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Mile High Sticking Oct 6, 2017

Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene Staying Strong for the Team

The Colorado Avalanche have a disciplined and proud player in center Matt Duchene, who is taking a classy stand against the media. Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored the season-opening goal against the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden. It wasn’t one of his trademark breakaway goals — it was, in fact, and ugly […] Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene Staying Strong for the Team - Mile High Sticking - Mile High Sticking - A Colorado Avalanche Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Mile High Hockey Oct 6, 2017
Colorado Avalanche defense will look different in game two

Colorado Avalanche defense will look different in game two

Nikita Zadorov confirms he will be in the lineup on Saturday and he might be paired with another new face Though they won the game, the Colorado Avalanche defense left a lot to be desired last night. The team gave up a lot of scoring chances and the Rangers possessed the puck for most of the third period. Luckily Semyon Varlamov was outstanding and was able to steal the game for the Avs. It looks like Saturday afternoon, the Avs will go with a different lineup than in the opener. Nikita Zadorov confirmed that he will be in the lineup against New Jersey after being a healthy scratch last...
Blueshirt Banter Oct 6, 2017
Rangers Vs. Avalanche: Not Their Night

Rangers Vs. Avalanche: Not Their Night

Sometimes it just isn’t your night. You can say the Rangers were sloppy. You can say they were disjointed. You could easily say they’re going to need some time to find chemistry with one another. I think all of that factored into why they lost the game Thursday night. However, I also think you could watch that game and surmise that, even though the Rangers didn’t play their best hockey, they should have won that game. Sergei Varlamov was outstanding, and was easily the difference for Colorado, especially in the third period where the Rangers attacked the Avalanche at will. It...
Mile High Hockey Oct 6, 2017
Morning Flurries: Avalanche steal the opener and an old friend is on waivers

Morning Flurries: Avalanche steal the opener and an old friend is on waivers

Colorado Avalanche beat the Rangers despite being badly outplayed. Well, the Colorado Avalanche season is underway and what a way to kick things off. The Avs went into Madison Square Garden and stole a win from the Rangers thanks to some incredible play by Semyon Varlamov. If last night’s game is any indication, this is going to be one exciting season. The Avs were clearly ok with trading scoring chances most of the game and it led to some high-paced .hockey It seems like coach Bednar’s way of getting around a below average blueline is to play a brand of fire-wagon hockey that utilizes...
Mile High Sticking Oct 6, 2017

Colorado Avalanche Goalie Semyon Varlamov Appears Back in Form

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov carried the team for much of the game against the Rangers, thus showing that he’s back to form. The Colorado Avalanche went into their first game with a lot of questions in the balance. One of the big ones was how will goalie Semyon Varlamov bounce back after having season-ending […] Colorado Avalanche Goalie Semyon Varlamov Appears Back in Form - Mile High Sticking - Mile High Sticking - A Colorado Avalanche Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blueshirt Banter Oct 6, 2017
Bantering Points: The Season Is Over Edition

Bantering Points: The Season Is Over Edition

News and notes for Friday, October 6th, 2017 The Rangers opened their season in style last night, dropping their home opener to last year’s 30th ranked Colorado Avalanche team. New York’s season isn’t even 24 hours old, and they’re already on pace to surpass the 74-75 Washington Capitals for the worst record in NHL history. Here are today’s news and link: Rangers News: Highlights: COL 4, NYR 2 (4:09 video via NHL.com) Game Recap: Henrik Lundqvist picked up right where he left off last season, getting outplayed by Semyon Varlamov and spoiling Kevin Shattenkirk’s Broadway debut...
New York Post Oct 6, 2017
This wasn’t the homecoming Kevin Shattenkirk envisioned

This wasn’t the homecoming Kevin Shattenkirk envisioned

It was a bittersweet return home for Kevin Shattenkirk, as the kid from New Rochelle who grew up rooting for the Rangers made his debut for the Blueshirts during their season-opening 4-2 loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night at the Garden. “I think the result still stings right now,” Shattenkirk said after he finished...
Mile High Hockey Oct 5, 2017
MHH Post-Game: Varlamov carries Avs to 4-2 victory

MHH Post-Game: Varlamov carries Avs to 4-2 victory

Colorado beats New York in the season opener behind Varly’s 37-save gem. The Avalanche opened the 2017-2018 season tonight looking more like the 2013-2014 version of the team. Colorado leaned heavily on timely saves from Semyon Varlamov to gut out a 4-2 road victory over the New York Rangers at MSG. Recap 1st Period The Avs came out quick like they have much of the preseason, and both teams traded early chances created by speed through the neutral zone. The Rangers set an early physical tone when Brady Skjei decked Gabriel Landeskog, who would be on the receiving end of more physical play...
Blueshirt Banter Oct 5, 2017
Rangers Vs. Avalanche: Varlamov Silences Rangers On Opening Night

Rangers Vs. Avalanche: Varlamov Silences Rangers On Opening Night

The Colorado Avalanche spoiled the opening night festivities tonight at Madison Square Garden, and defeated the New York Rangers by a final score of 4-2. Given the large roster turnover this season, it took the Rangers sometime to find their game and there were some defensive miscues. But despite that, the Rangers were by and far the better team this evening in the offensive zone. Semyon Varlamov was an absolute monster in the blue paint tonight, and stole two points for the visiting Avalanche. As mentioned above, with the expected adjustment period early in the game, the Rangers found...
Newsday Oct 5, 2017

Not a showy start for Rangers rookie Filip Chytil

It was an inauspicious start Thursday night against the Avalanche for an understandably nervous 18-year-old Filip Chytil -- the youngest Rangers forward or defenseman to play in a game since 1999.
Tyson Barrie, Avalanche beat New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden

Tyson Barrie, Avalanche beat New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden

Goalie Semyon Varlamov was perfect in even-strength, center Matt Duchene scored a goal and the seemingly dysfunctional Avalanche won its season opener Thursday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
New York Daily News Oct 5, 2017
Rangers stunned by Avalanche, 4-2, in season opener

Rangers stunned by Avalanche, 4-2, in season opener

There are 81 more of these for the Rangers, but this was an inauspicious start to their new season.
Newsday Oct 5, 2017

Kevin Shattenkirk has huge entourage for his Rangers debut

By his last estimate, Kevin Shattenkirk's entourage was up to around 120 people Thursday morning. They were all coming to watch his Rangers debut against the Avalanche later that night, and the horde of well-wishers included friends and family -- people who watched him grow up in New Rochelle, the kid who loved the Rangers and idolized Brian Leetch.
Newsday Oct 5, 2017

Rangers vs. Avalanche

The Rangers host the Colorado Avalanche in their 2017-18 season opener on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Newsday Oct 5, 2017

Shattenkirk, Chytil get chance to shine in Rangers debut

Six players will make their Rangers debuts tonight against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden -- rookie Filip Chytil, defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Tony DeAngelo, forwards David Desharnais and Paul Carey, and backup goaltender Ondrej Pavelec -- but any long-term success largely rests on returning players.
Mile High Hockey Oct 5, 2017
Morning Flurries: Let the games begin

Morning Flurries: Let the games begin

It’s time for some real hockey It’s that glorious time of year. The NHL season is underway and we get our first taste of Colorado Avalanche hockey tonight. The Avs are in New York for a season opener in Madison Square Garden against the Rangers but before they got on the plane to NYC, there was another roster move to be made. The Avs placed veteran forward Joe Colborne on waivers yesterday morning. The move came as a surprise since rosters had to be submitted to the league the previous night - if nothing else it’s odd timing. In other roster news, it looks as though former Avalanche...
Mile High Sticking Oct 5, 2017

Colorado Avalanche: 3 Storylines vs New York Rangers

The Colorado Avalanche face the New York Rangers in New York for both team’s season opener. The Colorado Avalanche start out their season with a three-game roadie to the East Coast. Their first stop is historic Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers. Our sister site, Blue Line Station, held an exclusive interview […] Colorado Avalanche: 3 Storylines vs New York Rangers - Mile High Sticking - Mile High Sticking - A Colorado Avalanche Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blueshirt Banter Oct 5, 2017
Bantering Points: 10/5/17

Bantering Points: 10/5/17

For the first time in nearly five months, the Rangers will play a meaningful game of hockey tonight, as they welcome the Colorado Avalanche to Madison Square Garden to kick off the 2017-18 season. Here are today’s news and links: Rangers News: Larry Brooks believes that Mats Zuccarello has earned his new title of “Alternate Captain” (NY Post) Steve Serby went one-on-one with Kevin Shattenkirk to discuss his homecoming, Brian Leetch, and more (NY Post) Brett Cyrgalis points out that at least one half of Jeff Gorton’s return for his former #1 center will be in the lineup tonight...
New York Post Oct 5, 2017
Rangers’ opener is here: Time to see how they stack up

Rangers’ opener is here: Time to see how they stack up

So it begins, one more season of Rangers hockey. With Thursday night’s opener against the Avalanche at the Garden, so comes the start of another campaign with high expectations, with Henrik Lundqvist in goal, with Alain Vigneault behind the bench. Some old faces are gone, some new faces have moved in, and finally it’s time...

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