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Avalanche must cut 4 players before opening night
Four preseason games played and the Colorado Avalanche’s opening night roster is close to set. A total of 58 players reported to training camp and one week before the regular season opens 27 players remain. Head coach Patrick Roy made it clear weeks ago which forwards would comprise the top three lines, and so far he has kept his besides for a slight change. Roy switched Steve Downie from the third line to the top line to play along Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly, and P.A. Parenteau will skate with Jamie McGinn and rookie Nathan MacKinnon on the third line in order to bring more balance to the offense. Downie brings a gritty element to the top line and Parenteau will add a scoring punch to the third line. The real questions in camp weren’t so much about the Avs’ top three lines, but more about the fourth line and the defense. Seven days and two preseason games to go the roster is shaping up, but a few decision still must be mad...
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Well, this sure wasn't the way Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere wanted his preseason debut to go Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.
After facing one shot in the first period of the Avalanche's eventual 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars, Giguere was pulled at 9:44 of the second period after allowing four goals on nine additional shots. The Stars scored their...
And then there were three: three defensemen competing for two places on the Avalanche's 23-man opening night roster.
The Avalanche today assigned Stefan Elliott to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, leaving Matt Hunwick and free-agent signees Nick Holden and Nate Guenin to battle it out for those extra spots.
In somewhat of a surprise move, coach Patrick...
This is the Avalanche lineup for tonight's game against the Dallas Stars at the Pepsi Center (note that Marc-Andre Cliche is playing right wing on Paul Stastny's line, but he also helped kill a first-period penalty):
Ryan O'Reilly-Matt Duchene-Steve Downie
Gabriel Landeskog-Paul Stastny-Marc-Andre Cliche
Guillaume Desbiens-John Mitchell-PA Parenteau