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Bleacher Report has released Pleyer Grades since we have reached the quarter mark:

Through the quarter mark, Liles has easily been the Colorado Avalanche's best player

John-Michael Liles gets an A+, Kevin Shattenkirk and Daniel Winnik each get an A-.  Some suprises at how high they marked some guys.


The Lake Eerie Monsters won last night.

Stoa has bagged six goals in his last six games after an o-fer in 16 games to begin the season. As a rookie in 2009-2010, Stoa notched 23 goals in 54 games for Lake Erie and two in 12 for the parent Colorado Avalanche.


A recap.

"Tonight was a lot of fun," Shattenkirk said. "Especially when we get goals in bunches. I'm really happy that Greg (Mauldin) got those four points."



Another recap, this one from Minnesota.

Five takeaways are normally reserved for Wild players, but when a player has a game like Paul Stastny did tonight, it's hard not to mention him.

Stastny only totaled one goal and an assit in tonight's game, but he was absolutely flying around the ice and seemed to be a part of the majority of the Avalanche scoring chances. Head Coach Joe Sacco must have noticed too because Stastny ranked second among all Colorado players with 21:39 TOI.


Another Recap:  I am so happy Greg Mauldin grabbed the puck!

"You dream about big nights like this," said Mauldin, former Wild assistant GM Tom Lynn's big Aeros trade-deadline pickup in 2005.


From the Denver Post.

Mauldin, who had played a not-so-grand total of seven NHL games in his six-year pro career before signing with the Avalanche organization last summer, had two goals and two assists in the Colorado victory. He now has had his first three NHL goals in the nine games since his recall from Lake Erie on Nov. 11.

Another tidbit from the Denver Post.  A Minnesota game wouldn't typically be the first one I'd want to attend, but hey, it worked out well for those who went last night!
The Avalanche had its second home sellout of the season Saturday night, drawing a full house of 18,007 for the game with the Minnesota Wild.


And the last link, anyone else remember that this is a contract year for Peter Budaj?

The Avalanche have had a revolving door of puck stoppers over the past several seasons.  From Jose Theodore to last year's hero Craig Anderson, it has been a stressful process for the Avalanche.