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From the Denver Post,
Even if the Avs win the division and are the Western Conference’s No. 3 seed, they will open their first playoff series on the road.
The NCAA’s Frozen Four is at the Pepsi Center on April 10 and 12, and the logistical reality is that the NCAA would have claim on the building from April 9 — the opening day of the NHL playoffs — through April 12.
The NHL has assured Avalanche officials that the team will retain the home-ice advantage in the first round as the No. 3 seed, with four of the seven games played in Denver, if all are necessary. The league hasn’t said how that would work, but it likely would be under a 2-3-1-1 schedule, with the third through fifth and seventh games ticketed for the Pepsi Center.
*maybe it would be easier for everybody if they just skipped the playoffs? (kidding, kidding…)
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
His favourite website is hockeyfights.com. The site lists all the fights over an NHL year, describes them, and lets fans vote on who won or lost.
“We all look at it, even if guys say they don’t,” said Laperriere, who’s had 15 fights this year.
“I’m 34, that’s pretty good. More than I expected.”
He played Thursday with a sore finger on his left hand, so he wasn’t in a mood to drop the mitts, but he’s willing, if he’s able.
“Hockeyfights is a great study. There’s no better tool than that. You know if a guy throws right or left. You better know that before you get a shiner.”
from the CP via TSN,
Ryan Smyth and Peter Forsberg were both kept out of the Colorado Avalanche’s lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Smyth skated effortlessly earlier in the day and showed no signs of the concussion and shoulder injury that forced him to miss five games. Forsberg, out with a strained groin, didn’t take the ice at all in the Avalanche’s morning skate.
from the Denver Post,
When the Avs return to practice Thursday morning, they probably will be joined by their pricey left winger, Ryan Smyth.
Smyth, the team said Tuesday, is likely to return after making a speedy recovery from the scary hit he took March 1 in a game against Los Angeles. He suffered a concussion and slightly separated shoulder after being hit by Kings defenseman Jack Johnson into the turnbuckle near the Avs’ bench.
read on for more on the Avs…
added 2:46pm, from the Dallas Morning News,
Steve Ott was defiant in his defense of his hit on Colorado’s Jordan Leopold, which resulted in a three-game suspension today.
“I finished my hit. My one foot did leave the ice, but that’s because my other foot was planted. My right foot never left the ice,” Ott said. “I hit him shoulder to shoulder.”
from the Dallas Morning News,
Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott will receive a three-game suspension for his hit Sunday on Colorado defenseman Jordan Leopold, Stars co-GM Les Jackson confirmed Tuesday night.
Ott had a phone conference with NHL director of operations Colin Campbell on Tuesday, and Campbell is expected to announce the suspension today.
Watch the incident…
Adam Foote was able to join the Avalanche again tonight, after missing two games with a hip injury. But he left the game against Atlanta, with an injury to the same hip.
from All Things Avs,
Never have I encountered a more mystifying person and player than Forsberg. As soon as you feel like things are going to be fine with him, something always pops up. That’s why I was surprised for about, oh, a tenth of a second last night when Avs Vice President, PR man and Official Voice of the Avalanche, Jean Martineau, told me Forsberg wouldn’t play because of a groin issue.
Here’s what I think might be the case: Forsberg wasn’t going to play all along last night. But rather than just say he was too tired to play, they said he had a groin pull.
Why they would do that, though, if that’s the case, doesn’t make a lot of sense. Why get the fans all worried - as they always are about No. 21 - by saying he’s hurt again?
more on the Avs…
via the Rocky Mountain News,
Though not entirely unexpected, this is an ominous sign.
Three games into his Colorado comeback, Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg sat out Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Stars because of a groin injury.
added 8:32pm, Also, Adam Foote is missing his 2nd game due to a sore hip.
Brenden Morrow was skating along the boards, interfered with by the Avs Jeff Finger and taken into the glass partition between the benches. Finger gets 2 for interference, Morrow gets stunned and was down on his knees for a few minutes while being treated by the Stars trainer.
Morrow is back on the ice, after missing a few shifts.
from All Things Avs,
The Ducks are going to do a lot of things tonight that I’m sure will have the wine-and-cheese crowd at the Pepsi Center getting up out of their seats for the rare occasion in protest. Guys like Corey Perry and Chris Pronger are going to cross check Peter Forsberg in the back, or give some kind of shot to Paul Stastny or Milan Hejduk. They will either be penalized by the referees or not, but if not, there will be a lot of howling and whining about the injustice of it all. And if that happens, then I guarantee you the Ducks will win the game tonight.
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