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Cumiskey Practices, Will Play Tuesday

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Avalanche defenseman Kyle Cumiskey took part in a full practice on Monday morning for the first time this season. Cumiskey has been sidelined recently due to a groin injury, which caused the speedy backliner to miss all of training camp and the Avalanche’s first four preseason contests.

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“I feel pretty good actually. The trainers did a lot of work with me to help me feel confident,” Cumiskey said following this morning’s skate. “It was something where, come regular season, I probably would have tried to play through it. But right now it’s something you don’t want to aggravate and make it worse. We were careful with it, so hopefully I’ll be ready for the season.”

Cumiskey will be in the lineup tomorrow night when the Avalanche takes on the Dallas Stars in what will be Colorado’s fifth preseason contest and its final game at Pepsi Center prior to opening night.

“I think it’s good for Kyle to get into the swing of things here and get into some games before October 7,” said Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco. “I’m glad he’s feeling better, and he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow night.”

Dallas On Tap Again
The Avs and Stars just met on Friday – a game Dallas won by a 2-1 count at American Airlines Center – but that doesn’t mean the clubs should know what to expect out of each other come Tuesday night.

The nature of preseason games tends to be slightly more disjointed than regular season contests, since NHL clubs are often trying to finalize their rosters and often suit up more than a handful of young players in hopes of seeing what they can provide to the organization. With those changing rosters, two games against the same team just days apart can have completely different feels.

But that’s not a great cause of concern for the Avalanche, according to defenseman Ryan Wilson, who says that at this point teams are more concerned with their selves than their opponents.

“We’re trying to get ready for the season. We’re not worried about what other teams are doing with their lineups,” said Wilson. “Everything’s just about effort right now. Wins and losses don’t affect the standings. We just have to worry about creating good habits.”

The Avs and the Stars will again meet up on Thursday – squaring off at American Airlines Center for the second time in the preseason – before Colorado ends its exhibition slate with a Saturday tilt against the Los Angeles Kings in Las Vegas.

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