Avs excited - and at ease - with playoffs

It may be that they don't know any better or – better yet – it may be that they know what they are perfectly content and capable.

As the Avalanche embark on the playoffs they understand the intensity and fierceness that come with the territory. Some have never played in the Stanley Cup playoffs – Colorado hasn't been to the postseason in four years - so the emotions will be new to them but it hasn't kept them up at night.

"I got a good nine hours in. I'm pretty calm right now and I'll have some butterflies before the game tonight when the anthem is going but overall I'm sleeping well," rookie Nathan MacKinnon said. Head coach Patrick Roy admitted that he also wasn't weary of his first playoff game behind the bench, he was only anxious to get it started.

"I'm not too nervous yet," MacKinnon continued.

Colorado was loose and smiling at morning skate just hours before Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild. It appeared as if they weren't fearful of the moment but rather just themselves – composed and playing fast.

"You want to go into the playoffs and let the excitement take over, but remain under control," Roy said. "That's the thing we want to do."

No game or situation – several improbably comebacks down the stretch of their 52 win season can serve as proof – is ever too big. MacKinnon said they would take a moment to enjoy the atmosphere of the arena.

The Avalanche were at ease on the eve of the initial game- now they're rested and more than ready.


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