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Nathan MacKinnon named Calder Trophy finalist

Nathan MacKinnon, along with Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat have been named finalist for the NHL’s Calder Trophy, aka rookie of the year.

The 18-year-old Halifax native played in all 82 games for the Colorado Avalanche this season leading all rookies with 63 points (24g, 39a) and has seven points in the Avalanche’s first three playoff games. Unlike Johnson and Palat, who have spent time in the NHL and AHL over the last few years, MacKinnon made the jump right from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Ontario Hockey League to the Colorado Avalanche where he finished 4th in team scoring, just seven points behind the Avs’ leading scorer Matt Duchene.

If they were to base the Calder winner on stats alone MacKinnon would have it in the bag. Johnson, who played all 82 games finished with 50 points (23g, 26a), while Palat played 81 games and finished the 2013-2014 season with 59 points (23g, 36a). To keep it simple, MacKinnon has more points and assists than any other rookie skater and is tied with Johnson for goals at 24. Keep in mind MacKinnon is only 18 years old while Palat and Johnson are both 23 and the fact that MacKinnon played so well after making the jump right from juniors. In my opinion, MacKinnon wins this one easily.

Top Five Rookie Scorers in 2013-2014

4/22 - Matt Duchene back on the ice 

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Matt Cooke is the worst. When he played for the Penguins he did the exact same thing, except he went hunting for heads. I don't know why this guy is still in the league. He needs to be suspended for the rest of playoffs and part of next season. Maybe that'll knock some sense into him. The loss of Barrie is going to hurt the Avs but the other players will need to step up. If Stastny, MacKinnon and Landeskog keep clicking they way they have been, they'll be fine. Go Avs
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The Yeti Cave thanks you for your input, and we appreciate the fact that you’re looking to the team to step up in Barrie’s absence. We have opinions about the situation ourselves, and some of us echo what you’ve said. Click the Read More to read our responses.

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Ryan O’Reilly Named A Finalist for Lady Byng Trophy

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Colorado Avalanche Forward, Ryan O’Reilly has been named a finalist for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. The Lady Byng is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submit ballots at the end of the regular season. The three players who receive the most votes are deemed finalists for the award.  

The 23-year old Clinton, Ontario native is making his first Lady Byng run.  O’Reilly had 64 regular season points (28 Goals/36 Assists) in 80 games played. O’Reilly lead the Avalanche in goals with 28, power-play goals with nine and game winners with 6. He also lead the NHL in takeaways with 83. In the 80 games O’Reilly played this season, he had just one minor penalty.

O’Reilly is up against Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks and Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers. St. Louis was the 2013 winner. 

The winner will be announced at the at the NHL Awards on June 24.  

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Avs’ Tyson Barrie will be out 4-6 weeks with MCL injury after knee by Matt Cooke

In last night’s game against the Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie sustained a knee injury during the second period of the third game of Western Conference First Round at the Xcel Energy Center.

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Grandlund’s OT goal helps Minnesota win 1-0 in Game 3

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After losing back-to-back close games, Minnesota knew they had to stick to their game plan and avoid going down 0-3 in the series.  On Monday night Minnesota found a way to shut down Colorado’s high-octane offense while Semyon Varlamov made 45 saves in the Avalanche’s 1-0 loss.

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Colorado Avalanche fans, 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs

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Colorado Avalanche fans, 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs

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Game Preview:
Game Time: 5:00 PM
TV: ALTITUDE, NHLN- US

Home ice seemed to be a huge advantage for the Avalanche.  Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stastny and Nathan MacKinnon were unstoppable on Saturday night in the 4-2 win.  

Consistency in goaltending and scoring for the Avalanche has been a factor so far in this series.  Colorado has yet to be the better team in this series.  The Landeskog, MacKinnon and Stastny line clicking has been a game changer for the Avalanche.  That line was responsible for all four goals in the 5-4 win in Game 1.  When asked about that line, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy told reporters “ It’s fun to watch them. It’s pretty impressive, when you make it to the playoffs, your best players need to be your best players in order for you to have a chance to win. These three guys have done a super job.”

With the series shifting to Minnesota, the Wild will have the opportunity to make the last change.  They’ll be looking for ways to shut down the MacKinnon-Stastny-Landeskog line.  

MacKinnon has seven points so far in the series, which marks the most points in a player’s first two Stanley Cup Playoff games.  

Matt Duchene (knee) and John Mitchell (head) did travel with the team, but will not be available for Game 3.  Duchene is expected to skate on Monday, which will be the first time he has skated since sustaining his injury on March 29 against the San Jose Sharks.  Alex Tanguay is out for the remainder of the season.

MacKinnon’s four-point night gives the Avs a 2-0 series lead over the Wild

After losing a heartbreaker on Thursday night, Minnesota knew they could not let their nerves get the best of them. 

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Avalanche cage the Wild 5-4 in Game 1 OT

Paul Stastny’s two goal night puts the Avalanche on top 5-4 in a crazy overtime win for game 1 against the Wild. Coach Roy’s crazy decision to pull the goalie early payed off as the Avalanche played strong.

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The Avalanche waited until the final day of the season for their first round matchup. Colorado secured the title of Central Division Champions when the St. Louis Blues lost to the Detroit Red Wings.  The Avalanche did a complete 180 from last season, where they finished with just 16 wins and the second fewest points in the 48 game season.  

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(Source: official-nhl, via imneverbackcheck)