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Avs stay sluggish in preseason, fall to 1-4 overall



Well, the 2016-17 Colorado Avalanche went 5-0 in the preseason, then had a franchise-worst 48-point season. So, the records mean nothing. Except, well, you don’t like to lose much more than you win, no matter what. It just doesn’t feel good. And, so, the Avs aren’t feeling too great tonight probably, after losing another won in the preseason, 3-1 to the Dallas Stars.

It’s not quite that the Avs are losing, but that they aren’t playing with much zest out there. It seems like everyone is just a little…flat…so far. The Avs are now 1-4 on the preseason, which finishes Saturday night at Ball Arena against the Stars.

The Avs were outshot 29-27, including 14-3 in the second period, as Darcy Kuemper went the distance in net. The Avs just haven’t shown a lot offensively so far in the season, and that was certainly the case again in Dallas.

Only a late J.T. Compher goal prevented a shutout for Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin. The Avs were coached on the bench by assistants Ray Bennett and Nolan Pratt, as head coach Jared Bednar is sidelined after testing positive for Covid-19.

In a brief session with the media after, Bennett said that he and Pratt will be able to handle the responsibility.

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“Nolan and I have our assignments. In the end, it’s just coaching hockey,” Bennett said.

Not much else to say about this game. Youngsters such as Shane Bowers, Alex Newhook and Martin Kaut had quiet nights, as did most others. Kuemper allowed two goals on 28 shots, and played pretty well overall.

Bennett said of the final game coming up Saturday: “There are certainly opportunities in our lineup and we’re trying to evaluate that.”

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Hope it doesn’t end up leading to a slow start to the season…don’t think that would be easy to overcome given the factors in play…need a decent-strong start more so than in past seasons I would suspect…


I am not concerned over the preseason record what I am concerned about is lack of competitive energy espically from the top level rookies in camp this year. I expected to see these rookies push much harder than they have to cement slot on lines three and four. I sure hope Bednar is able to turn up the energy before the start of the regular season.

Luke Waggoner

I’m not concerned at all. None of the vets are playing 100% (including Kuemper I think), many of the vets haven’t even played too much this preseason, and the lines and D-pairs have been completely scrambled (not to mention we haven’t even seen Makar this pre-season).


I think the only ones who need t worry are the guys trying to crack the roster. Running out of time to get the lead out!

Kelly Clifton

The worst record award for preseason is currently held by the Av’s. Even though it would have been great to see a cohesive group of prospects overwhelm with speed and skill I just don’t find this alarming (much). Winning is nice anytime, but it is not really what preseason play is about. Invert the 2021 NHL preseason record to find the majority of teams most likely to succeed in the playoffs. The best regular hockey is almost never found in October either, although I did get tickets for the October Vegas game. The first 7-8 regular season games while the… Read more »

Charlie Anderson

Ever since 16-17 I love to see them lose in the preseason.

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