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Avs Host Special Practice At Pepsi Center

by Samantha Poulos / Colorado Avalanche

News and notes from Colorado Avalanche practice.

The Colorado Avalanche took the ice at the Pepsi Center for a 30-minute practice Friday in front of a lower bowl full of season ticket members.

The reason for the special session on the club’s home ice was to reveal the new alternate jersey. A collaboration of ideas between the Colorado Avalanche (including Kroenke Sports Enterprises Creative Imaging), the National Hockey League and Reebok, this fresh look features a predominantly navy color scheme and a new 'C' logo in a throwback-style style crest on the front. Laces at the neckline, silver piping on the front and white shoulders accentuate the sweater, which is a marriage between the identity of the state of Colorado and its proud history of hockey.

“They’re cool and inspired by the old Rockies hockey jerseys,” MacKinnon said after the uniform was unveiled. “The other cool thing is we wear them 14 times, and it’s good to switch it up. They are probably my favorite jersey over the three right now, so I’m sure the fans will really like them as well.”

The sweater will make its debut on Oct. 24 when the Avs face the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Patrick Roy spoke to the audience prior to practice, detailing how the skate would run. As he explained, on-ice workouts between games is kept short and precise. He told the crowd he likes for the team to watch the goals they gave up against the club they previously faced and then the coaching staff uses that material to build a practice. Roy also said that he likes for the team to focus specifically on real-time situations using the same intensity as they would during a game.

Jarome Iginla is one player that a fan of shorter practices.

Jarome Iginla

“It’s nice to come out and get the sweat and the legs going but not wear anything out and be back fresh tomorrow and ready to go,” he said.

Iginla also spoke about the focus on forechecking in today’s practice

“We’ve been working [on it] and trying to improve,” he said. “So we’ll try to keep carrying that over and keep going at that.”

Despite last night’s 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild, many Avalanche players spoke about the positives of the first two periods of play.

“We started well and played really relentless I thought,” Johnson said about the team’s effort. “We had them back on their heels for a good part of 40 minutes. Had great effort and good energy.”

“We got some offense going,” added Francois Beauchemin, who played in his first regular-season game in an Avs uniform Thursday. “We struggled a little bit in the preseason, scoring goals, and yesterday we made some good plays, got pucks to the net and buried those rebounds.”


FRIDAY’S PRACTICE LINEUP

Friday’s line combinations were the same as in last night’s contest:

Blake ComeauMatt DucheneJarome Iginla

Gabriel LandeskogNathan MacKinnonAlex Tanguay

Mikko RantanenCarl SoderbergBorna Rendulic

Cody McLeodJohn Mitchell / *Mikhail GrigorenkoJack Skille


Francois BeaucheminErik Johnson

Nate GueninTyson Barrie

Nikita ZadorovNick Holden

*Brad Stuart*Brandon Gormley


Semyon Varlamov

Reto Berra


*Grigorenko, Stuart and Gormley were healthy scratches on Thursday night.

Roy said following practice that no line changes will be made and that Varlamov is expected to start in net against the Dallas Stars. The Avalanche plays its second of three straight home games to open the season tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.


POWER PLAY IMPROVEMENT

Johnson

Johnson and Iginla both registered goals on the power-play on Thursday Night against the Wild and the team went 2-for-2 on the man advantage.

“If we keep going like that on the power play, we’ll be set up,” Johnson said Friday before describing his own tally. “It was a really good entry by Carl [Soderberg]. He took it down the wall and bought some time and then kicked it out to me at the point. Beauchemin and I have been practicing going D-to-D, so we know where each other are. I zipped it over to him, he zipped it back, and I took an angle where I had a little bit more momentum to the net. I was able to let a pretty good rip go, and fortunately there was some traffic and [it] found a way in.”

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