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Morning skate notebook: Grubauer starts, while most players take the option



An optional skate this morning here at the Pepsi Center, and probably more than half the team decided to skip going on the ice.

Hey, no big deal to me, these guys are pros and a 25-minute twirl around the ice isn’t going to magically instill in them things they can’t already do. But with a bunch of new lines being formed for tonight’s game, against the defending Stanley Cup champions?

Yeah, I guess I would have thought they’d have wanted to be together as much as they could, to form as much line  chemistry as possible. And, of course, this team has lost four straight at home. Maybe the rest will be just the tonic some of these guys needed though, we’ll find out starting tonight at 7:30.

Philipp Grubauer will get the start in goal. He has not won a game in about a month, so tonight would be an ideal time to get one. This team needs a win (thank you Captain Obvious), but especially Grubauer needs one, or else he’s going to start facing questions of “Is he really No. 1 material?” That’s the way this business works.

Here, again, are the new lines:


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AD, (or anyone) see the value in knowing who skipped on optional days? I admit to being curious. I can’t say I see any substantial value in knowing.


I hope that Bednar isn’t suddenly going to chafing up lines every other day now. Even if say Rantanen gets a few points, let’s move him up. While on the topic of Rantanen I don’t get why Bednar has him in front of the net on the first PP. That should be Landy. His bread and butter spot. Put Rants on the other unit. Especially cause MacK is playing both units anyway. I should stop before I get ranty.
Also, Happy New Year, AD.

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