NEW YORK – The puck drops on the Avs’ 2017-18 season here about 4 1/2 hours from now, and BSN Denver will be there to bring you the scene.

You have your forward lines from earlier in the day. As we said, Carl Soderberg will be a healthy scratch. I’m sure we’ll discuss that more as time goes on, but Jared Bednar has clearly shown he’s not playing favorites or coaching by the size of a guy’s contract.

Also a healthy scratch tonight: Nikita Zadorov. That’s right, the big Russian just was deemed not ready to play in the opener.

“He’s got some catching up to do,” coach Jared Bednar said.

Ouch. That’s nearly $7 million in salary between Soderberg and Zadorov, not in uniform. I suspect Big Z will play at least one game on this trip, but it won’t happen tonight.

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Chris Bigras will be paired with Andrei Mironov, while Erik Johnson will skate with Mark Barberio. Tyson Barrie will skate with Patrik Nemeth, the waiver-wire pickup from Dallas.

Am I surprised Zadorov is out and a guy like Nemeth is in? Yeah, I guess, some anyway. But this is the price you pay for missing several days of training camp.

Semyon Varlamov is in goal, against Henrik Lundqvist.

By the way, it’s “Alexander” Kerfoot, not Alex.

“That’s what my mom prefers to call me, so…,” Kerfoot said. “I don’t really care, but she’s pretty picky.”

Kerfoot’s parents will spend the next few days out east, watching his first three games.

Matt Duchene talked some today. For nearly three minutes, in fact. But, as he said before we gathered around him, “anything other than the game, I’m not going to talk about.”

But he seemed in good spirits and ready to go.

Here’s the video:

Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling “Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports’ Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era” and “100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”, which was published in October, 2016.

  • I’m digging the insight AD. Maybe Bednar is sending a message to Zadarov. If so, I hope he is motivated by it – in a positive way.

    • Adrian Dater

      I think he’s gotten the message loud and clear

  • I love the message it sends that Soderberg and Zadorov are sitting. Don’t do what the coach ask of you? You sit. Play poorly? You sit. Not have time flight conditioning? You sit. Doesn’t matter who you are.