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Avalanche Notebook: Valeri Nichushkin Goal Was Orr (Or Makar)-Esque

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I’ve watched the Valeri Nichushkin goal from last night a few times again this morning, and it seems to get better each time.

Nichushkin made Brayden McNabb look like a cement pylon with that final move before bearing in on goal. What a year Nuke is having so far, and what an amazing story he’s become overall. Here’s a guy who was bought out by Dallas, then picked up off the scrap heap by the Avalanche. Today, he’s in Year 1 of an eight-year contract with the Avalanche.

Amazing.

Superstreak Bonus!

Here are a few other nuggets about Valeri Nichushkin right now:

  • Entering today, his six goals lead the team and are tied for second in the NHL with Andrei Svechnikov.
  • Nichushkin joins Nathan MacKinnon (7) in 2018-19 and Milan Hejduk (6) in 2008-09 as the only players in Avalanche history (since the franchise relocated) to score six goals in the first six team games of the season.
  • Nichushkin has at least a point in all six games so far, tops in the league.

OTHER AVALANCHE NOTES

  • The boys had today off, and they won’t practice Monday either. The only team activity Monday is the flight to New York.
  • The Avalanche’s 20 points from defensemen is tied for most in the league with Pittsburgh.
  • The Avalanche season-ticket waiting list keeps growing. 
  • We should get word later today whether the Avalanche will recall anyone new from the Eagles for the upcoming trip.
  • Avalanche players will be doing some serious packing for this trip. Don’t forget, the trip for the two games in Finland happens right after the New York trip.
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Matt Briggle

AD, are the Avs allowed to take more than the typical 23 man roster on the trip to Finland? If so, could they call them up now or would they have to wait until after the 3 New York area games to make those calls?

Jared Moss

Val is one of the reasons the team is staying afloat, unreal how hes playing

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