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Avs Prepare For Eastern Road Swing

Colorado begins its four-game trip at the New York Rangers

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--After playing at home for one outing, the Colorado Avalanche now heads back at out onto the road.

The team's four-game trip begins with a Tuesday contest versus the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Avs will also play at the New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers during the eight days they are on the road.

"Four games, good teams. Some of those teams are playing real good right now. It will be a good challenge for us," said Colorado head coach Jared Bednar after Sunday's practice at Family Sports Center. "I'm excited to get back on the road actually and see what our team's got. Just came off of a short road trip, played really well in one game, so hopefully we can repeat that performance here on the road for these four."

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Nemeth, Kamenev Set To Play Against Sabres

Semyon Varlamov will start in goal for the Avalanche

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

BUFFALO, N.Y.--Defenseman Patrik Nemeth will return to the lineup and forward Vladislav Kamenev will likely make his season debut on Thursday night when the Colorado Avalanche wraps up its two-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres.

Nemeth took part in his second full practice on Wednesday after suffering a minor upper-body injury in the season opener last Thursday against the Minnesota Wild. Mark Barberio has played the last two contests in Nemeth's absence, being paired on the backend with Nikita Zadorov, but head coach Jared Bednar hasn't chosen which of his now seven healthy D-men will sit versus the Sabres.

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Grubauer to Make First Start as an Av in Columbus

Grubauer was acquired by the Avalanche in a draft-night trade on June 22

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--After backing up Semyon Varlamov to begin the 2018-19 campaign, Philipp Grubauer will play his first of the regular season on Tuesday when the Colorado Avalanche faces the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Grubauer appeared in 35 outings last year for the Washington Capitals and posted a 15-10-3 record, 2.34 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and three shutouts. His last outing came in Game 2 of the Capitals' first-round series against Columbus on April 15.

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Varlamov To Start Versus Philadelphia

Colorado continues the new campaign on Saturday versus the Philadelphia Flyers

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--After opening the 2018-19 season with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, the Colorado Avalanche returned to its practice ice at Family Sports Center for a quick session.

After the session, Bednar noted that he will dress the same lineup as he did in the Avs' victory over the Wild in Colorado's next contest on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Pepsi Center.

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Avs Practice Before Opening 2018-19 Season

Colorado opens the new campaign at Pepsi Center on Thursday versus the Wild

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche practiced for one last time at Family Sports Center on Wednesday before the 2018-19 campaign officially begins.

The Avalanche opens the season versus the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center on Thursday and had a 45-minute session focused on special teams to formally wrap up the preseason.

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More Work To Be Done For Dries

Center is on a mission to make the Avalanche's opening-night roster

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Sheldon Dries has survived the latest round of cuts, but his spot with the Colorado Avalanche for opening night is far from secure. It's a situation he is well aware of, and he knows that there is still plenty work to be done if he wants to make it to the NHL.

"It's exciting for sure, I'm not going sugarcoat it, but it doesn't mean I'm going to stay here all year," Dries said on Tuesday. "I need to keep working, keep striving forward and take it day by day."

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Avs Focus on Season Opener

Colorado's active roster is down to 22 heading into the start of the regular season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The NHL preseason is done and over with, and the Colorado Avalanche can now put all of its attention onto opening night and the start of the 2018-19 regular season.

After the team reassigned forward Logan O'Connor and defensemen Mark Alt and David Warsofsky on Tuesday, Colorado's active roster for season opener is just about set. For the remaining players, the practice at Family Sports Center was the first of two before Thursday's game versus the Minnesota Wild.

"It is a long season, but the first few weeks kind of feel like a sprint," said forward Gabriel Landeskog. "Everybody wants to hit the ground running, and we want to be one of them but at the same time conserve some energy for down the stretch."

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Avs Practice At Pepsi Center During Inaugural Fan Fest

The roster was split into Team Burgundy and Team White for the session

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

With one more preseason game before the regular season begins, the Colorado Avalanche is focused on preparing to face the Minnesota Wild on opening night. But that doesn't mean the team can't have some fun.

The team practiced in front of a few thousand fans for 45 minutes at Pepsi Center on Saturday during the inaugural Avs Fan Fest.

"It was fun, I think the guys did a good job of kind of showing the fans and to have some fun with it," said captain Gabriel Landeskog. "We are trying to be relaxed, obviously it's awesome to practice in front of this many fans. It means a lot to us that they came out and supported us on a day like this. I think it was a good overall event, and I hope we can continue to do this."

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Avalanche Roster Starts To Clear Up

Colorado has 29 players remaining with two preseason games to go

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche is finally down to one locker room and one practice as the team nears the end of the preseason and prepares for opening night in just one week's time. 

Colorado had been running two practices and using multiple locker rooms since training camp began on Sept. 14 due to the amount of bodies on its roster, but the club is now down to a more manageable number with 29 players still in Denver. On Thursday morning, the Avs reassigned six to the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League and released Cody Bass from his professional tryout. 

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Avs Practice Before Next Preseason Outing

Colorado practiced on Sunday before its next exhibition game on Monday at Vegas

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The preseason is a chance for teams to work on their systems, for veteran players to get back into game form and for prospects to see what it is like to play NHL hockey.

The Colorado Avalanche got back to work on Sunday at Family Sports Center after it fell 7-0 at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday in the team's second exhibition contest of its six-game slate. The team was split into two groups at practice, the first unit practicing for an hour and a half. The second bunch was on the ice for an hour, as it was the group that played at Minnesota.

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