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Ryan Graves back in Avs lineup tonight, Newhook to play soon

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SAN JOSE, CALIF. – The Colorado Avalanche get back in action tonight against the San Jose Sharks, and one player who will return to the Avs lineup is defenseman Ryan Graves.

Ryan Graves missed Saturday’s game, one night after taking an errant elbow to the face from Sharks forward Evander Kane.

So….that’s about as much lineup information as I have for tonight’s game. Jared Bednar’s new policy with the media is to not give lineup info. on days of the game, such as the starting goalie, line combinations, etc. etc. I do believe it’ll be Philipp Grubauer in net tonight, however.

Yesterday, we told you about Alex Newhook being called up to the taxi squad by the Avs. Today, Bednar did reveal that he plans to play Newhook at some point in this five-game road trip. Bednar said Newhook won’t play tonight, because he wants to go over more video with him, talk over team systems, etc.

I asked Bednar what type of role he foresees with Newhook on this current team, and he said he’s still trying to figure that out. He said he doesn’t know whether he’d use him as a center or winger. He did say that he could be part of the special teams, both of them, that he’s used to that from college and from earlier days than that.

Man, right now I can see Newhook being anything from a third-line center to possibly a second-line winger – especially with Brandon Saad still out. Tyson Jost has played pretty well as a 3C this season, so I doubt Newhook would take that spot necessarily. Yet, it wouldn’t shock me either.

Betting with the Barbers!

Bednar said forward Logan O’Connor had surgery last week for his lower-body injury and, while he said he’s out longer-term, he seemed to indicate he might still have a chance of returning by the playoffs. Bednar said Bo Byram has been skating again, but that he does not have a “timetable on a return.”

Bednar said defenseman Jacob MacDonald is progressing nicely from his latest injury and could play soon. So, there’s some decent news there.

The weather here is UN-believable, 80 and sunny. I understand the temperature is about half that today in Denver. I will raise a fruity beverage in all your honor back home, folks, and thank YOU to the many people who have contributed to the Avalanche Travel Tip Jar. You help make these trips possible – with the first priority being covering the Colorado Avalanche of course! The playoffs are coming (hint, hint).

But seriously folks, thank you. My goal here is always: I’m gonna cover the Avs to the best of my ability, and go where I need to go to do that.

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Rich

Sit Kadri a couple of games to allow Newhook to play 2C.

Joshua Canfield

Seriously. Not sure what Kadri’s deal is. Benching Graves earlier in the season seemed to help. It would probably hurt his ego a tad to bench him, but maybe it would help.

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Joshua Canfield

AD, glad you’re enjoying Cali. I was born in Santa Barbara and raised in Colorado (Golden). San Jose isn’t my favorite yet it beats 42°.

Im really excited about Newhook. Over the years, the prospects that I’m look forward to, have been Makar, Byram, Timmins, Bowers, Kaut and Newhook.

Just watching how Newhook has progressed over the last year and seeing how well he played at the AHL level was impressive.

I could see Newhook becoming an Avs regular this year. (OK, I might be a tad too optimistic lol)

Jordan Leonard

80 degrees never beats 42 degrees, unless you are making a list of horrible weather haha

Joshua Canfield

Heh, yeah I guess. I miss the mid to high 70° days on the Central Coast in California. Honestly, 80° is better than the 100° we get here in Colorado. Sh*t, I’ll take 40° over 100°…

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Jordan Leonard

Good to know that Colorado currently has better weather as well as the better team. Also, how do we fit Newhook into the 2nd line? Would love to see it, but Nichushkin has definitely earned 2nd line time and anything less would be a complete waste, but Burakovsky doesn’t deserve to go down either. I would prefer a Newhook Jost and Nuke 2nd line to Newhook Jost and Bura though, and who knows, maybe reuniting Bura with Kadri on that 3rd line along with Donskoi could lift Kadri back up

Joshua Canfield

I could see Newhook playing the 2nd line on the left of Kadri and Soderberg dropping down the lineup. I agree about Nichushkin yet he’s playing well on that 3rd line with Jost.

Newhook has a ton of potential and I really seeing him becoming a mainstay with the Avs.

Sherwood would probably get the scratch if Newhook plays. It’s too bad O’Connor and Calvert are out long term.

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