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

May 9, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; The Colorado Avalanche players celebrate after a series win 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 in a perfectly healthy roster when the Avalanche returned to practice at Family Sports on Thursday.

The Avs had two days off after their first-round win over the Nashville Predators. Each of the other seven series requires at least one Game 6 to complete. Between St. Louis and Minnesota, Colorado awaits the winner of the other Central Division series.

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The Blues currently hold a 3-2 lead in the series, with Game 6 scheduled for Thursday night at the Enterprise Center.

Avs coach Jared Bednar said he will adjust his line-up for the next opponent. Forward Alex Newhook missed the entire first round and Andrew Cogliano missed all of the last three games through 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 in the lineup, so we didn’t make any changes during this series,” Bednar said. But we’ll see who we play against and what the matchups look like.”

Avalanche lines in practice:
Valeri Nichushkin – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Gabriel Landeskog – Nazem Kadri – Artturi Lehkonen
Nicolas Aube-Kubel – JT 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 Kumper
Pavel Françouz

Aarif Deen is our beat reporter for Colorado Avalanche. He streams Avs games live from the Ball Arena and attends daily practices, media availability and other Avs-related events. He is also the co-host of Hockey Mountain High: Your Favorite Avalanche Podcast. Deen joined Mile High Sports after completing his bachelor’s degree in journalism and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Prior to Mile High Sports, Deen worked for the Michigan Wolverines Athletics Department as Assistant Sports Information Director.

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