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Avalanche morning skate notebook: Now Philipp Grubauer is hurt



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Hello from the Pepsi Center, where, unfortunately, there is more bad medical news to report. Philipp Grubauer is out day-to-day with a lower-body injury. He won’t play tonight against Nashville and he won’t be available the next game, either.

He is expected to be on the Avs’ next road trip, through Western Canada and Minnesota.

So, Adam Werner is your new backup goalie and Pavel Francouz (above) is your new No. 1 guy for at least the next two games.

Jared Bednar said just now that Grubauer tweaked something in the Dallas game. That’s all we know.

The Avs also recalled forward T.J. Tynan from the Eagles. He should be in the lineup tonight, though. Bednar said it will be a “blender” approach to his forward lines, that he was still thinking of what combinations he’d use against a Predators team that is 6-2-2 in the last 10 games.

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Bednar said that “I still haven’t heard” anything about Mikko Rantanen possibly getting back on skates soon. That situation continues to deteriorate, it would seem, from Bednar’s originally optimistic prognosis that Mikko might only miss two or three weeks with his left leg injury. It’ll be three weeks this coming Monday.

Avs have to just pull up their socks and find a way to win a hockey game. As Erik Johnson said this morning, “Nobody is going to feel sorry for us” out there.

Truer words never spoken.

Talk to you tonight.

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I think there are going to be some armchair GMs that don’t like Bednar’s “blender” approach to the lines. Can’t say I disagree with them though. Fingers crossed Franky steals a game while Grubby is down.


I mean, he’s openly admitting he’s just blending lines together willy nilly? Is that really what you want to hear from an NHL coach for a team that’s besieged with big injuries?


I think that it is time for Jost, Kadri etc. to step up big time. Mac will have the challenge of working as a team player. I don’t have a really good feeling about tonight.(reverse jinx)


maybe now they can start playing the… “nobody expects us to win” card and get a little winning streak together

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