Ryan Graves has heard the narrative. He knows the Avalanche’s fast style of play gets questioned, and he seemed ready to talk about it Saturday after a full-team skate.

“Teams have been trying to say all year how physical they’re going to be with us; St. Louis did the same thing,” the Colorado defenseman said, referencing the Avalanche’s first-round sweep of the Blues. “We don’t shy away from it. We’re not worried about it. It’s something we think we can overcome with our speed. We know that our speed will overcome any physicality other teams may bring our way.”

Well, he and his teammates are in for another physical matchup in the second round, with the Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights set to square off starting Sunday evening with Game 1.





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