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Avs Lines and D Pairs for Coyotes tonight; Cale Makar out again



Good news and bad news here for the Avs when it comes to health. The good news has to do with Matt Calvert and the bad news has to do with Cale Makar.

The good news: Calvert, while he won’t play tonight, is only out day-to-day with an upper-body injury and coach Jared Bednar said it is NOT concussion-related. I repeat, not concussion-related. Bednar said he “tweaked” something in warmup last night and couldn’t go. Logan O’Connor will take his spot in the lineup.

The bad news: Cale Makar is a scratch for tonight with an upper-body injury. Bednar said Makar is day-to-day as well. He did say “for now” anyway.

I’m going to try not to worry about Makar too much but…yeah, it’s getting a little worrying, all these nagging little injuries with Cale all the time now. I don’t know where the injury is with him. But, geez, you really hope this kid doesn’t get the “injury-prone” tag. If this is a nagging injury, it’s probably best to really rest him a while and make sure this thing is done with. But let’s just see how things play out.

Dan Renouf will take Makar’s spot in the lineup. Dan Renouf is 6-foot-3, 198 pounds and has played one NHL game previously in his career, with the Detroit Red Wings all the way back in 2016-17. He signed as a free agent with the Avs in 2019. He’s a left-handed shot.

So, let’s see how this works. Avs will have two D-men in the lineup – Renouf and Jacob MacDonald – who weren’t on the opening-night roster. Philipp Grubauer will be in goal. I’m still waiting to hear who will be in net for the Coyotes.

So, these should be the lines and D pairs, though Bednar did not say who Renouf would be paired with:



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Grubauer in goal.

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Jared Moss

Honestly you can tell makar hasn’t been the same for some time… sucks
As for renouf or whoever lol hopefully he can kill it tonight


Lately for me I’m surprised when Makar does play

Kurt Scherer

Wow that is a thin blue line tonight. What was once perceived as a position of depth . . .


Renouf is in, it’s going to be nasty tonight. AVS don’t want anyone to take liberty because of the last game.


At the game – 2/3rds of the crowd are Avs fans it’s nice to see… Minus Makar – Girard by far has been the best D for the Avs.

[…] Cale Makar will miss at least the next two games with his upper-body injury, Avs coach Jared Bednar told Colorado Hockey Now after the Avs’ impressive 6-2 win at Arizona tonight. […]

[…] The Colorado Avalanche will go with the same lines and D pairs tonight against the San Jose Sharks as it had in its win Saturday night in Arizona. […]

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