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Game 5 preview: Logan O’Connor expected to return to Avs lineup



Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights

Hello from high above rinkside here at Ball Arena, where the Avs will try to shake off the embalming fluid on them and take some control back in this second-round NHL playoff series with Vegas. There were some intriguing developments here at the skate, and the gist of what seems to be going on for the lineup tonight is: Alex Newhook and Logan O’Connor in, and Carl Soderberg and Kiefer Sherwood out.

Yes, it appears as of LOC will return to the lineup in Game 5, after missing some significant time with a lower-body injury. While Jared Bednar would not say for sure Logan O’Connor is playing, he said he’s ready to play and available – “an option for us” – and LOC left the ice along with the other regulars here.

Guys such as Carl, Bo Byram, Jacob MacDonald and Sampo Ranta all stayed on late – suggesting they’ll be healthy scratches.

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J.T. Compher did not take part in the morning skate, but Bednar said he his healthy and available. Not sure why J.T. didn’t skate.

NOTEBOOK: After appealing twice, once to Gary Bettman and once with neutral discipline arbitrator Shyam Das, Nazem Kadri received no reduction in his eight-game suspension. Das upheld the original suspension today. The earliest Kadri can play is either a Game 7 against Vegas – or a Game 1 against Montreal. … Tyson Jost on Zoom: “Guys are excited. We know what’s at take tonight. We knew it was going to be a battle, but we’re excited for the challenge.” … Conor Timmins on Zoom: “As defensemen, we need to join the rush more.” … Erik Johnson took part in the skate, in a regular jersey. But he won’t play tonight, Bednar said. … Avs are -140 favorites to win outright tonight at SuperBook Colorado.

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Luke Waggoner

AD, what do you think are the chances of EJ getting in if it goes 7 games? Or even if the Avs win tonight and they try to close out the series in Vegas? I feel like his size and toughness might be a great asset against Vegas, and also his ability to carry the puck like a freight train. A top 6 of Makar-Toews, G-Byram, EJ-Graves sounds pretty solid to me.


My concern with getting him in is if he’s actually taking any contact in preparation for a real game – I can’t imagine they’re going at each other during practices like they would early in the regular season as to avoid injuring each other during the playoffs. Would love to see him for sure though.


AD Thanks for the updates and analysis. Have followed along. Open question I think is the proper response to the shift in the series. I’m a big believer in puck possession, grit, and physicality, and all the more so the deeper into the post-season a team progresses. That said, I don’t think this Avs team is equipped to play Vegas’ style, so believe it a fool’s errand to try to “match” them – seems to me more sensible to go to the opposite and try to create max pressure in the offensive end and try to put Vegas back on… Read more »


This is too early to say, but with Kadri’s suspension, as egregiously long as it maybe, and his mixed play this season, I am not sure I see him getting renewed beyond his current contract.


Pretty sure that was clear as soon as Newhook signed his contract and not much to do with Kadri’s play either way because they likely can’t afford to resign him. He still has another year on his contract though, perhaps he’s left unprotected and available to Seattle.


Nemeth over Byram is going to be Bednars undoing. Not necessarily because Byram is significantly better but because Nemeth is a hot mess. You’re scared Byram may be not be all that great? Did he watch Nemo last game?


Yeah, Nemeth is a joke and while I’ve liked most of Sakic’s moves, Soderberg and Nemeth weren’t two of em. I’d play Byram, for sure. Yes, some rust and nerves but I’ll take that over Nemeth’s slow skating and lack of anticipation. Add in his bonehead turnovers and geez, “Colorado, we have a problem.” In fact, I’d just as soon see Dan Renouf in on “D” or someone else even.

chippy play

Avs are -140 favorites? That’s an incredibly dumb line. Vegas has this Avs team figured out, and while it certainly possible that Bednar may figure out the solution, it shouldn’t be favored.

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