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Compher Out Indefinitely With Broken Thumb

The forward is among three Avs that are hurt

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche held an optional practice on Friday morning, with about 10 players taking the ice and going through drills with assistant coaches.

For the rest of the Avs, the day featured an off-ice workout or rest to heal from minor bumps and bruises.

However, some of those bumps are more serious than others as Colorado lost three players to injury on Thursday night in its 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

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Avs Moving On From Offside Call

The NHL announced it made a mistake in Thursday's game

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The old idiom that there is "no use crying over spilled milk" is the approach the Colorado Avalanche is taking following its loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Colorado rallied from a deficit in the third period, and the team thought it had scored the tying goal with 2:34 remaining to complete the comeback. The play was initially called a goal, but St. Louis challenged for offside. The replay appeared to show that Avs forward Sven Andrighetto was indeed offside, but the entire review late in the contest seemed a bit odd for players, coaches and fans alike.

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Jost Joins MacKinnon And Rantanen On Top Line

The rookie forward had a good finish against Nashville

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Tyson Jost was plenty motivated in his return to game action on Tuesday night, and Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar noticed.

"We get into the latter part of the game yesterday, and he missed a couple games but he came back in hungry," Bednar said of Jost. "He was competing hard on pucks."

The rookie forward's drive earned him a promotion in the Avs lineup on Wednesday, as Jost practiced on one of the team's top lines with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen at Family Sports Center. The trio will begin Thursday's contest against the St. Louis Blues with one another.

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Bernier To Start Against Ducks

Avs netminder played for Anaheim last season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Jonathan Bernier will get the start in net against his former club Friday night when the Colorado Avalanche hosts the Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center.

Bernier was a member of the Ducks last season and played in 39 contests. While the goaltender was acquired in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 2016 to primarily be the backup, he was thrust into starting duty after John Gibson missed chunks of the year with injuries. Bernier finished the campaign with a 2.50 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and a 21-7-4 record, which included a 12-1-2 mark in his final 15 starts.

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Boston's College Hockey Rivalries Run Deep With The Avalanche

Alexander Kerfoot, Matt Nieto and Colin Wilson return to the city where they went to school

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

BOSTON--The last time Alexander Kerfoot was in Boston, it was the culmination of four years of hard work away from the rink.

That day was May 25 as he graduated from nearby Harvard University in Cambridge, earning a degree from what is renowned as one of the best colleges in the world.

"It's a pretty special experience," Kerfoot said. "That was one of the goals and why I chose Harvard. It wasn't just about the hockey, it was getting a degree and an education that they provided. I couldn't have asked for anything more than what I got in my four years."

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Bernier And Zadorov To Play Against Devils

The Avs players will be making their season debuts

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

NEWARK, N.J.--The Colorado Avalanche will have at least two players make their season debuts in New Jersey.

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier and defenseman Nikita Zadorov will skate for the Avs in their Saturday afternoon contest against the New Jersey Devils, and there could possibly be a few more additions to the lineup as well. Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar did not say after Friday's practice who he was going to scratch against the Devils.

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Avalanche Excited To Begin New Season

Colorado opens 2017-18 with a three-game road trip

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--There was giddy excitement in the Colorado Avalanche locker room on Wednesday morning. The players were at ease, smiling and joking with one another as they prepared for their first team flight of the regular season. 

It was the eve of the 2017-18 campaign, and the Avs were eager to get it started. Colorado opens the year with a three-game road trip, with stops in New York, New Jersey and Boston. 

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Nemeth And Landeskog Reunited In Colorado

The two Swedes' friendship goes back to their childhood

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--As Patrik Nemeth prepares to leave the only NHL team he has ever known, the defenseman will have at least one familiar face to help with the transition.

Nemeth and Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeksog are both from Stockholm, Sweden, and played on the same youth teams growing up.

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Colborne Moves Forward

The Avs center returned to practice and is looking to get back to his game this season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Like most players on the Colorado Avalanche's roster, Joe Colborne is looking to have a bounce-back season. He took a big step toward that on Monday as the forward partook in his first team practice of the new campaign. 

Colborne missed all of the Avs' training camp and preseason with a back injury he suffered just before players reported on Sept. 14. The timing could not have been worse for the University of Denver alum, who was looking to show off the hard work he put into his game during the offseason. 

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Avalanche Not Satisfied With Solid Preseason

Colorado is preparing for the season opener after going 4-2-0 in exhibition play

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The preseason is officially in the books for the Colorado Avalanche and the team's energy is now entirely on preparing for the season opener at the New York Rangers.

Colorado finished its exhibition slate with a 4-2-0 record after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Thursday, but there are still plenty of areas in the team's game that need work before the contests start counting in the standings. The Avs have a full week between outings as they kick off the 2017-18 campaign next Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

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