Centennial, Colorado. – The Colorado Avalanche can’t wait for the Stanley Cup Final, although they will have to wait until Wednesday or Saturday to host Game 1 at the Ball Arena in Denver.
“Obviously there is a lot of excitement,” Forward Logan O’Connor Friday said. “You know, that’s what you play for, that’s what you dream about as a kid, so everyone is really looking forward to this opportunity.”
An avalanche swept the Edmonton Oilers into the Western Conference final with a 6-5 win in overtime at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Monday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning leads the New York Rangers 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Final Entering Game 6 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, CBC, SN, TVAS).
If Lightning wins Game 6, the Cup Final will begin on Wednesday. If Rangers win Game Six, it will be Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday, with the Cup Final starting on Saturday.
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Avalanche players don’t study the Lightning and the Rangers closely yet.
“I know I don’t pay much attention,” Defensman Devon Toze He said. “Usually it’s just in the background while I’m having dinner, hanging out with my family. I think most guys follow that, at least. I don’t know how much guys are looking for that, and we’ll take a deep dive when we find out who we’re playing.”
With a break of eight or 11 days between games, Avalanche set a schedule for two days of training and one day off every three days.
toes and front Andrei Burakovsky And the Gabriel Landskog Back on the ice Friday after taking maintenance days Thursday. defenseman Josh Manson Took another maintenance day Friday. attackers Andrew Cogliano And the Nazim Qadri All of them stayed out to recover from hand surgery.
It wasn’t bad today,” said Toys. “I think our two guys are well connected. Today we got some 5 on 5 stuff that guys didn’t get in yesterday. I think our guys are ready to go, we’re excited, but we’re going to take the rest as well. You can’t really hope to get a certain amount or number Certain days to rest before you start playing again, so we’ll take it day in and day out. We’re using these days to recover and reset.”
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O’Connor said the avalanche should remain focused on the operation and what gave it success. They are 12-2 in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“We can’t deviate from what got us to this point,” O’Connor said. “I think that’s the bigger message. We’re here for a reason, and we have to keep going, when the opportunity presents itself in a game, we play like we’ve been playing, and I think we can have a lot of success doing that.”
It helped Friday that the stands were packed with fans at the Family Sports Center, the Avalanche practice circuit about 30 minutes southeast of the Ball Arena, on a morning when the temperature was already in the 80s. Avalanche reached the cup final for the first time since winning the cup in 2001.
“We are really grateful that some people have found a way to go to a hockey rink,” the goalkeeper Pavel Francos He said. “I mean, you can lie by the pool in this weather, so yeah, we really appreciate that. I think it’s fun. We always work really hard in practice, but I feel like if there’s some people in the stands, you want to make sure you don’t get lazy or any something “.