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Game 2: Lines and D pairs for Colorado Avalanche against Vegas

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Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights

Hello from Ball Arena, where the Colorado Avalanche are finishing up their morning skate in preparation for tonight’s Game 2 against the Vegas Golden Knights. Here are the expected lines and D pairs:

Landeskog-MacKinnon-Rantanen

Burakovsky-Compher-Donskoi

Saad-Jost-Nichushkin

Ranta-Bellemare-Newhook

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Toews-Makar

Graves-Girard

Nemeth-Timmins

Grubauer

NOTEBOOK: This will sound weird, but I think the Avs are almost sick of practicing now. They’ve only played one game in the last 10 days. Starting tonight, though, they’ll be back on an every-other-day schedule. … Remember, the game is at 8 p.m. Get those pregame naps in. … As I type, Carl Soderberg is doing post-skate drills with skills coach Shawn Allard. You gotta feel a bit for Carl. He comes over to the Avs at the deadline, probably thinking he’s going to play in the postseason quite a bit, and now he’s a healthy scratch with two rookies (Newhook and Ranta) supplanting him. That’s hockey. … Nathan MacKinnon got passed over for the Ted Lindsay Award. … Mattias Janmark, injured in the Game 1 hit from Ryan Graves, was not on the ice for the Golden Knights at the morning skate.

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chippy play

Obviously Bednar gets an A for the season, but I’m not thrilled with this decision to put two ultra-new rookies on the 4th line. I’d go with Soda in one of those spots. Let him muck things up and weather the big hits/punches.

But I guess there aren’t many coaches that would change anything after a 7-1 victory. I do think we’ll see a switch there after this game, win or lose, because the Avs will be in Vegas next.

Jared Moss

Have you seen soda play, I rather a energetic rookie than a sluggish big player who isn’t even physical. Like I said tho I have no clue why joe gave up two prospects for him

petexvx

I have nothing against Carl but he just doesn’t fit this team’s style of play. Plenty of tread on those tires but somewhere else is where he would be better suited.

Karl Keen

I haven’t commented since Game 1 occurred. To echo I believe what Dater has already written, Vegas showed that they like delivering big hits (whether safe or dirty), but they absolutely do not know how to receive them. Graves’ legal hit helped distract them from playing a skilled game. That hit, much like Landeskog’s fight in Game 1, helped set a tone that the Avs will not be pushed around. I like it! With that said, I was scared for our players in the third and rightfully so given what occurred. A complete shame, but not a surprise that Reaves… Read more »

Lorene Schmitz

I had that same thought about dropping the gloves and handling it; however, I thought one of the Vegas players should have done that sooner than later with Graves and gotten it over with. Instead they seemed to just check/hit him and other Avs trying to instigate. Then Reaves does the dirty. So for me, I didn’t understand why Vegas waited …

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