Avalanche long layoff before Final discussed on ‘NHL @TheRink’ podcast

Jack Johnson isn’t worried about the Colorado Avalanche being rusty from a long layoff before they play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

In fact, the Avalanche defenseman said on this week’s edition of the “NHL @TheRink” podcast that the long layoff – it could be as many as 11 days – will be good for Colorado.

“We had a big, long layoff after the first round going to play St. Louis and this team did not have any rust to shake off in Game 1 against St. Louis,” Johnson told co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P Roarke. “People just assume you’re going to be rusty. I think every team, every series kind of takes on a life of its own. It’s a unique, different animal and a different challenge. We’re not going into this thinking we ‘ re going to be rusty because we did this after round one, had a long layover and it proved to be beneficial for us to get healthy, get rested, get ready to go again.We’re planning on following the same blueprint to get ready for Game 1. “

The Avalanche did not play for seven full days between finishing their sweep of the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference First Round on May 9 and Game 1 against the Blues in the second round on May 17.

They won Game 1 against the Blues 3-2 and outshot them 54-25.

“We’re making the most of the situation,” Johnson said. “We’ve got some time off, which means we’ve got some guys with some bumps and bruises that get to get healthy. And the guys that are healthy, we get to take the opportunity to fine-tune things. You get to practice. You get to train and make sure you can hit the ground running whenever the next round starts. “

Johnson said he is paying more attention to the Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers than he did any of the other series that could have impacted the Avalanche.

“You’re definitely taking a couple mental notes in your head, but whenever we figure out who the next opponent is, we’re going to get plenty of information from our coaching staff so you don’t have to worry about dissecting it too much. But I’m paying more attention now than I have throughout the last three rounds of the playoffs. “

In addition to the interview with Johnson, Rosen and Roarke talked all things Avalanche, including arguing over where Cale Makar ranks on the list of the best defensemen in the NHL.

They also discussed the coaching vacancies in the NHL and which of them (Vegas Golden Knights, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets) is the most enticing.

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