Each team had a lively practice at a local municipal skating rink, as preparations for regular season matches began at the Nokia Arena in Tampere on Friday (2pm ET; NHLN, SN, ALT, BSOH, SN NOW) and Saturday began in earnest, after the day One all team arrived here.
Hit the avalanche first and practiced it for over an hour. It was the first time they had skated since the 5-4 loss at the New York Islanders on Saturday.
“Our schedule was a bit strange,” coach Jared Bednar said. “We’ve had vacation days stacked on top of the days off, so it’s really nice to be able to get the guys on the ice today.
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“We have another day off tomorrow. We’re trying to find a rhythm here a little bit and practice time will help in that regard. We wanted to make sure we got the work done today before we take on tomorrow.”
The players hugged her. Many of them stayed well after they finished training, working on the skills or messing around a bit.
Colorado Defenseman Devon Toze He said there was a sense of urgency for Avalanche (4-4-1) to find their game after back-to-back losses to the New Jersey Devils (1-0 on Friday) and the Islands.
Although the Avalanche players are excited to take a day off on Wednesday to see the sights and enjoy what the city has to offer, they also know that this leaves them open practice at the Nokia Arena on Thursday before playing the Blue Jackets.
“We have a few more days and I think we’ll need it,” Toyos said. “It’s great to be sitting on the ice here today. … We’re on a long trip here. We’ve been away from home for a while already, and it’s hard for us to deal with this trip. But at the end of the day we’re here to try and win two games and we have to get back to our game. “.
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The Blue Jackets (3-7-0) are also looking to get back to their game. They lost 7-1 at the Devils on Sunday and have had that bitter taste ever since.
Their job on Tuesday was to begin the purge in preparation for two games against the Stanley Cup holders.
Legs under us started forward Jack Ruslovich He said. “We are a serious team and we have to start playing a little better.”
That’s the message coach Brad Larsen has been giving since the Blue Jackets arrived in Finland.
“We are in the regular season, this is not pre-season,” he said. “Every game is important, especially when we are now.”
However, Larsen still wants his players to embrace the moment. He pointed the way forward Patrick Lin Skate on Tuesday, almost dance across the ice. Lynn is from Tampere and will be playing against family and friends this weekend.
“It’s a very exciting journey for a lot of guys, and some guys from here,” Larsen said. “For us as a team and as an organization, this is a great experience.
“I think this is a really good opportunity for the team to enjoy what Finland has to offer, but we have to make sure that we focus when we have time to train and prepare for matches.”
They have a good model to follow in avalanche, which Bednar says have become masters at balancing the competing demands of enjoying the process and being prepared when necessary.
“I like to think that’s how we’re trying to go through the season,” Bednar said. “You know, it’s a long season. It’s tax season. Obviously the game is the most important thing and you have to be focused and prepared for these matches.
“But we want our guys to enjoy each other’s company and to go out and be able to do things and enjoy things away from the rink as well. This is special.”
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