Darcy Kuemper and the Avalanche return to practice ahead of Round 2

May 9, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Colorado Avalanche players celebrate after a series sweep against the Nashville Predators in game four of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Darcy Kuemper was a full participant among a completely healthy roster as the Avalanche returned to practice on Thursday at Family Sports.

The Avs had two days off following their first-round sweep of the Nashville Predators. Each of the other seven series will require at least a Game 6 to conclude. Colorado is awaiting the winner of the other Central Division series between St. Louis and Minnesota.

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The Blues currently have a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 set at Enterprise Center on Thursday night.

Avs coach Jared Bednar said he’ll adjust his lineup based on who their next opponent is. Forward Alex Newhook missed the entire first round and Andrew Cogliano missed each of the last three games following an injury. On defense, Jack Johnson, Ryan Murray and Kurtis MacDermid did not dress in any of the four games.

“I liked what our guys did that were in the lineup so we didn’t make any changes going through that series,” Bednar said. But we’ll see who we’re playing and what the matchups look like.”

 

Avalanche lines at practice:
Valeri Nichushkin – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Gabriel Landeskog – Nazem Kadri – Artturi Lehkonen
Nicolas Aube-Kubel – J.T. Compher – Andre Burakovsky (and Alex Newhook)
Darren Helm – Nico Sturm – Logan O’Connor (and Andrew Cogliano)

Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Josh Manson
Bowen Byram – Erik Johnson
Jack Johnson – Ryan Murray
Kurtis MacDermid

Darcy Kuemper
Pavel Francouz

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Aarif Deen is our Colorado Avalanche beat reporter. He covers Avs games live from Ball Arena and attends practices, media availabilities and other events pertaining to the Avs on the daily beat. He is also a co-host of Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche Podcast. Deen joined Mile High Sports upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Before Mile High Sports, Deen worked for the Michigan Wolverines Athletics Department as the assistant sports information director.

Follow him on Twitter @runwriteAarif

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