CENTENNIAL, Colo.--As far as new team debuts go, Nazem Kadri was overall pleased with how his first game with the Colorado Avalanche went.
The Avs' new second-line center played 17:17, won 12-of-21 faceoffs (57 percent), had three shots on goal and nine shot attempts on Thursday night in the 2019-20 season opener. He also nearly potted his first goal in burgundy and blue just five minutes into the new season, but his shot rang off the crossbar as he was falling to the ice.
"That one kept me up last night," Kadri said with a laugh to ColoradoAvalanche.com on the goal that never was. "I know every single game I'm going to get my opportunities, just caught a little off balance there. I don't know quite know how I missed that one, but maybe midseason it might have been a little bit different."