First off, I hope everybody had a nice Christmas. We did at the Dater house as well, though this time of year has been tough for me as I’ve gotten older. I would say I tend to get a bit more “melancholy” at the holidays, and I’m not quite sure why. Anyway, here’s what’s going on with the Colorado Avalanche today: nothing. Per NHL CBA regulations, teams must fully be off from Dec. 24-26. No games, no practices, no team-related activities, nothing. There are 12 games on Tuesday, and all 12 of the road teams will fly to their destination cities tomorrow morning.
That includes the Avalanche, who play in Arizona tomorrow night. Fortunately, it’s only a 90-minute flight or so. This will be the Avalanche’s first visit to Mullett Arena, on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. The seating capacity for NHL games at Mullett is listed at 4,600. So, yeah, intimate environs for the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow.
There is no official word on Valeri Nichushkin yet. He left in the third period of Friday’s game in Nashville and didn’t return, with a lower-body injury. As of yet, there have been no listed call-ups of any new players from the Colorado Eagles. Martin Kaut was also hurt in the Nashville game.
Today is the three-week mark since Nathan MacKinnon was hurt, in Philadelphia. The team said he would miss four weeks. By my calculations, that makes one more week to go. Maybe it’ll be sooner than that too, who knows?