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The Burgundy Breakdown

Welcome to the Burgundy Breakdown, which recaps the last week in action involving the Colorado Avalanche!

After a long break, the Avalanche started the month of November at home against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. The Canes scored 55 seconds into the game, but the Avalanche fought back and ended up winning 5-3, with Semyon Varlamov stopping 57 out of 60 shots from Carolina. The Avs went back on the road to Philadelphia on Saturday; winning a high scoring affair against the Flyers. Colorado went past regulation for the first time this season; winning 5-4 via shootout, with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen scoring the shootout goals.

The Avalanche’s three game winning streak ended in Brooklyn with a 6-4 loss to the Islanders, but the big story came during the game, as in the final moments of the first period, Matt Duchene was informed by coach Jared Bednar that he had been traded. Trade talks regarding Duchene had been rumored throughout the off-season entering this regular season, and it was finally done on Sunday. A three team deal sent Duchene to the Ottawa Senators and Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators. As for the Avalanche, they received forwards Shane Bowers (from OTT) and Vladislav Kamenev (from NSH), defenseman Samuel Girard (from NSH), goaltender Andrew Hammond (from OTT), and three draft picks (two from OTT and one from NSH). Duchene played his entire career with the avalanche, scoring 178 goals and racking up 250 assists, totaling 428 points in 8+ seasons with the Avs. Duchene’s last Avalanche goal came in Philly this past Saturday; the first goal of that game with 1.6 seconds left.

The Avalanche are 8-6-0, with their good start being attributed to excellent goaltending from Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier, as well as a stacked offense led by the Landeskog-MacKinnon-Rantanen line. Avs have scored 20 goals in the last four games, and are starting November on the right note. The Avs are on a hiatus as the team will be in Sweden playing back-to-back games against the Senators; meaning that Duchene will face his former team just days after the trade.

That’s the Burgundy Breakdown! Until next week!

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