Two pretty good defensemen will return to the Avs lineup tonight for their game with the streaking Minnesota Wild: Cale Makar and Bo Byram.
Avs coach Jared Bednar made it official just now, saying both have been cleared by the medical staff to play again. J.T. Compher has also been medically cleared, but he’ll be a healthy scratch tonight. The forward lines have just been too good of late to disrupt anything there.
Makar was running the first power play at the skate this morning. Sam Girard had been doing it in his stead. Girard, by the way, did not take part in the skate, taking treatment instead. But Bednar said he will play tonight.
Here is the lineup for the Avs against the hot Wild:
Grubauer in net.
NOTEBOOK: Avs have held opponents to 30 shots or less in 17 straight games. … Dan Renouf cleared waivers. … Avs are -150 favorites to win outright against the Wild at SuperBook Colorado, and SuperBook has greatly boosted the payout odds on the prop bet if Nathan MacKinnon will score a goal or not. Check out the numbers here.