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  • • Edmonton Oil Kings forward Dylan Guenther named WHL rookie of the year
    The 17-year-old led Edmonton in goals, ranked fourth in assists, and was third overall in scoring to help the Oil Kings lead the Central Division before the season was ended by the COVID-19 pandemic....2020
  • • Biggest NHL draft steals: Central Division
    2020
  • • Biggest NHL draft busts: Central Division
    2020
  • • By changing the draft lottery rules, the NHL is indirectly helping the Avalanche
    Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports The Central Division is set to miss out on a lot of high-end talent in this year’s draft When the NHL announced their intention to move the 2020 Entry Draft up to early June, part of the news release was that the league intended to change the rule for the draft lottery. Instead of holding three draws - one for each of the first three picks - the NHL would go back to ...2020
  • • Top NHL captains since 2000: Central Division
    2020
  • • 1 offseason question for each Central Division team
    2020
  • • Kris Dunn could draw plenty of interest as restricted free agent
    Fourth-year Bulls point guard Kris Dunn will be a restricted free agent this summer, and after a competent defensive showing during his 2019-20 season with the club, he may be an appealing, affordable bench addition for a number of teams on the market, according to Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago. After trying to move Kris Dunn as recently as August 2019, Schaefer suggests that Dunn may be wort...2020
  • • Simulating the Season: Panthers leapfrog Maple Leafs in Atlantic, Central Division battle heats up
    In our latest simulated action, there's a new third seed in the Atlantic Division, big wins by the Wild and Predators put pressure on the Jets and James van Riemsdyk has one of the biggest nights of his career. The post Simulating the Season: Panthers leapfrog Maple Leafs in Atlantic, Central Division battle heats up appeared first on TheHockeyNews....2020
  • • Cavaliers don’t regret giving Kevin Love a four-year, $120M extension?
    The Cavaliers continue to value Kevin Love highly and don’t regret giving him a four-year, $120MM contract extension, according to Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Love’s attitude and play improved once J.B. Bickerstaff replaced John Beilein as head coach after the All-Star break. The Cavs don’t feel the need to dump salary this offseason, Fedor continues, so in any Love deal they’d want...2020
  • • Recently Optioned Players Of Note
    In case you haven’t noticed, transactions aren’t exactly plentiful since the league shut down Spring Training. There have still been a few batches of moves in the past few days, however, with a trio of Central Division clubs sending some players to their minor league ranks. The Brewers optioned corner infielder Ryon Healy to Triple-A,…...2020

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  • • Kris Dunn could draw plenty of interest as restricted free agent
    Fourth-year Bulls point guard Kris Dunn will be a restricted free agent this summer, and after a competent defensive showing during his 2019-20 season with the club, he may be an appealing, affordable bench addition for a number of teams on the market, according to Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago. After trying to move Kris Dunn as recently as August 2019, Schaefer suggests that Dunn may be wort...2020
  • • With Derrick Rose injured, Christian Wood wants to score more
    Pistons power forward Christian Wood believes he needs to take a bigger offensive role with Derrick Rose sidelined, as he told the Detroit Free Press and other media members. Wood, an unrestricted free agent after the season, notched back-to-back career highs with 29 points against Oklahoma City and 30 against Utah last week. Rose is expected to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. “M...2020
  • • Nathan MacKinnon injured in Colorado’s 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings
    Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports The injury dam finally broke No rest for the wicked as the Colorado Avalanche soldiered on to the second half of a back-to-back in their jam-packed schedule. There wasn’t much left in the tank and lineup to take on a suddenly surging LA Kings team and it showed in this 3-1 defeat. At some point in the second period Nathan MacKinnon went missing from the bench ...2020
  • • MHH Roundtable: The Avalanche looks to focus on the playoff push
    Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images Did the Avalanche do enough at the deadline? With now under a month to go in the regular season it’s time to look at how the final stretch is shaping up for the Colorado Avalanche as they gear up for the playoffs. The Avalanche had a quiet trade deadline for the most part adding only Vladislav Namestnikov and Michael Hutchinson. Did they do enough? ...2020
  • • Twitter Tuesday: MacKinnon’s ‘struggles’; Francouz vs. Grubauer and team defense
    Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images What forwards and which goaltender do you roll with once everyone is healthy? Them boys hot! The Colorado Avalanche is coming off the busiest month in franchise history, playing 15 games in a shortened February month. The Avs are also the league’s hottest team heading into March, and have now won seven games in a row. Colorado earned a record of 1...2020
  • • Game 66 Preview: Blue Jackets host Wild and woolly Minnesota
    Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images Columbus could use two points as they look for some distance in playoff race. ...2020
  • • Twitter Tuesday: On Tyson Jost, the trade deadline and heading into the playoffs
    Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images With the trade deadline come and gone, Tyson Jost remains an Av—despite some fans wishes— and few moves were made to bolster an injured lineup. What’s your confidence level with this team heading into the playoffs? The NHL trade deadline came and passed yesterday and the Avalanche made minimal moves in light of losing three of their top-nine forwards and t...2020
  • • Colorado Avalanche devastated by injury leading into the trade deadline
    Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images Avalanche lose Mikko Rantanen for the rest of the regular season After an impressive stretch that saw the Colorado Avalanche lose only once in regulation between January 8th and February 12th, the Avs have now lost three straight games and have fallen into third place in the NHL’s Central Division. What’s more concerning than the losses though, is t...2020
  • • Colorado Avalanche Game Day: The Stadium Series takes over Colorado Springs
    Avalanche host a very special game at the U.S. Air Force Academy This isn’t an ordinary game in February for the Colorado Avalanche. Tonight, Nathan MacKinnon and his teammates will host the Los Angeles Kings in the latest installment of the NHL’s Stadium Series. It won’t be just another Stadium Series game. For the first time, the NHL will be playing at an altitude higher than Denver as the game...2020
  • • The Colorado Avalanche have turned from lovable underdogs to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders
    Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images A winning streak has the Avalanche within striking distance of the top seed in the west Starting on December 16th, the Colorado Avalanche had only four regulation wins over the next month. The team that had looked like the best in the Western Conference for the first two months of the season, had fallen out of the top-3 in the Central Division and ...2020

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  • • Biggest NHL draft steals: Central Division
    2020
  • • Biggest NHL draft busts: Central Division
    2020
  • • By changing the draft lottery rules, the NHL is indirectly helping the Avalanche
    Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports The Central Division is set to miss out on a lot of high-end talent in this year’s draft When the NHL announced their intention to move the 2020 Entry Draft up to early June, part of the news release was that the league intended to change the rule for the draft lottery. Instead of holding three draws - one for each of the first three picks - the NHL would go back to ...2020
  • • Kris Dunn could draw plenty of interest as restricted free agent
    Fourth-year Bulls point guard Kris Dunn will be a restricted free agent this summer, and after a competent defensive showing during his 2019-20 season with the club, he may be an appealing, affordable bench addition for a number of teams on the market, according to Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago. After trying to move Kris Dunn as recently as August 2019, Schaefer suggests that Dunn may be wort...2020
  • • Cavaliers don’t regret giving Kevin Love a four-year, $120M extension?
    The Cavaliers continue to value Kevin Love highly and don’t regret giving him a four-year, $120MM contract extension, according to Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Love’s attitude and play improved once J.B. Bickerstaff replaced John Beilein as head coach after the All-Star break. The Cavs don’t feel the need to dump salary this offseason, Fedor continues, so in any Love deal they’d want...2020
  • • With Derrick Rose injured, Christian Wood wants to score more
    Pistons power forward Christian Wood believes he needs to take a bigger offensive role with Derrick Rose sidelined, as he told the Detroit Free Press and other media members. Wood, an unrestricted free agent after the season, notched back-to-back career highs with 29 points against Oklahoma City and 30 against Utah last week. Rose is expected to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. “M...2020
  • • 2020 NBA Free Agent List – Central Division
    Here at SLAM we want to make sure you’re prepared for the upcoming NBA offseason. Below are all the potential free agents in the summer of 2020 for the Central Division. Also included in the team-by-team breakdowns are all partial/non-guaranteed players for the 2020-21 season, essentially expanding the list to include any individual that could […] The post 2020 NBA Free Agent List – Ce...2020
  • • Nathan MacKinnon injured in Colorado’s 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings
    Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports The injury dam finally broke No rest for the wicked as the Colorado Avalanche soldiered on to the second half of a back-to-back in their jam-packed schedule. There wasn’t much left in the tank and lineup to take on a suddenly surging LA Kings team and it showed in this 3-1 defeat. At some point in the second period Nathan MacKinnon went missing from the bench ...2020
  • • MHH Roundtable: The Avalanche looks to focus on the playoff push
    Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images Did the Avalanche do enough at the deadline? With now under a month to go in the regular season it’s time to look at how the final stretch is shaping up for the Colorado Avalanche as they gear up for the playoffs. The Avalanche had a quiet trade deadline for the most part adding only Vladislav Namestnikov and Michael Hutchinson. Did they do enough? ...2020
  • • Twitter Tuesday: MacKinnon’s ‘struggles’; Francouz vs. Grubauer and team defense
    Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images What forwards and which goaltender do you roll with once everyone is healthy? Them boys hot! The Colorado Avalanche is coming off the busiest month in franchise history, playing 15 games in a shortened February month. The Avs are also the league’s hottest team heading into March, and have now won seven games in a row. Colorado earned a record of 1...2020

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  • • Twitter Tuesday: Blueline help at trade deadline; next year’s Colorado Eagles and Grubauer’s struggles
    Kings’ defenseman Alec Martinez fights off Mikko Rantanen in front of his net | Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images The question remains: Will GM Joe Sakic and the Avs make a move at the deadline in three weeks? The Colorado Avalanche will play 32 games in the span of 60 days, including a tilt tonight in Buffalo. After an 11-day pause for the All-Star break, the Avs allowed six goals to the Ea...2020
  • • Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Matinee matchup with the Blues
    Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Let’s see if the Avs can build on Thursday’s dominant win In what is the penultimate game before the NHL ceases operation for nearly a dozen days for the annual All-Star break, the Colorado Avalanche will look to build on a dominant performance in a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday evening by welcoming the defending Cup champs St. Louis Blues....2020
  • • Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Stars pay a visit on Division Rival Night
    Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Avalanche look to reclaim second in the west with a win over Dallas The Colorado Avalanche will have a chance at reclaiming the second spot in the west tonight as they face the surging Dallas Stars for the final time of the regular season. While Dallas has earned a 7-3 record in its last 10 games, the Avalanche, on the other hand, enter the night having won only thr...2020
  • • Morning Flurries: All-Star Jerseys Revealed
    https://twitter.com/Avalanche/status/1214956302658670592 Keep voting for Cale! All-Star Jerseys Revealed View this post on Instagram Nate will look great in these #NHLAllStar jerseys, but #NateNeedsCale to wear them, too! NHL.com/vote #GoAvsGo A post shared by Colorado Avalanche (@coloradoavalanche) on Jan 8, 2020 at 9:08am PST The NHL released images of the...2020
  • • Twitter Tuesday: To re-sign, to trade or to not; Bowen Byram and goaltenders
    Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images Is Tyson Jost or Colin Wilson worthy of staying? And here’s why Bowen Byram can’t play in the AHL The new decade has ushered in a new year of Colorado Avalanche hockey, and with it, more questions. After starting the year with a commanding statement 7-3 win over the Central Division-leading and defending Stanley Cup-having St. Louis Blues, and follo...2020
  • Hayes scores in OT to lift Jets over Blackhawks, 4-3
    • Hayes scores in OT to lift Jets over Blackhawks, 4-3
    Kevin Hayes scored at 3:38 of overtime and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 night to snap a three-game slide and move into sole possession of first place in the Central Division         ...2019
  • Johansen scores 43 seconds into OT, Preds beat Stars 3-2
    • Johansen scores 43 seconds into OT, Preds beat Stars 3-2
    Ryan Johansen scored 43 seconds into overtime and the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 for their second straight win and a little cushion in the Central Division         ...2019
  • • Hartman scores winner in Preds debut, 6-5 victory over Jets (Feb 27, 2018)
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Roman Josi had five assists, Craig Smith scored twice and Ryan Hartman redirected in the winning goal during his Nashville debut, sending the streaking Predators to a 6-5 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in their Central Division showdown Tuesday night....2018
  • Hartman scores winner in Preds debut, 6-5 victory over Jets
    • Hartman scores winner in Preds debut, 6-5 victory over Jets
    Roman Josi had five assists, Craig Smith scored twice and Ryan Hartman redirected in the winning goal during his Nashville debut, sending the streaking Predators to a 6-5 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in their Central Division showdown         ...2018
  • • Kyle Connor scores 2 goals, Jets rout Panthers 7-2 (Feb 18, 2018)
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Kyle Connor scored twice, Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers each had three assists and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Florida Panthers 7-2 on Sunday night to take the Central Division lead....2018

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  • • Game 66 Preview: Blue Jackets host Wild and woolly Minnesota
    2020
  • • Avalanche pull off late-game comeback to top Elvis Merzlikins 2-1
    Photo by Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images Coming into Saturday evening’s game, Columbus Blue Jackets starting goaltender and rookie phenom Elvis Merzlikins hadn’t lost a game since January 9th. He entered the third period poised to post his sixth shutout of the season (and sixth in his last nine games, to boot) after holding down the fort for the first forty minutes against Colorado — but tha...2020
  • • Looking back at the Blue Jackets’ best streaks
    Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports This run the Blue Jackets are on might just be the best in the clubs’ franchise history. In my humble opinion. But there’s actually lots of other great ones, too, and we take a look back. The Blue Jackets have been on one impressive run over the last month and change, with points in 20 of their last 22 games, and it got me thinking about the other impressive st...2020
  • • Morning Flurries: Three days left to vote for Cale Makar
    Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images And Nashville has a new coach. Back at home today are the Colorado Avalanche following their three-game New York road trip and in preparation to host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. There are still three days left to vote Cale Makar for the last Central Division representative in the Last Men In poll at NHL.com/vote. Get your votes in by January 10th! F...2020
  • • Avalanche take advantage of chaotic night in 3-1 win
    Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images The Colorado Avalanche have been, for the most part, a structured and scary team to play against this year when healthy. The Leafs, on the other hand, have had more than a few games where they were chaos central. And on Wednesday night, the Avalanche added into the fun with some chaos of their own — they came out on top, but their 3-1 final score was messy,...2019
  • • Report: Cavs signing D-Wade created locker room problems
    The signing of Dwyane Wade just before the start of the season led to jealousy in the Cavaliers‘ locker room, according to Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were most affected, with Smith fearing Wade would take his starting spot and Shumpert believing Wade would cut into his playing time. Wade did start briefly, before asking to be moved to a bench role. Injuries limited ...2018
  • Somerville High School's Makonnen Fenton named Patriots High School Coach of the Week
    • Somerville High School's Makonnen Fenton named Patriots High School Coach of the Week
    Foxborough, Mass. – After leading the Somerville Highlanders to a 36-16 upset win over previously undefeated Lynn Classical, Somerville head coach Makonnen Fenton has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week. Coach Fenton, a former standout running back for the Highlanders, has directed Somerville High to a three-game win streak and a share of first place in the No...2017
  • Lynn Classical High School's Brian Vaughan named Patriots High School Coach of the Week
    • Lynn Classical High School's Brian Vaughan named Patriots High School Coach of the Week
    Foxborough, Mass. – After leading the Lynn Classical Rams to a perfect 4-0 start to begin the season, first-year head coach Brian Vaughan has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week. Coach Vaughan, a former standout running back from league rival Lynn English, led the Rams to an impressive start with back-to-back victories over Medford High and Malden High by a co...2017
  • • Scott Miller's Starting 9: Verlander, Sale Talks Could Heat Up Winter Meetings
    2016

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  • • Cubs net Central title, 3rd straight October trip
    t's time for the Cubs to party like it's 2016. The Cubs clinched their second straight National League Central Division title on Wednesday, beating the Cardinals, 5-1, to advance to the postseason for a third straight year....2017
  • • Cards roll past Reds, stay two back of Cubs
    Matt Carpenter reached base five times, Yadier Molina knocked in three runs and Paul DeJong finished a triple shy of the cycle as the Cardinals topped the Reds to remain two games back of the Cubs in the NL Central Division. Zack Cozart had a home run in the first for the Reds, his 20th of the season....2017
  • • Cards roll past Reds, stay two back of Cubs
    Matt Carpenter reached base five times, Yadier Molina knocked in three runs and Paul DeJong finished a triple shy of the cycle as the Cardinals topped the Reds to remain two games back of the Cubs in the NL Central Division. Zack Cozart had a home run in the first for the Reds, his 20th of the season....2017
  • • Perron selected to 2020 All-Star Game
    The NHL announced David Perron was selected to the 2020 All-Star Game after winning the Last Men In vote for the Central Division....2020
  • • Cards strive to stay alive behind Lynn
    Lance Lynn will have a chance to say goodbye Thursday. The right-hander, who will be a free agent after this season, will likely be making his last start for the Cardinals in the series finale against the newly crowned National League Central Division champion Cubs....2017
  • • Wild take lead in Central Division after SO win over Stars
    Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped Jason Spezza before Chris Stewart's shot won the game...2017
  • • Wild's Pominville, Niederreiter each score twice in win over Jets
    Minnesota earned a big win against a Central Division foe...2017
  • • Somerville High School's Makonnen Fenton named Patriots High School Coach of the Week
    2017
  • • Lynn Classical High School's Brian Vaughan named Patriots High School Coach of the Week
    2017
  • • Nathan MacKinnon is the favorite for the 2020 Hart Trophy
    Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports It’s hard to believe but Nathan MacKinnon is getting even better Two seasons ago, Nathan MacKinnon became the superstar the Colorado Avalanche knew he was destined to be. In his breakout season, MacKinnon racked up 39 goals and 97 points in only 74 games while dragging his Avalanche team to the playoffs - only a year after the disastrous 22-win season. He show...2020

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  • • By changing the draft lottery rules, the NHL is indirectly helping the Avalanche
    2020
  • • Cavaliers don’t regret giving Kevin Love a four-year, $120M extension?
    2020
  • • Nathan MacKinnon injured in Colorado’s 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings
    2020
  • • MHH Roundtable: The Avalanche looks to focus on the playoff push
    2020
  • • Avalanche suffer first loss in eight games with 4-3 OT defeat vs Anaheim
    The Colorado Avalanche have been white-hot nearly since Valentine’s Day, picking up seven straight victories in the two weeks since they last dropped a match-up on February 17th. While they had managed to roll over tougher opponents like Washington and Carolina in the handful of games played down the late February stretch, though, it was a team far outside of the playoff race that finally did the...2020
  • • Nashville travels to Minnesota for division battle
    Nashville travels to Minnesota for a Central Division matchup...2020
  • • Twitter Tuesday: MacKinnon’s ‘struggles’; Francouz vs. Grubauer and team defense
    2020
  • • Game 66 Preview: Blue Jackets host Wild and woolly Minnesota
    2020
  • • Twitter Tuesday: On Tyson Jost, the trade deadline and heading into the playoffs
    2020
  • • Colorado Avalanche devastated by injury leading into the trade deadline
    2020

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  • • Colorado Avalanche devastated by injury leading into the trade deadline
    2020
  • • Morning Flurries: Nathan MacKinnon completes his All-Star duties
    Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images The break is almost over! There is light at the end of the tunnel. The Colorado Avalanche return to practice tomorrow and will travel to Philadelphia for their first game after the break on February 1st. From All-Star weekend, Nathan MacKinnon participated in the fastest skater competition in the video below but did not beat Connor McDavid — that h...2020
  • • Looking back at the Blue Jackets’ best streaks
    2020
  • • Colorado Avalanche Game Day: On the road against the defending champs
    Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports The Avalanche look to make a statement against the defending Stanley Cup Champions Who: St. Louis Blues (20-8-6)Where: Enterprise Center - St. Louis, MissouriPuck drop: 6:00 pm MTWatch: Altitude, Sportsnet Back to their winning ways, the Colorado Avalanche travel to St. Louis tonight to take on the Blues in a matchup for first place in the Western Conference. Separa...2019
  • • Report: Cavs signing D-Wade created locker room problems
    2018
  • • Central Notes: Nance Jr. transitioning from L.A., Dinwiddie's skills challenge, Bulls
    Less than two weeks after he was shipped to the Cavaliers, Larry Nance Jr. was back in Los Angeles for the Dunk Contest. Nance spent his first two-and-a-half seasons with the Lakers and admitted to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register that the trade still has not set in.“It’s something that’s still kind of shocking,” Nance said. “But at the same time I can’t wait for all this to be done with so...2018

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