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.
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.