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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators
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Avs No. 1 G Darcy Kuemper ready for second round

May 11, 2022, 3:42 PM

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When the Colorado Avalanche open the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, top goaltender Darcy Kuemper plans to be in net.

Colorado awaits the winner of the St. Louis Blues-Minnesota Wild series after sweeping the Nashville Predators in the first round.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar confirmed Kuemper would be good for the first game of the second-round series after sitting out the Game 4 closeout of Nashville with an eye injury.

Kuemper won the first two games of the series, but he took a hit to the eye from the stick of Predators center Ryan Johansen in Game 3. Johansen's stick went through Kuemper's mask.

"His spirits are good. He looks good," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "I'm not going to give you the full report, but his eye is at least a little bit open. So that's good, and he's got some nice coloring on there. I think we all told him that same night, 'Just kind of count your blessings. That could have been bad.'"

St. Louis hosts Game 6 of the best-of-seven series with Minnesota on Thursday night. The Blues grabbed a 3-2 lead at Minnesota on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators
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Avalanche G Darcy Kuemper (eye) to miss Game 4

May 9, 2022, 7:33 PM

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper will miss Monday night's Game 4 against the Nashville Predators with a swollen right eye.

Pavel Francouz will get the start in goal for the Avs, who could clinch the Western Conference series with a win. They lead the best-of-seven series 3-0.

Kuemper had to leave Saturday's Game 3 after being accidentally struck in the face by Predators center Ryan Johansen's stick. Kuemper was able to skate off to the locker room holding a towel to his face.

Francouz stopped 18 of 20 shots in relief of Kuemper, helping the Avs to a 7-3 win.

The Avs called up Justus Annunen from their AHL affiliate to back up Francouz.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche
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Avalanche's Andrew Cogliano leaves Game 1 with injury

May 4, 2022, 4:27 AM

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Colorado Avalanche forward Andrew Cogliano left Game 1 of their first-round playoff series with an upper-body injury in the second period and will not return.

Cogliano, who scored one of the Avalanche's five goals against the visiting Nashville Predators in the first period, sustained the injury in the second period and was ruled out for the third period.

His short-handed goal with 11:30 left in the first period extended Colorado's lead to 3-0. It was his first goal with the Avalanche since he was acquired from San Jose at the trade deadline. He scored four goals in 74 games in the regular season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Calgary Flames at Nashville Predators
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Predators G Juuse Saros out for at least two games vs. Avs

May 3, 2022, 1:20 AM

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Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros will miss at least the first two games of the Predators' first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against Colorado due to a high left ankle sprain.

The announcement by coach John Hynes on Monday means Nashville is without its top goaltender until at least Game 3 of the series, scheduled for Saturday in Nashville. Game 1 is set for Tuesday night, with Game 2 on Thursday, with both contests in Denver.

Saros sustained the injury on April 26 against the Calgary Flames and did not play in the Predators' final two regular-season games.

Saros' absence leaves David Rittich or Connor Ingram as the starter in Game 1 vs. the top-seeded Avalanche. Rittich has appeared as a sub in one postseason game, when he saved six of the nine shots he faced while playing for Calgary against the Dallas Stars on Aug. 20, 2020. Ingram has no playoff experience.

Saros, 27, had a 38-25-3 record in 67 starts for the Predators this season, with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames
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NHL fines Avalanche's Logan O'Connor, Kurtis MacDermid

April 30, 2022, 7:28 PM

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The NHL on Saturday fined Colorado Avalanche forward Logan O'Connor and defenseman Kurtis MacDermid for their actions in the team's regular-season finale against the Minnesota Wild.

O'Connor was fined $1,812.50 for cross-checking Wild defenseman Dmitry Kulikov during the first period of Colorado's 4-1 loss on Friday night. MacDermid received a $2,187.50 fine for kneeing Minnesota forward Marcus Foligno later in the first period.

O'Connor received a minor penalty for boarding, while MacDermid was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for kneeing.

The fines were the maximum allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

The Central Division Avalanche (56-19-7, 119 points) will face off against the Nashville Predators (45-30-7, 97 points) in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Calgary Flames at Nashville Predators
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Predators G Juuse Saros to sit out final two games

April 27, 2022, 6:51 PM

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Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros will miss the last two games of the regular season because of a lower-body injury.

Saros sustained an apparent left leg injury during the third period of the Predators' 5-4 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. He skated to the bench after an interference penalty on Flames defenseman Oliver Kylington with 6:32 remaining in regulation.

David Rittich replaced Saros and surrendered a game-tying goal to Matthew Tkachuk with 0.1 seconds remaining in the third period. The Predators (44-29-7, 95 points), however, secured a postseason berth later in the night after the Dallas Stars defeated the Vegas Golden Knights.

Saros, 27, sports a 38-25-3 record with a 2.64 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and four shutouts in an NHL-high 67 starts this season. He played in his first NHL All-Star Game earlier in the campaign.

Also on Wednesday, the Predators recalled goaltender Connor Ingram from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

Ingram, 25, posted a 30-17-7 record with a 2.70 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 54 appearances with the Admirals this season.

--Field Level Media

NCAA Hockey: Frozen Four Semifinals-Minnesota State vs Minnesota
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Avalanche sign Hobey Baker finalist Ben Meyers

April 13, 2022, 7:55 PM

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The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Ben Meyers on Wednesday to a two-year contract through the 2022-23 season.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for Meyers, who finished as a finalist for the 2022 Hobey Baker Award. The honor is given annually to the best player in men's Division I hockey,

Meyers was named the Big Ten Player of the Year after recording team-leading totals in both goals (17) and points (41) in 34 games this past season at the University of Minnesota.

Meyers, 23, represented the United States at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche
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NHL fines Oilers' Evander Kane, Predators' Colton Sisson

April 8, 2022, 6:24 PM

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NHL Player Safety announced fines Friday for forwards Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers and Colton Sissons of the Nashville Predators.

Kane drew a $5,000 fine for kneeing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean Durzi at 4:23 of the second period in the Oilers' 3-2 road win Thursday night. It's the maximum allowable fine under the collective bargaining agreement.

Kane, 30, who received a two-minute penalty, has 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) in 33 games this season.

Sissons was fined $2,500 for spearing Ottawa Senators forward Josh Norris during the closing seconds of the third period during Nashville's 3-2 road win Thursday night. They were battling for the puck when Sissons appeared to hit Norris in the stomach with his stick.

Sissons, 28, did not draw a penalty. He has 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 67 games this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Arizona Coyotes
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Avs sign D Kurtis MacDermid to two-year extension

April 5, 2022, 4:04 PM

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The Colorado Avalanche signed defenseman Kurtis MacDermid on Tuesday to a two-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season.

The team did not disclose the financial details, but multiple outlets said it was worth just under $1 million per season.

MacDermid, 28, has skated in a career-high 53 games this season and is third on the Avalanche and second among the team's defensemen with 96 hits. He has two goals and three assists.

"Kurtis has done everything we've asked of him this season. He brings toughness and versatility to our lineup, playing both forward and defense, sometimes both in the same game," Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said in a news release. "He's a great teammate and well respected in our locker room. We're excited to have him under contract for two more years."

Acquired by the Avalanche in a trade with the Seattle Kraken on July 27, 2021, MacDermid has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 171 career contests with the Los Angeles Kings (2017-21) and Colorado.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild
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Avs' Nathan MacKinnon returning after one-game absence

March 31, 2022, 3:18 PM

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Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon is back after sitting out one game with an upper-body injury.

Coach Jared Bednar confirmed during his radio show that the 26-year-old forward will be on the ice Thursday night when the Avs host the San Jose Sharks.

MacKinnon did not play in Tuesday's 2-1 victory against the Calgary Flames.

He logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time in the Avalanche's 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. The Denver Post reported MacKinnon may have sustained a hand injury in his fight with Wild defenseman Matt Dumba during the third period.

MacKinnon has recorded 70 points (22 goals, 48 assists) in 51 games this season.

He has 630 points (232 goals, 398 assists) in 624 career games since the Avs selected him with the top overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: New York Islanders at Boston Bruins
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NHL fines Bruins' Taylor Hall, Predators' Tanner Jeannot

March 30, 2022, 4:30 PM

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Boston Bruins forward Taylor Hall and Nashville Predators rookie forward Tanner Jeannot are a little lighter in the wallet on Wednesday.

The NHL fined Hall $5,000 for roughing Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin during Tuesday's game. The league also docked Jeannot $2,000 for kneeing Ottawa Senators captain Brady Tkachuk in Tuesday's contest.

Both fines were the maximum allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

Hall, 30, was assessed a minor penalty for roughing after punching Lyubushkin in the side of the head with 4:16 remaining in the second period. Lyubushkin levied a hit on Hall prior to the latter's punch.

Lyubushkin did not return to the game for what the Maple Leafs called precautionary reasons.

Hall scored his 15th goal of the season late in the third period of Boston's 6-4 loss to Toronto. The former Hart Trophy recipient also has 35 assists in 66 games this season.

Jeannot, 24, was assessed a minor penalty for tripping at 1:22 of the third period.

Tkachuk remained in the game for the Senators, who dropped a 4-1 decision to the Predators.

Jeannot scored his NHL rookie-leading 23rd goal of this season at 10:07 of the third period. He also has 17 assists in 66 games.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche
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Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon to sit out vs. Flames

March 29, 2022, 6:25 PM

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Colorado Avalanche star forward Nathan MacKinnon has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the host Calgary Flames because of an upper-body injury.

MacKinnon logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time in the Avalanche's 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. The Denver Post reported MacKinnon may have sustained a hand injury in his fight with Wild defenseman Matt Dumba during the third period.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar told The Denver Post on Tuesday that the team's worry about the injury was "high."

MacKinnon, 26, has recorded 70 points (22 goals, 48 assists) in 51 games this season.

He has 630 points (232 goals, 398 assists) in 624 career games since the Avalanche selected him with the top overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames
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Avalanche get F Artturi Lehkonen from Habs

March 21, 2022, 6:44 PM

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The Colorado Avalanche acquired forward Artturi Lehkonen from the Montreal Canadiens on Monday in exchange for Justin Barron and a second-round draft pick in 2024..

Lehkonen, 26, has 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 58 games this season. He was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft by Montreal and has 74 career goals to go with 75 assists in five-plus seasons with the franchise.

Barron, 20, was Colorado's first-round pick (No. 25 overall) in the 2020 draft. He's appeared in just two NHL games this season and in 43 with the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League, tallying 20 points (five goals, 15 assists).

Lehkonen joins winger Tyler Toffoli and blueliner Ben Chiarot as players who have been traded away by the Canadiens.

The Avalanche currently are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference with 93 points.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild
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Avalanche acquire Nico Sturm from Wild for Tyson Jost

March 15, 2022, 7:03 PM

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The Colorado Avalanche acquired Nico Sturm from the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in exchange for fellow forward Tyson Jost.

Sturm, 26, has recorded 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 53 games this season. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound Sturm has totaled 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists) in 111 career games with the Wild.

"Nico is a big, strong forward who also brings a heavy defensive presence. He is a defensive-minded center who can chip in offensively, is good on draws and can contribute on the penalty kill," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. "We would like to thank Tyson for everything he has brought to our team over the last five seasons, not just on the ice, but in the generous and impactful work he has done throughout the community."

Jost, 24, has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 59 games this season. He has 103 points (45 goals, 58 assists) in 321 career games since being selected by the Avalanche with the 10th overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Anaheim Ducks
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Ducks trade D Josh Manson to Avalanche

March 14, 2022, 10:49 PM

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The Colorado Avalanche acquired defenseman Josh Manson from the Anaheim Ducks on Monday in exchange for defenseman Drew Helleson and a 2023 second-round pick.

Manson, 30, has recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) in 45 games for the Ducks this season, his eighth campaign in Anaheim. He ranks third on the team in hits (116).

Selected by Anaheim in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft, Manson has totaled 113 points (26 goals, 87 assists) in 453 career contests.

Helleson, 20, was selected by the Avalanche in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft. He just completed his junior season at Boston College.

--Field Level Media