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AVALANCHE WRAP: A look back at last night, a look ahead to tonight

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First off, no, no new update on Devon Toews. He blocked a shot late in regulation of last night’s overtime win over Winnipeg and didn’t play from there. Jared Bednar said he thought Toews was “OK”, but hadn’t talked to the trainers.

The Avs did not have a morning skate in Edmonton today, so there just hasn’t been any availability with anyone to ask about Toews. Let’s hope for the best. I’ve watched the replay a few times of Toews blocking the shot by Mark Scheifele, and I can’t tell whether the puck his Toews’ legs or maybe got a hand or something else around the midsection. Toews got back up on his skates and tried to play on, but a goal was scored right after and he doubled over in pain again and left the game.

About last night: I really liked the PK. The additions of Sturm, Cogliano, Lehkonen and Josh Manson have made the PK much better.

Yeah, the Jets scored on a PPG to tie it late, thanks to a dumb cross check by Mikko Rantanen and a failed clearout by Nico Sturm. But otherwise, the new PK unit did a nice job. They’ll be tested again tonight when they play Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

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Darcy Kuemper is expected to get the start in net for Colorado. Sam Girard also is expected to make his return tonight. Maybe he gives Toews a night off either way? As I’ve said all along, injuries are the biggest threat to the Avs’ playoff chances right now. But it’s tough to just call guys up from the minors and rest guys, because of salary cap hassles. That’s why it might have made sense to put Gabe Landeskog on LTIR, for better cap flexibility, but the Avs didn’t do it.

On the injury front: Nazem Kadri and Ryan Murray both skated in Denver this morning. I still haven’t heard that Landeskog is skating yet.

See you tonight.

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Donald Victory

What a near choke job. MacTurnover sucked on the powerplay. He had easy zone saves several times and he blew it. And his defense is a joke. And not being able to close the game with an EN was indicative of his real talent. Overrated, pouter. Makes me MacPuke!

hockeyhacker5

And yet MacKinnon scored the Avs only goal in regulation and the only goal in the shootout. How many points did McDavid and Draisaitl get? Oh, zero. I hope you get a girlfriend soon.

Catatafish

So why didn’t they put Landeskog on LTIR if that would free up cap space?
Makes no sense since they knew he’d be out for at least the minimum time required for LTIR.

slowpokeczech

Good question. Dater, the people want to know…

Aaron Rud

Great. Now Bednar will sit Jack in the playoffs so that Girard can get whipped like a child.

Last edited 7 months ago by Aaron Rud
slowpokeczech

Bednar has the luxury of having different tools in the defensive tool box–puck movers and bigger bodies. The Johnsons have been excellent in their lane as older-school d-men: not as fast or flashy and with isolated hiccups, but great IQ, decent hands, and they still remember how to use the body. Both very solid on the year. I think they’ve won the confidence of this coach. Toews trends towards the Johnsons’ style of play, but thinks and plays fast enough to partner well with Makar (or anyone else). Byram is like Makar-lite (his second game back reminded us his realistic… Read more »

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