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Avs off-day notebook: Byram won’t play Wednesday

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Avs held an actual practice today in San Jose, where the team lost 6-2 on Monday night. Some notes:

  • Bo Byram (upper body) did not skate and won’t play Wednesday against the Sharks. Coach Jared Bednar lists him as “day-to-day.”
  • Matt Calvert (upper body) is with the team, but will miss another game Wednesday as well.
  • Cale Makar remains back in Denver, getting treatment for his upper-body injury. Bednar said he should have a better idea on Makar’s prognosis once the team gets back to Denver by tomorrow.

Bednar said he liked the fact that his team could actually have a practice on an off-day, and that he feels good about his team going into tomorrow, even with the new crop of injuries.

He was asked about the play of Philipp Grubauer of late, and whether his showing last night could be attributed to “fatigue?”

“I don’t think so. I mean, he got his rest in the Arizona game going into last night,” Bednar said.

Bonus Voucher!

Bednar said Grubauer was “hung out to dry” on too many defensive mistakes last night. I expect an Avs team that will play a bit more conservative tomorrow, one that will check very hard and make simpler plays. It’s the kind of formula that has gotten them out of trouble this year, so why change now. As we said some last night, bad things always seem to happen to this team when they get a little too full of themselves and start getting fancy.

The search for a killer instinct continues.

“When you’ve got a team down, you’ve got to finish them off. It’s a good lesson for us,” forward Logan O’Connor said after practice.

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Jared Moss

Did bednar really just say grubi got his rest cause he didnt play one game….. holy moly I feel like this team is headed in the wrong direction… hey dater how many more pooched games till we can behead bednar…. I’ve lost faith

dp10

I am not a believer at all in hastily swapping out a coach, like the Canadians recently did or like the NHL is generally known for. And apart from the fact that Sakic is known for anything but knee-jerk reactions, you’d have to wonder who you replace Bednar with. There are some good coaches available, but do they stylistically fit with this team? Would they add anything to the team and would they make the team better in the long run? There are a number of examples of coaching changes midseason followed by deep playoff runs, but there are probably… Read more »

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Jared Moss

We will be wiser after playing weaker teams? Okay…. not sure what you mean, wiser to fire bednar or wiser to make us feel good than play better teams and realize were going no where…. I am hating right now I understand but this team is beyond frustrating, and
If they dont change.. there has to be a change.. I’m like most of you I hope we can smooth this out but all im saying is if we pooch a bunch more games somethings gotta give eventually

dp10

5 of our 8 losses have come against teams that are by almost all measures weaker than us. In fact, except for our perfect record against the Coyotes, we do pretty much as well against weak teams as we do against stronger teams. So yeah the next 12 games will show if the Avs can change that trend.

Mitch Woloshyn

Holy Cow you guys,

Jared Bednar has a very calming demeanor that is good for the young guys on the team. He always says the right things in interviews and he doesn’t berate or demean his players. We’ve had injury troubles this year and for the past several seasons. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. I think Bednar is just the man for the job.

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