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Bits and Links November 4th, 2010

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I had forgotten that Kyle Cumiskey had a concussion last season.


The concussion is the second in two seasons for Cumiskey, who sustained one in a game last February. Though he'd only miss five games, the brief absence from the line-up was due to the 2010 Winter Olympic games stopping NHL play for a period of two weeks.



TSN jumps on the Peter Budaj as a  starting goalie train.  It's actually a really nice article.  I sure hope Boods reads it.

"I don't want to sound like this is the end of my rope, meaning that I want to be satisfied with being No. 2," Budaj said. "I'm still going to strive to be a No. 1 goalie and try to battle whenever I get a chance to play, show everybody what I can do."

Despite losing his starting job, Budaj hasn't sulked or scowled. In fact, he has served as Anderson's eyes off the ice, frequently offering pointers on tendencies a team may have on a power play, a move a player might use in a shootout.



A preview for tonight.  

Chris Stewart and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. Stewart is currently riding an eight-game point streak and has eight goals and six assists over that stretch. He is also leading Colorado with nine goals and 16 points this season.

Milan Hejduk has recorded a point in each of his last six games and has three goals and eight assists during that run.


An article about Chris Stewart and his season so far.

"This is definitely the best shape I've been in my life," said Stewart, who was rewarded before the season with a two-year, $5.75 million contract. "I probably played close to 235 (pounds) last year. My body fat is down 2 percent and my muscle is up. I think now I have as much energy in the third period as I do in the first."

Stewart trained at Twist Sport Conditioning in the Toronto area, spending 2 1/2 hours there five days each week. His regimen included working with a track coach for an additional 1 1/2 hours two days a week.


Another preview, this time from CBC

Player's to Watch

Vancouver — Mason Raymond

Raymond has been productive against the Avalanche, with three goals and eight points in the last six meetings. As mentioned, he had the OT winner on Oct. 26.

Colorado — Chris Stewart

Stewart is on a tear with four goals in the last two games and tops the Avalanche with nine goals and 16 points. He has four points in three games versus the Canucks.

That's it for now.