Today in Hockey History: Christmas Eve Edition

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Normally we’d be in the closing in on the mid-way point of the regular season, however, we’re in a different world. Last Word on Hockey is still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s […] READ MORE


Unlikely Columbus Blue Jackets Playoff Heroes

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Post-season heroes come in all forms from the star player to the unknown fourth-liner. We all know the exploits of the great playoff performers. However, we hardly hear about the unlikely playoff heroes. These unlikely post-season stars can contribute in many ways. Contributions could be for an entire playoff run, a series, a game, or […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Forwards Depth is Among League’s Best

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Forward depth is absolutely vital in the modern NHL. Teams like the Colorado Avalanche simply cannot rely on one or two lines. That means teams have had to get more creative and aggressive over the years in constructing four quality lines. Teams even need to consider how good their 13th or 14th forwards are thanks […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Announce Matt Calvert, Others Out for Game 2

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New broken by NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman show multiple line up changes for the Colorado Avalanche ahead of Monday night’s game against the Dallas Stars. According to the tweet Colorado head coach Jared Bednar says that defenceman Erik Johnson and starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer will both be out “indefinitely”.  Meanwhile forward Matt Calvert will not […] READ MORE


Columbus Blue Jackets Biggest Draft Boom and Bust since 2000

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Welcome to Last Word’s Draft Boom and Bust series. As the 2020 NHL Entry Draft approaches, we decided to examine each team’s best and worst pick since the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The biggest boom is a player that had the best value relative to where they were selected. Meaning, no one in the first […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Philipp Grubauer, Matt Calvert Out

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The Colorado Avalanche could be without Philipp Grubauer for a period of time. The 28-year-old netminder took an awkward glancing blow from one of his own teammates early in the third period in a loss to the Los Angeles Kings. This would be Grubauer’s second injury of the year if he is forced to miss […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Matt Calvert is Having a Career Year

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You’d be forgiven if you had forgotten about the Colorado Avalanche‘s Matt Calvert. The former fifth-round pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets has largely been bottom-six and penalty kill option since joining Colorado before the 2018-19 season. However, the 30-year-old has found a new gear this season and is a significant part of Colorado’s success […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Excelling Early

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It wasn’t seen as a big deal when the Colorado Avalanche signed Pierre-Edouard Bellemare from the Vegas Golden Knights this past off-season. The 34-year-old was projected to play on the team’s fourth line as well as contribute to the penalty kill. However, he has turned into something more than that early in the season and […] READ MORE


Projecting The Colorado Avalanche Lines

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Now that the front office has finished the majority of the off-season work, one issue facing head coach Jared Bednar is the question of how he will put together the Colorado Avalanche lines in 2019-20. General manager Joe Sakic brought in four new faces to improve scoring, but it is impossible to know how players will […] READ MORE


Matt Calvert Will Miss Game 3 for Colorado Avalache

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The Colorado Avalanche have announced that forward Matt Calvert is out for Game 3 with an upper-body injury. Calvert’s status was announced after the morning skate on Tuesday. That big hit on Matt Calvert late in Game 2 will force the Avalanche forward to miss Game 3. Here's the story: https://t.co/Er72biEdVp via @denverpost #Avs #SJSharks […] READ MORE