Golden Knights, Avalanche appear to be teams to beat in West — The Denver Post

The Vegas Golden Knights have made deep playoff runs in three of their four years and are used to being looked at as the team to beat in the Western Conference. Advancing in the postseason, though, is not going to satisfy a young franchise that lost in the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season…

Golden Knights, Avalanche appear to be teams to beat in West — The Denver Post

Defenseman Jack Johnson, 950-game NHL veteran, relishes opportunity for another shot at Cup: “You only have so many chances” — The Denver Post

Veteran defenseman Jack Johnson, a family man, is in a precarious position with the Avalanche. The No. 3 overall selection from the 2005 draft is on a professional tryout contract (PTO), looking to extend his 14-year NHL career and get one more shot at the Stanley Cup. If he plays well in Tuesday’s preseason opener…

Defenseman Jack Johnson, 950-game NHL veteran, relishes opportunity for another shot at Cup: “You only have so many chances” — The Denver Post

Avalanche facing key free agent decisions, starting with Gabe Landeskog — The Denver Post

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic is fine with 11th-hour re-signings of free agents this year, and he’s not opposed to bringing them back after the final hour. After all, allowing a player to talk to another team doesn’t mean that player will leave Colorado. So, if the salary cap-strapped Avs don’t agree to terms with…

Avalanche facing key free agent decisions, starting with Gabe Landeskog — The Denver Post

Golden Knights buried by Avalanche in series opener — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, and the Golden Knights had no answer for the Avalanche’s top line in a lopsided loss in the West Division final.

Golden Knights buried by Avalanche in series opener — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Avalanche sweeps Kings, wins Presidents’ Trophy with NHL’s best record — The Denver Post

Bring on the Blues. In the finale of the abbreviated 56-game season, the Avalanche stormed back from an early deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 at Ball Arena on Thursday night. A five-goal second period sparked Colorado’s fifth consecutive victory to finish the regular season and first President’s Trophy in 20 years as…

Avalanche sweeps Kings, wins Presidents’ Trophy with NHL’s best record — The Denver Post

A 3-0 finish nets Avalanche the West Division title, Presidents’ Trophy — The Denver Post

Monday night’s West Division showdown in Las Vegas between the Golden Knights and Avalanche is the NHL’s biggest game in the final week before the playoffs. If the division-leading Knights win at T-Mobile Arena, they win the West and clinch the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best record and will have home-ice advantage throughout the…

A 3-0 finish nets Avalanche the West Division title, Presidents’ Trophy — The Denver Post

Kings games postponed after 3rd member of Avalanche franchise tests positive for COVID-19 — Daily Breeze

The Avalanche is shutting down operations through Tuesday after after a third member of the franchise tested positive for COVID-19. Following the third positive test, Colorado canceled its morning skate Friday ahead of the night’s scheduled game against the Kings at Ball Arena. 419 more words

Kings games postponed after 3rd member of Avalanche franchise tests positive for COVID-19 — Daily Breeze

NHL trade deadline 2021 winners and losers — The Denver Post

Through Sunday’s games, the Avalanche’s 60 points led the West Division by four (over Vegas) and the NHL by one (over Toronto). General manager Joe Sakic worked ahead of Monday’s 1 p.m. trade deadline by acquiring defenseman Patrik Nemeth from Detroit and goalie Devan Dubnyk from San Jose last Friday and Saturday, respectively. He added…

NHL trade deadline 2021 winners and losers — The Denver Post

Avalanche can withstand long injury list to forwards and defensemen. But goaltending depth is exposed. — The Denver Post

Producing three of four points in a two-game weekend set would be acceptable for most hockey teams. But the Avalanche can’t be happy with its results at Ball Arena against the Anaheim Ducks over the weekend. Both games went into overtime. Both teams won a game and produced three points in the series. That’s a…

Avalanche can withstand long injury list to forwards and defensemen. But goaltending depth is exposed. — The Denver Post

Nazem Kadri scores late goal as Avalanche downs Vegas Golden Knights — The Denver Post

Nazem Kadri scored with 39.7 seconds left in the third period Tuesday to give the Avalanche a 3-2 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Rookie defenseman Bo Byram threw the puck to the net from the blue line, forward Joonas Donskoi got a stick on the puck and Kadri buried the rebound…

Nazem Kadri scores late goal as Avalanche downs Vegas Golden Knights — The Denver Post

Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog added to COVID-19 absence list — The Denver Post

Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog on Thursday was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol absence list, joining teammate Tyson Jost. Both will presumably be unavailable to travel with the team or play in this weekend’s consecutive-game stretch at St. Louis. The Avs did not practice Thursday in place of playing the Minnesota Wild at Ball Arena.…

Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog added to COVID-19 absence list — The Denver Post

Avalanche grinds out 2-1 win over Minnesota behind defense, depth scoring — The Denver Post

The Avalanche had to do it differently Tuesday night. In their first game without injured superstar Nathan MacKinnon, the Avs couldn’t count on the perennial Hart Trophy candidate to provide his elite skills in all three zones. They were forced to accept the fact they must learn to win without MacKinnon because, according to coach…

Avalanche grinds out 2-1 win over Minnesota behind defense, depth scoring — The Denver Post