The Colorado Avalanche didn't have a practice on Thursday, a day after losing Game 4 of the club's first-round series with the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Avs went straight to Denver International Airport for their charter flight to Nashville for the fifth game of the series on Friday.
Colorado held a media-availability session at the airport, with head coach Jared Bednar and select players talking about the must-win Game 5. Bednar announced that goaltender Jonathan Bernier wouldn't be available for the contest, and that Andrew Hammond will get the start in net.
Here is what Bednar, Hammond, rookie Alexander Kerfoot and veteran Blake Comeau had to say.
Goaltender Andrew Hammond
On coming in relief during Game 4:
"You know, it's not an ideal situation to go into, but in the end we came up a little bit short. But for me to get my feet wet in the series was important. Overall, I think it helps going into tomorrow night."
On his mindset going into Game 5:
"Just trusting all your preparation. This time of the year, you're doing everything that you normally would as if you were playing, so from that standpoint not too much changes. You just need to trust your experience, trust the things you do in practice. You always want to play meaningful hockey, and I think tomorrow night it doesn't get more meaningful than that. So from that standpoint, I think it's very exciting to get that opportunity."