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from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche has placed starting goalie Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve and recalled Calvin Pickard from Lake Erie to replace him.
Reto Berra will start Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators in place of Varlamov, who has suffered a mild groin injury.
Varlamov participated in the morning skate Thursday and was the scheduled starter. He likely injured his groin at the very end of practice, or tweaked after injuring it in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss at Toronto.
The Avs said Varlamov (0-2-1) should be available Oct. 24 against Vancouver.
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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Given the climate within the game that has evolved over the past number of seasons there is heightened awareness and sensitivity to player safety issues. Ongoing studies conducted by both NHL and independent medical experts provide scientific evidence and newfound knowledge that is slowly changing attitudes and redefining acceptable practices and behavior.
This is being addressed in part, with the addition of new rules relative to protective equipment. Last season visors became mandatory for any player with fewer than 25 games of NHL experience (rule 9.7). In addition, no player is allowed to remove his helmet prior to engaging in a fight. If he does so, a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct will be assessed under rule 46.6.
You witnessed a continuation of the player safety theme on Tuesday night when Linesmen Scott Driscoll and Greg Devorski demonstrated their good judgment and quick response to intervene in an altercation before it escalated to full-blown fisticuffs.
more and you can watch the incident below...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Assuming the on-ice officials determined O'Reilly contacted the puck above the crossbar but below his shoulders the puck is eligible to be played by any player. We know that the puck did not enter the net directly off the stick of Ryan O'Reilly but instead glanced off Bruins goalie, Niklas Svedberg and then deflected into the net off the leg and skate of Dennis Everberg. Since there was no distinct kicking motion by Everberg, logic and common sense would indicate that this should be a good hockey goal.
Bill, this is where your question has exposed the contradiction!
Rule 80.3: When an attacking player causes the puck to enter the opponent's goal by contacting the puck above the height of the crossbar, either directly or deflected off any player or official, the goal shall not be allowed (This translates that the subsequent deflection of the puck off the leg and/or skate of Everberg should still result in no goal).
Only to be contradicted by Rule 78.4: If an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed. The player who deflected the puck shall be credited with the goal...
more and watch the play below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
To watch them in person on Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre hammers home the point, both good and bad. When they’ve got the puck in transition or on the counter-attack watch out, because they’re perhaps the most dangerous team in the NHL and they’re electrifying to watch.
But when they get bottled up in their own zone, like they did for stretches Tuesday night by the Leafs, they labor to regain puck possession and give up quality scoring chances.
The fine line for Roy this season is to still accentuate his team’s strength, speed and skill up front while mitigating the defensive zone issues.
We looked down at the Avs bench during Tuesday night’s game and saw Roy seemingly agitated after his team would give away the puck, notably when a Nick Holden turnover in the neutral zone led to a 3-on-1 break for the Leafs in the second period. But Roy insisted afterwards not to read too much into that.
"Me? Agitated? No," Roy said calmly after Tuesday night’s game. "It’s always the way I am, I love to be involved in the game. But no different than last year, I can tell you that.
It happened to be the game winner with less than a half of second left on the clock.
The ref on the goal line called it a goal, the back ref said no goal.
So they huddled before review and called it a no-goal, then went to Toronto and they confirmed no goal.
See the GIF below...
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from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
It was identified in the preseason and, two games into the regular season, it has magnified into a full-blown concern: The Avalanche has scoring woes of soccer proportions.
The Avs, billed as an end-to-end offensive-minded team with young stars thought to be the NHL's next top scorers, have the league's worst offense after two games. Following Saturday's 3-0 home-opening loss to Minnesota, Colorado is the NHL's only team still looking for its first goal.
"Five on five, we were the best team on the ice," Avs coach Patrick Roy said. "If we play like this, I'm not worried.
"If we continue to work like we did tonight, we will start scoring goals. We'll be fine. I know the name of the game is winning hockey games. But we did so many things well tonight. Our confidence should grow."
After taking a stick to the groin area, Tyler Myers with a shot to the head of Andrew Shaw.
Below, Erik Johnson with an elbow to the head of Erik Haula...
from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,
Avs center Matt Duchene said Colorado didn’t see the train coming before it ran them over on Thursday.
“We just weren’t ready for last night,” Duchene said Friday after a gym workout. “We didn’t know what was going to hit us. We played terrible.”...
“That was a clinic for them last night,” Duchene said. “They absolutely dominated us. They probably deserved to win 8-0.”
Duchene managed just one shot on goal in his 19 minutes and 56 seconds on the ice at Minnesota. And he shouldered some blame for the rout, saying nobody, it seemed, wanted to take charge on against the Wild.
“Everyone has to take responsibility for their own game and not pass the problem off to their teammates and their linemates,” Duchene said. “A lot of us didn’t want the puck last night. There were a lot of times we passed the problem to somebody else.”
via the Denver Post,
Adrian Dater, the Denver Post beat writer for the Colorado Avalanche, has been suspended for two weeks without pay for inappropriate language used on Twitter.
The suspension, effective immediately, followed a number of exchanges with users on Oct. 4 and 5.
“Journalists need to recognize that they need to be professional on all platforms. Social media is no different,” Post Editor Gregory L. Moore said. “The language Adrian used is unacceptable, and he knows it.”
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