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Avalanche Morning Skate Diary: Opening Night Lineup And JoJo BACK AGAIN

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Lukas Sedlak

We all have been waiting three months for this…The Colorado Avalanche opening night is finally here! You have all been waiting for what seems like forever since the last official Avalanche game but it was only June 26th! Tonight will be a night full of a lot of emotions for many fans and players alike. The third Stanley Cup banner will take its place in the rafters of Ball Arena prior to the game, so be sure to get there early. It has been 21 years since the last one got raised and that seems like a lifetime ago.

The lineup for tonight is further down, but first some player interviews from today.

I talked to Ben Meyers after practice about making the team out of camp.

“There really was never was a sit-down conversation (on making the team). I just kept coming to the rink every day and rosters were due what, Sunday and I kept coming. So I kinda knew that I made it (laughs),” he said.

I asked him how switching from center to wing has effected his game:

“I played center for the last couple of years but wing before that. I think in pro hockey guys get moved around a lot, it’s part of the game and be versatile like that,” he said

Meyers sounds like he willing to play any forward position position as long as he is here.

Lukas Sedlak said on making the team:

“I guess I get nervous before every game,” he said.

When asked if he thought that playing with coach Jared Bednar in 2016 helped make the team, he said, “I don’t know probably. That is more of a question for him. He is the reason I chose to come to Colorado is because I played for him (at Lake Erie). I know what to expect from him and he knows what to expect from me.”

Sedlak and coach Bednar won the AHL Calder Cup Championship in 2016 with the Lake Erie (now Cleveland) Monsters.

There was one transaction that the Avalanche made in the last 24 hours. This was kind of an expected one though. Jonas Johansson was claimed off of waivers from the Arizona Coyotes. This is the THIRD time he’s come to the team, either via trade or waivers. He will be sent right to the Colorado Eagles as he has already “cleared” waivers. The expectation is that he will backup or share the goalie duties with Justus Annunen. Trent Miner will be sent down to the ECHL Utah Grizzlies to make room.

The Avalanche did a remodeling of the Ball Arena locker room and I will have to say, it is fancy.

Projected lines for Opening Night

Forwards

Superstreak Bonus!

Lehkonen-MacKinnon- Rantanen

Nichushkin- Newhook- Rodrigues

Cogliano-Compher-LOC

Blidh-Sedlak-Meyers

Defensemen

Makar- Toews

Girard-Manson

Byram-EJ

Goalies

Georgiev- starter

Francouz

Scratches

MacDermid- MacDonald (red).

Petr Mrazek will start in goal for the Blackhawks. Colorado is a whopping -400 moneyline favorite at SuperBook Colorado.

 

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Brennan is an aspiring sports writer just getting started in the industry. He is also an intern writer for Full Press Coverage. Brennan has lived in Colorado his whole life and is a graduate in History at Colorado State University. He loves rock and metal music, especially the band Papa Roach.

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slowpokeczech

Sweet digs! Looks like business class, from what I can deduce in economy.

That D-lineup!!! Monsters

Last edited 1 month ago by slowpokeczech
Paul

Fully expect this team to be a serious repeat contender if reasonably healthy and it wants it bad enough. Only real weakness is center on the second line, and Sakic will address it before the trade deadline. #LetsRide (Stay out of this, Russell . . .)

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Jordan

You can’t really say that because Newhook hasn’t had a real chance at the job yet. The few times he has had some playing time with the 2nd line he did good.

Victory Donald

Well now, here we go! With most of the roster now having won a Cup they do know what it takes to repeat. Hopefully the efens is tight out of the gate and stays that way until the Cup is hoisted again!

And injury bug, fuck off!

Jordan

This is interesting. Starting Georgiev tonight means we are playing Frankie against an opponent far superior to the Blackhawks, in our game against the Flames tomorrow. Which I am fine with, because usually we play our actual starter on the 2nd night of a back to back when the 2nd night is against a better team than the first night. If this means Frankie is 1A I love it. However, if Georgie is the 1A then this is BS, because then there is no reason not to play Frankie on the night we raise a banner that he is one… Read more »

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