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It’s All About The Cup For Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has put his two young children to bed almost every night for nearly four months since the NHL paused its season March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Avalanche center now faces the possibility of not being in the same room with his family for a minimum of five weeks if the Avs reach the Western Conference finals in the proposed 24-team playoffs.

The NHL is still working on an official Phase 4 return-to-play announcement to coincide with a new collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players Association, but according to a TSN report published late Sunday night, the league will conduct its 24-team playoffs in two “bubble” cities — Edmonton and Toronto. It will also not allow advancing teams to see their families until the conference finals....

“It’s a difficult situation. As the parent of two, it’s going to be really mentally difficult to not see your family for a while. I have mixed feelings about it,” Bellemare said Monday in a phone interview. “But I’m ready to return to play. We have a great team. I’m ready to win the Cup. I’m ready to make some sacrifices to win that Cup.”...

“It’s a different situation right now, but normally when you come to pre-camp, you’re already in town and you’re practicing on the ice in different groups. This is similar but I feel like the intensity is a little bit higher just because everybody realizes what’s at skate,” he said. “So everybody is trying to get back to feeling good on the ice but also thinking about getting that edge quick because it’s going to come fast.”

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Nathan MacKinnon Will Miss 1-2 Weeks

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Columbus Puts Some Hurt On Vancouver

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Call it the John Tortorella Revenge Tour.

In a span of eight days, the Columbus Blue Jackets took four points off the Vancouver Canucks and donated another four to the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. So that’s negative eight points for the Canucks in the Pacific Division playoff race.

Spectacularly one-and-done as the Canucks’ coach after a 2013-14 season that saw Vancouver miss the playoffs for the first time in six years, Tortorella, impossibly, has the Blue Jackets still holding down a playoff spot in the merciless Eastern Conference despite Columbus leading the National Hockey League in injuries and nightly dressing a lineup that comes with a media guide.

Playing their second game is as many nights – after losing Saturday in Edmonton – the Blue Jackets largely suffocated the Canucks, refusing to yield any space in front of their net and beating Vancouver 2-1.

It occurred one week after the Canucks blew a two-goal lead in Columbus in the final eight minutes and lost 5-3, spooking the team and its fan base and making clear to all that Vancouver may actually miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs after squandering a nine-point cushion in the standings.

Vancouver has lost five of its last six games. Columbus has won three out of 15, but swept the Canucks.

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‘Smaller’ Calder Odds

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Only three defencemen have won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in the past 20 years, and all three shared a certain profile.

Aaron Ekblad was six-foot-four, 215 pounds when he won five years ago. Tyler Myers was six-foot-eight, 220 pounds when he won in 2010. Seven years before that, St. Louis defenceman Barret Jackman was the winner. Jackman wasn’t a giant at six-feet, 200 pounds, but he was a physical, stay-at-home type who never scored more than four goals in an NHL season....

Two small, puck-moving defencemen, both products of the U.S. college system, are in a fierce battle for this year’s Calder. Neither Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks nor Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche reach the six-foot mark, and neither tips the scales at 200 pounds. You wouldn’t be wrong if you described either as skinny.

Both are swift-skating blue-liners, absolute wizards with the puck, and both would have trouble moving a medium-sized NHL forward from the crease area.

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Ottawa Trades Vladislav Namestnikov To Colorado

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Your Move Joe Sakic

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Anybody who watched the fireworks in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 overtime victory against Colorado Monday night at the Pepsi Center could see the Avs don’t have a goaltender who can carry them to a championship. While Philipp Grubauer (currently injured) and Pavel Francouz are competent pros, either man would rank closer to the bottom than the top in a ranking of netminders in this year’s postseason field.

And this is gonna hurt:  Mikko Rantanen will be out for multiple weeks after taking a nasty fall into the boards during the second period, with what appeared to be a serious injury to his collarbone or shoulder.

The pressure is now on Sakic to make a deal that can keep the Avs in contention for a top playoff seed in the highly competitive Western Conference.

With seats in the arena reserved for scouts from Montreal, Los Angeles and Detroit, all teams that figure to be sellers at the deadline, I dreamed of the Avs adding a goaltender. But with a salary cap hit in excess of $10 million from now until the middle of this decade, 32-year-old Canadiens goalie Carey Price falls well beyond a reasonable price range for Sakic or any other general manager of a contending team.

So if Henrik Lundqvist isn’t walking through those doors in the Avalanche dressing room any time soon, it appears Colorado will have to run and gun its way through the playoff bracket.

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Videos- OT Game Winner From Nikita Kucherov

Nikita Kucherov strips the puck in OT from Nathan MacKinnon and scores the OT winner.  Rick Peckham with the call.

It's the 11th consecutive win for the Bolts.  Watch the extended game highlights below.

 

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Video- Mikko Rantanen Out Weeks With Injury

Watch the injury below..

 

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Video- Recap Of The Stadium Series Game

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Relive the excitement of the 2020 Stadium Series between the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche at the Air Force Academy.

 

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All Kinds Of Numbers For Stadium Series

The game on Saturday is at 8:00pm ET between the LA Kings and Colorado Avalanche.

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY (Feb. 14, 2020) – A look at the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ “By the Numbers.”

1 – The U.S. Air Force Academy is hosting its first outdoor hockey game in Falcon Stadium, home of the Air Force Falcons Football and Lacrosse teams, as well as, the Academy’s annual graduation.

1 – The NHL, Colorado Avalanche, USA Hockey and Athletica Sport Systems unveiled the first-Ever On-Ice Sled Hockey Sled Bench Prototype unveiled as part of the 2020 NHL Stadium Series Legacy Project.

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