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Avs-Blackhawks pregame report: Jayson Megna recalled, Jonathan Toews returns



Opening night is here. Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Ball Arena, 8 p.m. on TNT channel. The long off-season is finally over, and the Avs hope to go into the 2021-22 season on a winning way.

Some personnel stuff: Jayson Megna was recalled by the Avs this morning from the Colorado Eagles. It remains to be seen whether he is in the lineup tonight or not, as Kurtis MacDermid was a fourth-line forward at yesterday’s practice.

Either Megna or MacDermid figures to be the healthy scratch among the forwards. With Nathan MacKinnon (Covid protocol) the Avs decided on the Megna callup.

Darcy Kuemper still start in goal, and the Avs’ defense is expected to be:


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The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to start Avs nemesis, Marc-Andre Fleury. The Blackhawks also will welcome captain Jonathan Toews back to the lineup. He missed all of last season with an immune disorder.

Chicago also will see the debut of defenseman Seth Jones, who signed a big contract with the team after being acquired from Columbus. His brother, Caleb, also plays on the team.

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Realize 1 of 82…and literally 1 of 82…and no MacK…Chicago started last season fairly well and has improved their roster…will be interesting to see this opening night contest…

Joel Stefaniak

We know tonight’s game is national but does anyone here know if espn+ will function like nhl network did for streaming yet? Hard to get excited if I can’t watch.

Chris Krauss

“Someone I know” tried during preseason and ESPN+ will stream NHL games in your web browser in conjunction with running a VPN. Seems promising, we’ll find out for sure soon!

Jared Moss

Megna over maltsev really? Wierd I guess we’ll see it he plays. Anybody else watch gruby look fairly poor yesterday… I mean the guy couldn’t slide from side to side without stumbling over.. thanks for being greedy this may be an avs W on that front

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