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The Avalanche aren’t practicing Sunday, the day between their 3-2 overtime win over the lowly Canadiens (“lowly Canadiens” … that just doesn’t sound right, does it?) and their Monday night meeting with the Blackhawks.

At this point, and even in these times, rest often is better than on-ice repetition.

Besides, if individual Avs want to do aerobic work without going to the practice rink, most have home gym equipment. It’s no longer necessary in this age to hold off-day practices or morning skates only to serve as wakeup calls, roll calls or deterrents to excessive carousing the night before.

Yet, Jared Bednar Saturday night was looking forward to actually having more upcoming practice time, including because five of the next six still are at home, sandwiched around the All-Star break.

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