Some familiar faces were seen at the Pepsi Center this week as the Colorado Avalanche started training camp #2 of the 2019-20 season. The NHL has started phase 3 (start of training camp) of its multi-stepped approach to reopen and finish the hockey season.
The three-month break from hockey has given the Colorado Avalanche time to heal as they were a roster that was depleted due to injury back in March. The last game the Colorado Avalanche played was an overtime win against the New York Rangers back on March 11th. Back then the roster looked quite different, here were all the starting skaters who were out:
▪ Nathan MacKinnon C out 1-2 weeks (March 11th)
▪ Andre Burakovsky LW out day to day (March 11th)
▪ Philip Grubauer G out on IR till mid-March (March 4th)
▪ Mikko Rantanen RW out on IR but practicing (March 4th)
▪ Matt Calvert LW out on IR (February 17th)
▪ Nazem Kadri C out on IR (February 14th)
With three months of rest, every single player listed above is now back in training camp and feeling healthy. Colorado Avalanche head coach Jerad Bednar can now set his lines the way he wants to with a new revitalized team.
96-29-95 together today
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— Kyle Keefe (@kylekeefetv) July 14, 2020
This is all good news for Avalanche fans, as they hold some of the best odds to win the Cup this year. Right now, local online sportsbook, BetMGM, has the Colorado Avalanche tied at 2nd best odds to win the cup at (+800) only behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (+700) and the Boston Bruins (+700).
With head coach Bednar’s ability to reunite together with his own version of the MGM line once again (MacKinnon, Gabe, Mikko) one can expect the Avalanche to be a force come August 2nd when they kick things off in their first round-robin game against the St. Louis Blues.
A completely healthy Colorado Avalanche team is a good sight to behold at the Pepsi Center and they look to keep things that way as they ease their way back into playing form. The Avalanche will plan on traveling to Canada on July 26th to fight for a top seed and begin the 24 seed team playoffs in the Western Conference hub city of Edmonton.
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