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Darcy Kuemper “good to go”

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Positive news out of Avalanche practice today: Darcy Kuemper is back, and Jared Bednar said he is “good to go” in resuming his playoff game action.

If the St. Louis Blues eliminate the Minnesota Wild tonight in Game 6 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, they will play the Avs in the second round. We still don’t know when Game 1 will start. While Saturday would have seemed the logical day, if the Blues win tonight, there are whispers that the series might not start until Monday, regardless of what happens tonight.

If the Wild win tonight (and it’ll be Cam Talbot in goal for Minnesota, not Marc-Andre Fleury), it would be highly probable Round 2 would start Monday.

Kuemper was not made available to the media, but Bednar said all the encouraging things you’d hope for in discussing his health.

“Everything looks good,” Bednar said.

Bednar said the only issue Darcy Kuemper had with his right eye was the swelling around it. There is nothing wrong with the cornea, etc.

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“I liked our practice today. Short and sweet. Tomorrow, we’ll probably go a little harder and heavier,” Bednar. “We’re eager to figure out who we’re playing.”

Bednar said he mostly did yard work the last couple days. He said it was a “good mental break” for him and the team, but now it’s back to business.

The Avs had a fully healthy lineup on the ice today. Nobody is on the injured list. Bednar said he “has a pretty good idea” of who will play in Game 1. But, in keeping with his new policy, he’s not divulging the lineup to the media.

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bernieslugs

Kuemper plays thus his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. He is the man in the arena.

Charlie Anderson

Great news AD thank you. Wow did the Wild seriously diss Talbot with the whole MAF thing or what? I’d be a little put out if I was Talbot right now. Seems like he was the main reason they had the great regular season. Then they go and trade for MAF and play him the first 3 games, now Talbots supposed to come in and save the day? SMH

Bob Neal

Are you just trying to upset Yan?

Sean Washington

Yanuel…Girard

Sean Washington

Well said. De Flower is done!

Yan Girard

Wild is limited team. Their strenght is in the net with MAF and Talbot. Wild don’t seem have answer for Blues. Desperate move to create sparke.

dk

Wrong. Their strength is with the Mad Russian.

Gary Batman

Zadorov?

Donald Victory

OMG so ludicrous. Wild are deep through all four lines and have a decent D corps.

dk

MN’s goaltending wasn’t nearly as important to their success as their top line was. I think Evason played Fleury more because Talbot did not have success against the Blues in the regs.

GWood

Love to read all those words!

Sean Washington

While Saturday would have seemed the logical day, if the Blues win tonight, there are whispers that the series might not start until Monday, regardless of what happens tonight.

Of course, Gary Batman will give any and all advantages to any team not the Colorado Avalanche!

Donald Victory

I sure hope hope J-rod was thinking about Plan B, C, D…Z while pulling dandilions. And how good tillering things up can be for the garden as well as getting out of round two.

Matt Briggle

I’m sure he was taking the weeds he pulled and arranging them as breakouts and forechecks.

Donald Victory

Touche’

Donald Victory

Dendelions, spelled correctly!

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