Makar, Nichushkin and Newhook Join Practice
The Avalanche had a full squad practice ahead of Thursday's contestby Laken Barker / ColoradoAvalanche.com
DENVER, Colo. -- The Colorado Avalanche took to practice at Family Sports Center on Tuesday in preparation for their home contest against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
The full squad was on the ice for over an hour as Tuesday's practice followed a day off on Sunday and an optional skate on Monday.
Cale Makar rejoined the group for practice after sustaining an upper-body injury on Oct. 30.
Colorado Rematch with Columbus in Back-to-Back Games
Avalanche looks to even series at Blue Jacketsby Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com
After facing the Columbus Blue Jackets at home, the Colorado Avalanche is set for a rematch at Nationwide Arena in Columbus at 5 p.m. MT on Saturday.
In their previous contest on Wednesday, Columbus secured a 5-4 victory over the Avs in an overtime thriller. Rookie defensemen Bowen Byram scored twice for Colorado, alongside one goal for J.T. Compher and Logan O'Connor. Nazem Kadri tallied three assists, Gabriel Landeskog posted two, and Nathan MacKinnon and Bown Byram grabbed one assist each.
Avalanche Practice Ahead of Road Game
Colorado prepares for road game against Columbusby JJ Zykan / ColoradoAvalanche.com
DENVER, Colo. -- The Colorado Avalanche practiced at Ball Arena Thursday afternoon following its 5-4 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Forward Mikko Rantanen hit the ice ahead of the team to practice with skills coach Shawn Allard. He stayed on the ice to run drills in a blue full-contact jersey.
Andre Burakovsky was back with the squad after being out on Wednesday night with an upper-body injury.
Devon Toews remains as an option for Saturday and continued to practice with the boys as he has been approved for controlled contact.
Avalanche Takes to Practice Ahead of Wednesday Night's Matchup
Colorado preps for one home contest against Columbus.by Laken Barker / ColoradoAvalanche.com
The Colorado Avalanche conducted practice on Tuesday morning at Family Sport Center after its 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Having also picked up a 4-3 victory at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, the Avalanche seeks to continue its win streak on Wednesday when it hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets at Ball Arena.
Mikko Rantanen took to the ice 45 minutes prior to the start of practice in a red, non-contact jersey. He was joined by Valeri Nichushkin, also in a non-contact jersey, before the session as both forwards skated on their own.
Samuel Girard Returns To Practice
Samuel Girard practiced with the team for the first time since he took a big hit against Tampa Bayby Niki Ardebili / ColoradoAvalanche.com
The Colorado Avalanche practiced at Family Sports Center on Friday morning following its 4-3 win against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Samuel Girard practiced with the team for the first time since he took a big hit on Oct. 23 at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Head coach Jared Bednar said after practice that Girard's availability for Saturday's contest against the Minnesota Wild will depend on how he feels after Friday's session.
"With Sam Girard, he goes through the whole practice today. I think there's a really good chance that he's going to play tomorrow," Bednar said. "But if he tightens up tomorrow morning and get stiff and can't go, then he can't go.
Quick Practice Before One-Game Trip
Colorado preparing for second matchup against St. Louisby JJ Zykan / ColoradoAvalanche.com
CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche practiced at Family Sports Center Wednesday morning following its 3-1 loss against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.
After a tough loss to the Knights, the Avalanche is looking to make the necessary changes in an effort to string together a few wins as the team is 2-4-0 to start the year.
Defenseman Samuel Girard hit the ice ahead of the team for the first time since taking a hit late in overtime play against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. He left the ice before the practice began. Girard will not be traveling with the club to St. Louis Wednesday.
Avalanche Returns to Family Sports Ahead of Contest vs. Knights
Samuel Girard was given a maintenance day and did not participate in practiceby Niki Ardebili / ColoradoAvalanche.com
CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche has touched back down in Denver after a three-game road trip on the East Coast.
The club took the ice at Family Sports Center on Monday after an off day Sunday ahead of its matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday evening.
Defenseman Samuel Girard was not on the ice after taking a hit late in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, though head coach Jared Bednar did not rule him out for Tuesday's contest.
Avs Learning Lessons on First Road Trip
Colorado is facing Eastern Conference opponents for the first time since 2019-20by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
The Colorado Avalanche is 1-3-0 through the first four games of the 2021-22 season and is working on developing team chemistry while on its first road swing of the year.
"Just as when you have a good start you want to keep it going and you want to keep building, but in the back of your mind you know there's a lot of hockey left. So, for us it's just a matter of finding a way to win one hockey game," said captain Gabriel Landeskog after Thursday's game. "You're not supposed to lose three straight games, right? Good teams find a way to just keep it at just one or two, but you know it's a good lesson for us early on in the season and we'll get out of it. I'm not worried at all, it's just a matter of trying to stop the bleeding right off the bat here."
The Avalanche is facing a tough task, wrapping up its three-game road trip on Saturday against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The Avs are 0-2-0 so far on this trip, falling 6-3 at the Washington Capitals on Tuesday and 4-1 at the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
Bednar Returns to Practice Ahead of Contest vs. Blues
Head coach Jared Bednar returns while a few forwards were absent from the sessionby Niki Ardebili / ColoradoAvalanche.com
CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar was back at practice Friday morning, as he is out of COVID protocol and ready to go ahead of the team's game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
"I feel great", said Bednar. "I had a couple days of not feeling so hot, but probably the last five, six days I have been good. Just getting tested, tried to get a couple negatives see if I could get back early, wasn't the case so today was my 10th."
The squad had a full team practice, however, some integral players on the Avalanche roster were missing.
Avalanche Host Optional Practice After Home Opener Winby JJ Zykan / ColoradoAvalanche.com
CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche took the ice for an optional practice on Thursday at Family Sports Center following its season opening 4-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Forwards Alex Newhook, Logan O'Connor and Sampo Ranta along with defensemen Bowen Byram, Cale Makar, Devon Toews and Kurtis MacDermid were amongst those on the squad to lace up Thursday morning. Toews was in a red, non-contact jersey for the session.