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I need to do a rare self-reply because this part of my sleep-deprived 0:dark:30 rant Kuemper if he's done for the year, which after watching the year, it looks like he could bewas way off* and I gotta clean it up. Kuemper returned to the Avs' bench 2 nights later in Anaheim to back up Pavel Francouz (who notched his first career shutout) for a game that, on an unrelated note, saw MacDermid-Deslauriers V go a bit over a minute--one of those classic tough-guy scraps where both guys get tired out and there's no real loser. In this one it looks like most commenters are going with Deslauriers due to his serious reach handicap and the fact that he got MacDermid's helmet off 2/3 of the way in but didn't lose his own. Then DK returned to the ice tonight and for the second of the back-to-back 'LA swing' to beat the Kings 4-1. Colorado's now on a 10-0-1 streak and sitting atop the West. Of course, it's a bit silly to look at NHL standings based on points with teams playing such a widely varying number of games: currently 32 for the Isles, up to 42 for the Ducks/Preds, with a median of 39. I'm glad they finally got around to scheduling the Covid make-ups for the break, so long after it was announced (1 month ago today) that NHL players won't be in Beijing. That should get us back on track for the March stretch run.-n8 (also 2 in a row for the Kraken! w00t!)* because I don't know a lot about concussions, but I've heard that they can be severe without looking like it, or in this case, the opposite. Related: get well soon, Avs up-and-coming D-man Bowen Byram.
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