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2014 NHL playoffs preview: Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild

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Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche

Don’t expect goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) and the Avalanche to wilt under pressure. (Michael Martin/Getty Images)

By Brian Cazeneuve 

Regular-season recaps

Nov. 29: Avalanche 3, Wild 1

Nov. 30: Avalanche 3, Wild 2 (SO)

Dec. 14: Wild 2, Avalanche 1 (SO)

Jan. 11: Avalanche 4, Wild 2

Jan. 30: Avalanche 5, Wild 4

Notable injuries

Avalanche: F Matt Duchene (bruised knee, likely out for series), D Jan Hejda (upper body, day-to-day), F Alex Tanguay (hip surgery, out for season), D Cory Sarich (back spasms, day-to-day)

Wild: G Darcy Kuemper (upper body, day-to-day), G Josh Harding (complications from multiple sclerosis, day-to-day), Nicklas Backstrom (abdominal surgery, out for series), F Jason Zucker (quadriceps, out for series)

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2014
  • Top Line: Blackhawks get wake-up call; 2013 NHL Draft revisited; more links

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    Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks

    Marian Hossa is worried about how the Blackhawks are sleepwalking toward the playoffs. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    Marian Hossa says that the Blackhawks’ losing streak is “a wake-up call.” That can be a valuable thing at this time of year, provided that a team is willing to listen. That’s no sure thing considering the way Chicago has routinely ignored such calls this season.

    • There are ways the Avalanche can beat the Blackhawks in the playoffs, but doing so became a whole lot tougher when Matt Duchene was lost to injury.

    • Pro scouts have an easy solution to the Maple Leafs’ woes: strip the C off of Dion Phaneuf’s sweater. It’s probably a good place to start, but acquiring one or two physical, defensive-minded blueliners would have a greater impact.

    • Michael Traikos needs two hands to point fingers at everyone who deserves blame for the mess in Toronto.

    • I’m a sucker for re-draft talk, so even if Brian Costello’s look back at the 2013 NHL draft class is a bit early, it still makes for fascinating reading. Makes the Jets look pretty good, too.

    • The Bruins’ roster is going to go see some changes ahead of the playoffs.

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  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • Matt Duchene of Colorado Avalanche out four weeks with injury

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    Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche

    Matt Duchene, who leads the Avalanche with 70 points, won’t return until the playoffs. (Michael Martin/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Despite a solid 3-2 win over the Sharks, the Avalanche took a couple of lumps on Saturday night. Center Ryan O’Reilly lost his bid to make it through the entire season penalty-free when he was called for, of all things, playing with a broken stick. (Come on, stripes, it was a bogus call and you know it.) And first-line center Matt Duchene skated all of one shift before he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn and was forced him to leave the game.

    As it turns out, the Duchene incident will have an impact going forward.

    Colorado announced at practice on Monday morning that Duchene, the club’s leading scorer, will miss approximately four weeks with a knee injury. With the playoffs two weeks away and a postseason date with the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks all but booked, it’s not exactly the most fortuitous timing.

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  • Published On Mar 31, 2014
  • Matt Duchene leaves with left knee injury as Avalanche clinch playoff spot

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    By Amy Lilek

    The Colorado Avalanche punched their ticket to the playoffs today, but they did it without one of their key players.

    Center Matt Duchene injured his left knee in a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn on his first shift just 32 seconds into the game against the San Jose Sharks. He limped straight to the bench but soon left for the dressing room and did not return.

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  • Published On Mar 29, 2014
  • Top Line: Power shift in Sochi; Subban, Duchene in for Canada; more links

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    P.K> Subban and John Tavares of Team Canada

    Will Team Canada turn swift defender P.K. Subban (left) loose now that he’s in the lineup? (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • And the bodies keep falling for Sweden. Henrik Zetterberg’s bad back has him “in a great deal of discomfort,” forcing him to pull out of the Olympics. It’s another tough break for the Swedes, whose forward corps is now thinner than Mats Sundin’s hair. No telling yet how this could impact Zetterberg’s ability to return to action for the Red Wings when the Olympic break ends.

    • Corey Masisak says that Zetterberg’s absence shifts the balance of power in the Sochi tournament.

    • USA Hockey has announced  its starting goalie for tomorrow’s key game against Russia.

    • It was pretty much a given that P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene, Canada’s Game 1 scratches, would draw in for Friday’s contest against Austria. The question was, who would come out after the 3-1 win over Norway? No real surprise that Dan Hamhuis was scratched on the back end, but the decision to send Patrick Sharp to the press box is a bit of a head scratcher. Rick Nash would have been the obvious choice after his uninspired effort, but with Subban ready to assume Sharp’s power play spot on the point, the Blackhawks forward might have been the easiest to excise.

    • Will we see Subban get the green light for Canada the way Erik Karlsson has for Sweden? The mobility of Canada’s D was key to yesterday’s victory, and that style is right in Norris Trophy winner’s wheelhouse.

    • Ken Campbell lists five things we learned from Canada’s first game of its gold medal defense.

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  • Published On Feb 14, 2014
  • Top Line: No record for Winter Classic; Capitals in crisis; more links

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    Fans at the 2014 NHL Winter Classic

    The game time temperature at the Winter Classic was 13 degrees with a zero wind chill. (Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Nick Cotsonika reported late Friday that Guinness officials would not certify the attendance at the Winter Classic as a new world record. Enough tickets were sold to break the mark, but bad weather kept just enough people away from the Big House to scuttle the league’s chances at the mark.

    • Too many mistakes, too many penalties and an impotent offense have the Washington Capitals mired in a potentially season-defining losing streak.

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  • Published On Jan 25, 2014
  • Heartbreak and joy: Players (and others) react to Team Canada roster

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    Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning

    Martin St. Louis was just one of the players controversially left off of the Team Canada roster. (Marko Ditkun/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A sampling of some online reaction to Tuesday’s announcement of Team Canada’s roster for the Sochi Olympics:

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    “I’m hopeful we can get through this and continue. He is a guy who I want to finish his career [in Tampa Bay] and I’m hopeful that somehow we can be fortunate enough to win a Stanley Cup. There’s not much I can say. I can’t apologize. We’ve got to make these decisions.”
    Steve Yzerman on not selecting Martin St. Louis

    “It was a little emotional when he got the news. It’s tough. I don’t know what more you can do or expect from him to be able to make this team. For me it’s tough to see Marty as upset as he was. He may not admit it, but he’s worked extremely hard to try to get an opportunity to get himself in the mix.”
    Steven Stamkos on St. Louis’ reaction

    “It’s tough today. It’s obviously disappointing. It was one of my dreams to be playing for Team Canada. I did the best I could and I didn’t make it.”
    Claude Giroux, on being passed over for Team Canada

    “He was ecstatic. When you make calls like that, it’s fun to be part of it.”
    Peter Chiarelli on breaking the news to Matt Duchene

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  • Published On Jan 07, 2014
  • Top Line: More ugly cheap shots; Martin Jones of Kings still perfect; more links

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    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Adam Oates thought this was a good hit. George McPhee loved it. I suspect their feelings might be somewhat different if the player on the receiving end in the video above had been Alex Ovechkin instead of Brayden Schenn. Gotta believe there’s supplemental discipline coming for this one. Schenn turns slightly just before contact is made, and that might mitigate the actual sentence, but this is a nasty, reckless hit that was all about causing maximum damage rather than separating a player from the puck. My guess is that we won’t see Wilson again until well after Christmas.

    • Give the Red Wings credit: you didn’t hear anyone step up to defend this Kyle Quincey hit on Ryan Getzlaf. It was less vicious, but no less dangerous. Have to believe that Brendan Shanahan will want to talk with the Detroit defender after this one.

    • Steve Simmons writes that the latest injury suffered by Montreal enforcer George Parros illustrates the continuing human tragedy that results from allowing fighting to continue in hockey. Even as a pro-fighting advocate, I’ll admit that Simmons makes the case against fighting as eloquently as anyone.

    • Jarome Iginla says that the gruesome finger injury he suffered on Saturday night kinda freaked him out, but “it looked worse than it was.” From this, I surmise that Iginla has a different standard for gauging the severity of injuries than I do.

    • Martin Jones earned his third shutout in six starts as his record in the NHL remained perfect. He’s got his eyes set now on Bob Froese’s record of eight consecutive wins to start a career.

    • Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said Tuesday that he won’t make changes simply to silence his critics. That makes sense. What he might want to consider, though, is making changes because his team can’t hold a third-period lead against the Sabres. Patience, faith, trust … these are all necessary qualities for a general manager, but a functioning nose is important, too. If his can’t detect the stench coming off his team this season, he might want to get his schnozz checked out.

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  • Published On Dec 18, 2013
  • Top Line: Patrick Kane for MVP; Calgary GM situation update; more links

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    Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is a leading candidate for the 2013-14 Hart Trophy

    Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane should add to his trophy collection this season. (Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Patrick Kane has already won two Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Calder Trophy … and that was all before the Blackhawks’ winger began playing the best hockey of his career. Trailing Sidney Crosby by just one point in the scoring race, the Art Ross is within his reach this season … and so is the Hart.

    • Much virtual ink has been spilled during the past 24 hours about the Flames’ front office situation after the team fired GM Jay Feaster. Here’s a look at some of the best work:

    Eric Duhatschek examines the candidacy of former Calgary great Joe Nieuwendyk to replace Feaster, and says that the Stars GM might be better equipped for success as a result of his struggles in Dallas. But former teammate Marty Turco says that Nieuwy isn’t interested.

    • Brian Costello says it was Feaster’s poor record at the trade table that sealed his fate.

    • Scott Cruickshank notes that, amid all the hubbub, coach Bob Hartley was given a vote of confidence that ensures he will at least finish out the season behind the Flames’ bench. And George Johnson says that while president of hockey operations (and acting GM) Brian Burke covets obstreperous players, there will be room for small, skill guys as well. Burke went to some length to prove it.

    • Is the NFL about to steal one of the NHL’s greatest innovations?

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  • Published On Dec 13, 2013
  • Matt Duchene is fast. Really, really fast.

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    By Allan Muir

    I was kibbitzing with a couple of hockey folks last week about Team Canada and the likelihood that one player in particular would earn a chance to wear the maple leaf in Sochi.

    Surprisingly, both expressed reservations about Matt Duchene making the club.

    “Just not sure he’s there yet,” said one. “They have so many options up front,” said the other. “Has he done enough to stand out from crowd? I’m not so sure.”

    To me, Duchene is all but a lock at this point. He’s versatile enough to play the wing. He’s stronger on the puck than ever and diligent at both ends of the ice. He’s matured into a tremendous leader.

    And then there’s his speed.

    Duchene is fast. Really, really fast, as you can see from watching his goal in last night’s game against the Predators.

    Think that kind of speed might be useful on the big ice?

    MUIR: Team USA/Team Canada Sochi Goalie Power Rankings

  • Published On Nov 07, 2013