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Avalanche lines and D pairs for Vegas tonight*

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*This asterisk is to signify that Cale Makar (upper body) could be a game-time decision to play tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights. Otherwise, Jared Bednar said, the same lineup would be on the ice for Game 2 of a four-game set against the Golden Knights as in Game 1. So, these are the lines and D pairs for the game tonight:

Saad-MacKinnon-Rantanen

Burakovsky-Kadri-Donskoi

Nichushkin-Compher-O’Connor

Megna-Bellemare-Dries

D

Toews-Byram

Gilbert-Timmins

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Graves-MacDonald

Grubauer in goal.

Bednar did his Zoom call with the media as some players were still on the ice at the morning skate at T-Mobile Arena. Makar was one of those players, and he said that he would talk to Makar after to see how he felt, whether he’d be able to go or not. So, while it might only seem like a Jim Carrey “so you’re saying there’s a chance” prospect of him playing, maybe he will.

Knowing the Avs as we all do, though, you have to think they’ll want the three days off from game action before putting Makar back out there. This is a big game, but it’s not a must-win game.

Bednar did say that Gabe Landeskog, Tyson Jost and Kiefer Sherwood would all come off the Covid list on Wednesday, and it seems a good possibility that all three will be ready to go for Saturday’s outdoor game at Lake Tahoe. Sam Girard apparently can’t come off the Covid list until Sunday, though, so he’s out til then.

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Charlie Anderson

AD any chance you can push Beds for more info on WhyTF we are seeing Dries instead of Bowers (or Kaut)? What is going on?

Karl Keen

I’m not sure, but may have to do with the taxi squad and that the roster has to be within the salary cap. I thought I read on the Athletic that Kaut had been hurt

Joshua Canfield

Hmm. Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. Mainly about Kaut. I guess the last time we saw him on the taxi squad was when the Avs were not salary cap complaint and had to dress one less skater. That’s too bad because Kaut deserves a chance. Plus he’s a way better skater than Dries and Magna (I like them both but still..).

I’d like to see Bowers get his shot but it seems like it might be another season before we see him play at a regular basis.

Ricardo

I’m with Charlie. Despite the fact that these guys are above 99.9% of the hockey players in the world, the 4th line does not inspire confidence.

The PG

Kaut, I believe, has an injury.

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