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Avalanche's Cale Makar confident ahead of rare NHL playoff debut

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DENVER — The helmet didn’t fit, but it appeared everything else about the situation was comfortable for Cale Makar Monday morning at Pepsi Center.

Two days after his illustrious collegiate career ended in the national final, the 20-year-old Calgarian will suit up for the Colorado Avalanche to make one of the NHL’s most intriguing playoff debuts in recent memory.

It’s a hard enough step to make the jump from college to the pros, but being immersed into Game 3 of an intense playoff series between Colorado and Calgary takes the challenge to another level.

And to do it against the team he grew up cheering for simply thickens the plot.

“I don’t think it will be, hopefully, too big of a transition,” said the University of Massachusetts-Amhert stud, who won the Hobey Baker Award Friday after leading Hockey East in scoring as a defenceman.

“(UMass) is coming off of a championship game and NCAA hockey is pretty fast-paced itself. I don’t think the speed or anything will be too much of a challenge for........

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