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Morning Flurries: It’s Basketball Season

Worried, but not panicked about Mikko Rantanen

Arizona Coyotes v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

Building Friends

It’s been a long couple of days without hockey, but Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog made sure to wish the Nuggets some luck for their season opener. The Nuggets defeated the Portland Trailblazers 108-100, and are undefeated so far this season. Landeskog’s layups, on the other hand are in dire need of help. He seems better suited to playing hockey and cheering for basketball than trying a new career.


In addition to joining Landeskog at the Nuggets game, MacKinnon sat down with Nova Scotia neighbor Sydney Crosby to talk to some kids about how to make hockey more fun. The general consensus, was that kids like things you find at birthday parties, including donuts and Piñatas. One adorable kid requested puppies, and sure enough the two NHLers came to youth practice with their arms full of puppies.

See, even kids like puppies, so can the Avs please get us a puppy now?

Mikko’s Ankle

It looked worse on TV than it actually was. After some of us feared that Mikko Rantanen’s season would be over after suffering an ankle injury in Monday’s game, Head Coach Jared Bednar said that he’s just week-to-week. His loss still hurts, but should just be temporary. However, a few other notables were missing from practice yesterday including Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, J.T. Compher, Ian Cole. Hopefully, it was just a maintenance day because we still need a full line up for tomorrow’s game.

Records are Meant to be Broken

2018 3rd round draft pick Justus Annunen now holds the longest shutout streak in the Liiga league. The previous record was 259 minutes and 28 seconds, which he beat by 30 minutes to extend the streak to 289 minutes and 31 seconds,. He’s not quite NHL ready, but expect to hear lots more about Annunen in the near future.