morning skate at BB&T Center. Yakupov, 24, signed a modest one-year, $875,000 contract with Colorado on July 4. He scored seven goals in

Avalanche defeats Florida to snap a four-game losing streak

SUNRISE, Fla. — For an Avalanche team that had lost its last four games and hadn’t scored more that two goals in regulation in its previous seven, winning 7-3 at the Florida Panthers on Saturday night was sweet relief. Colorado’s last two goals were scored on an empty-net, but the first five were of the satisfying workmanlike variety — and two came within 47 seconds of the pivotal second period.

Chambers: NHL, Avalanche youth movement has meant fewer hotel expenses, more scoring

SUNRISE, Fla. — NHL scoring has significantly increased from this time last season and teams are paying less in hotel expenses. The Avalanche is a prime example of those dissimilar trends. So what does scoring and hotels have to do with each other? Young players are behind the scoring spike and all players in their entry-level contracts must have a roommate on the road. For the Avs — the NHL’s

Everything you need to know about Colorado Avalanche at Florida Panthers

COLORADO AT FLORIDA, 5 p.m. Saturday, ALT, 950 AM Spotlight on Jonathan Huberdeau The Panthers’ left wing from Saint-Jerome, Quebec, had three assists Thursday in a 6-4 victory over visiting Winnipeg for his fourth three-point game of the season. Huberdeau, 24, who already is in his sixth NHL season, has registered 29 points (eight goals) in 28 games, including seven points (six assists) in his last five. Tied for first with

NHL says it will consider Seattle expansion bid

MANALAPAN, Fla. — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league’s board of governors agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle. Bettman said the expansion fee has been set at $650 million for Seattle, which would become the league’s 32nd team, if approved. He made the announcement Thursday after the first day of the board of governors meeting. “We’ve agreed as a league to take and consider an expansion application,

The Morning After: Three stars, five takeaways from the Avalanche’s loss at Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first NHL team to reach 20 victories Thursday when it defeated the Avalanche 5-2 at Amalie Arena. THREE STARS Steven Stamkos. Bolts captain had a goal and two assists. Vlad Namestnikov. Also had a goal and three points for Tampa Bay. Erik Johnson. Avs defenseman logged a team-high 28:31 and scored a goal to tie it 2-2. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE

Avalanche uses seven-defensemen, 11-forward lineup at Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. — Patrik Nemeth returned from a 12-game injury absence and served as one of the Avalanche’s seven defensemen Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Colorado, which was beginning a four-game trip against the NHL’s best team, went with an extra defenseman and one less forward, partly to ease Nemeth back into the lineup. His back injury required a patient recovery and he only resumed skating

Avalanche loses fourth straight to begin four-game trip

TAMPA, Fla. — Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog scored on his first shift in his first game back from serving a four-game suspension, but Colorado couldn’t keep pace with what is considered the NHL’s best team Thursday at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos had a goal and three points in the Lightning’s 5-2 victory — pinning the Avalanche with its fourth consecutive loss. Former Avs goalie Peter Budaj got

Avalanche gameday: Patrik Nemeth returns from 12-game absence

TAMPA, Fla. — Patrik Nemeth will return from a 12-game injury absence and serve as one of the Avalanche’s seven defensemen in Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Colorado, which is beginning a four-game trip against the NHL’s best team, is going with an extra defenseman and one less forward, partly to ease Nemeth back into the lineup. His back injury required a patient recovery and

Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog returns from suspension, vows to keep his stick down

TAMPA, Fla. — Avalanche left wing and team captain Gabe Landeskog will return to the lineup here Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning after serving a four-game suspension and watching his team go 1-3 at home in his absence. The Avs, who lost to lowly Buffalo, 4-2, on Tuesday to finish 1-4 on their homestand, didn’t practice Wednesday but Landeskog spoke to The Denver Post after the wearisome loss to the

Everything you need to know about Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning

COLORADO AT TAMPA BAY, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, ALT, 950 AM Spotlight on: Mikhail Sergachev. The Lightning’s 19-year-old defenseman has six goals, showing the elite ability to join the rush and be a responsible defender. Sergachev was acquired from Montreal during the offseason in a trade for young forward Jonathan Drouin, giving Tampa Bay a puck-moving defenseman to play with veteran blue liners Victor Hedman, Braydon Coburn, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi. Sergachev, a Russian,

Avalanche tweaks its lineup in final game of homestand

The Avalanche recalled Rocco Grimaldi from San Antonio of the American Hockey League after practice Monday and the 5-foot-6 forward played right wing with center Colin Wilson and left winger Sven Andrighetto in Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. It’s the second stint of the season for Grimaldi, who played five games with Colorado last month — including the two-game trip against Ottawa in Sweden. “He was tenacious on pucks,”

The Morning After: Three stars, five takeaways from the Avalanche’s loss to Buffalo

The Avalanche lost 4-2 to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, finishing the five-game homestand 1-4. THREE STARS Evander Kane. Game-winning goal for the Sabres’ leading scorer. Nathan MacKinnon. Two power-play goals for the Avalanche. Ryan O’Reilly. Had two points, and his caused turnover and assist on Buffalo’s shorthanded goal gave the visitors a 1-0 lead. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED Tyson Barrie played a team-high 27:24 and was minus-2.

Avalanche falls to NHL’s worst, Buffalo, to end disappointing homestand

The NHL cellar-dwelling Buffalo Sabres entered the Pepsi Center having scored one goal in their previous four games, yet they seemingly scored at will Tuesday in a game they never trailed. The Sabres took leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 — pulling ahead each time the Avalanche tied it — and went on to defeat the struggling hosts 4-2. Colorado, which won seven of its first eight games in Denver,

Pure power: How Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon’s stride turned him into the NHL’s hottest player

DNA applies to hockey. No two players skate the same, although the ideal skating stride is taught universally. Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche’s 22-year-old center and NHL player of the month for November, is an exceptional skater with an extraordinarily powerful stride. If he had a nickname, Two Steps would apply. That’s all he needs to blow past a defender. “Fastest skater I’ve ever played with,” linemate Mikko Rantanen said of