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Colorado Avalanche Mailbag: Jan. 27

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
We’re back with the latest edition of the Colorado Avalanche Mailbag , where players respond to fan questions.

As always, your questions are in bold. If we feel the need to provide some additional commentary or clarification, that will come in italics before the player gives his answer.

Now, on to the Q&A:

I noticed a few minutes into the game against the Boston Bruins that they were wearing the "home" jerseys when they were the away team in Colorado. Why were they (Boston) wearing the black and you guys (Colorado) wearing the white?
Laura from Colorado Springs, Colorado

We’re going to start off this week’s mailbag with the general question posed above, of which we received numerous variations. Those black sweaters the Bruins were wearing were their “third” jerseys, and the explanation behind the switch isn’t as complicated as you might think.

Simply put, prior to the season, Boston put in a request to wear their third jerseys during the aforementioned game at Pepsi Center, and the request was granted. We don’t have insight into exactly why the Bruins requested that specific game, but for whatever reason, they did.  It is the only time during the 2010-11 season that the Avs will wear their white sweaters at home.

Colorado, of course, also has its own blue third jersey, which it will wear a total of 12 times this season (all at home, including four remaining dates). Click here for a third jersey schedule.

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Hey Matt (Duchene)!
First, thank you for graciously stopping and signing on your birthday!  We hope you enjoyed the pictures! Here's my question - What can a player do to try to be more consistent from game to game? Thanks and good luck during the All-Star game!
Bev from Laramie, Wyoming

“For me, over the past 30 games I’ve found a good consistency level. Even when I haven’t gotten points or scored, I’ve played a good game and played almost the same way every night. I think the biggest thing for me is trying to do the same thing the night before the game and the day of the game. If you want to get the on-ice product consistent, the off-ice product has to be there as well. For me it’s trying to get up and get excited for every single game and think of it the same way. I try not to think too much about the game, I just try to think about what I have to do to get rested and ready.”

My question is for Brandon Yip. Do you have mixed emotions when you take a high stick to the face and are cut, like you were during Monday’s game against St. Louis? I’m sure it hurts, but at the same time it’s a good thing because the team went on a 4-minute power play and scored a big goal. Take me through that process. Thanks!
Geremy from Topeka, Kansas

“No one ever likes to get high-sticked in the face, but at that point in the game to draw a penalty and have the blood was key. The first two minutes of that power play we were struggling, but we scored in the last two minutes so it worked out well. I think everyone in the room is willing to take one for the team so we can get on the power play and make things happen.

This is a question for any of the younger players. With Peter Forsberg practicing with the team, does having him on the ice give you more ambition to try harder and be better because of what he once was to the league and the team?
Jamie from Hamilton, Ontario

We went to Matt Duchene to answer this question, as Matt was a big Avalanche fan growing up and tried to model parts of his game after Forsberg when he was younger. This is what Matt had to say:

“It’s pretty cool for sure. It’s good to see him on the ice up close and not on TV, which is the only place I’d seen him growing up. It was really neat to get on the ice with him, and it’s an amazing experience, whether or not he plays this year.”

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This is for Kevin Shattenkirk. Hey Shatty, congrats on being one of the rookies who will be at the All-Star Game! When you were first named, did you even know anything about the format, and do you know which parts of the skills competition you’ll be playing in? Also, what are you most looking forward to about the weekend?
Matthew from Arvada, Colorado

“I knew we were just doing the skills competition, but other than that I figured I’d show up on Friday and see what happens from there. I think once they get the draft done, things will kind of sort themselves out as far as who is going in what competition and whatnot. I’m still a little bit in the dark. I’m probably most looking forward to the game itself. It will be fun to watch as a spectator from the stands. Also just meeting these guys, getting to know what they’re like and hanging out with them.”

My question is for anybody that would like to answer.  With the Super Bowl coming up, what team will you be cheering for?
Amy from Columbus, Ohio

From the looks of things, Amy, there are a lot of Packer backers in the Avalanche room. Of the five players we surveyed, four chose Green Bay to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Paul Stastny: My boys, Green Bay. I like the Packers, yeah. I’m a Midwest guy…well I’m more of a Rams fan, but I’m a big fan of Aaron Rodgers. He’s been my horse in fantasy the past three years, I’ve always had him. I’ve always supported him and I’ve never jumped off the wagon. I think it will be a close game, a three-point game. I’ll take Green Bay to win. Prediction: Green Bay 24, Pittsburgh 21

Cody McLeod: Pittsburgh. I like their defense. Simple, that’s it. Prediction: Pittsburgh 28, Green Bay 14

Daniel Winnik: The Packers. A dome, Aaron Rodgers…he’s too good. He’s done it in other playoff games too, so they’ll ride a hot Aaron Rodgers. Prediction: Green Bay 24, Pittsburgh 17

Kyle Cumiskey: I’m going with the Packers. Honestly, just because they haven’t won it in a while, so I want to see them win it. Prediction: Green Bay 21, Pittsburgh 14

Ryan O’Byrne: I’m a terrible football fan. I don’t follow it whatsoever, but I’ll take Green Bay because they’re closer to the West. How’s that (laughs)? Prediction Green Bay 24, Pittsburgh 14
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