Darryl Sutter's squad has the look of a team that is planning to play into June. There are no passengers on this club right now. Every player on this team finishes checks, blocks shots and pays the price to get into the hard areas of the ice.
The puck drops again for Avangard Omsk on Monday. But the team will hit the ice with a void in its lineup and an even bigger hole in the players' hearts in their first game since the death of Alexei Cherepanov.