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Cale Makar to miss Wednesday game for Colorado Avalanche



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Definitely feels more like I need a medical degree to cover this team now instead of a journalism degree. Injuries and the Colorado Avalanche go together like ham and cheese. Today, we got the bad news that Cale Makar is the latest to join the injured list.

Makar (upper body) will not play against the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow night at Ball Arena. Coach Jared Bednar said Makar’s injury is unrelated to the “procedure” he had before the start of the season and kept him out during the preseason. Bednar gave a somewhat worrisome prognosis too:

“I’m hoping it’s day-to-day,” Bednar said. “He took a hit in the game the other day or gave a hit and tweaked something. He’s out for now.”

Cale Makar had been playing his best hockey of the season too. Presumably, we’ll see Sam Girard back to running the first power-play unit. That unit will not have Mikko Rantanen on it either, though. Rantanen skated briefly this morning in a red sweater, but departed before the regular practice started. This will be the third game he’ll miss with his lower-body injury, after it was said to be no big deal at first.

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Andre Burakovsky? Doubtful. Didn’t skate today. Devon Toews? Not ready yet. Won’t play, but might Saturday in Columbus. Valeri Nichushkin? Getting better, but still a bit away from returning. Pavel Francouz? Week to week, Bednar said.

Bednar said Jonas Johansson will start in goal for the Avs against the Blue Jackets.

I believe the Avs might recall a player from the Eagles by tomorrow. The Eagles play tonight in Loveland, so it might come down to who shows the best tonight as to who gets the call. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Alex Newhook, though. Newhook has two goals and four points in six games for the Eagles. Kiefer Sherwood has a team-leading 10 points in seven games, while Mikhail Maltsev has seven points in five games.

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Same bs every year. Soft team… sad but fact

Ryan Krueger

Not everyone can be a physical beast…Girard pound per pound is one of the more durable Avs…the injuries do seem relentless…hope they are healthy come May


This is getting ridiculous with this club. People around hockey don’t like to hear the word ‘soft’ used, but with this team lately either that word applies or this is the most conservative medical staff on the planet. In many cases you watch a game – that a player completes seemingly without issue – and the next day they appear on an injured list. This happens more often than it used to and is becoming more and more frustrating to watch as a fan. Every dang hit given or received has you wondering if the player involved will play the… Read more »


Meanwhile in NJ, Ryan Graves has played all 7 games, and is a team leading +5 with 3 points. So glad the Avs protected the mighty mites over this guy.

Joshua Canfield

Ohh come on!! You’re yanking our chain, right? With out luck, after Wednesday’s game, two or three more players will be added to injury list. Damn.

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