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Avalanche Lineup Looks To Be Same For Game 5; Berube comments on Kadri

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Game 5 tonight should see the same Avalanche lineup as Game 4, with Alex Newhook still in. He was one of the two players made available to the media this morning – along with Jack Johnson – which is a strong sign they’ll be in the lineup in the Avs’ attempt to close out Round 2 against the St. Louis Blues.

Asked about his thoughts on being scratched for the first six games of the playoffs, Newhook said: “You just do what you can to stay ready. At a moment’s notice, you could be in. Obviously, it’s not fun being in, but we’ve got a deep team. We’ve talked a lot about no egos, and I think guys have bought into that.”

I thought Newhook played pretty well in Game 4, chipping in with an assist on the Erik Johnson goal that got the Avs on the board in the second period.

“Adrenaline kicks in, in a big game like that,” Newhook said. “There’s no real time to be rusty.”

I also thought Jack Johnson played very well in Game 4. He skated well, moved the puck well.

So, the Avs have three chances to win once and close out a second round for the first time since 2002. The odds are good. But as the guy who has covered this team from Day 1, I’m here to just give a friendly reminder: don’t count those chickens. They haven’t hatched yet. I was there when the Avs blew 3-1 leads to Edmonton (1998), Los Angeles (2001 and 2002 – yes, the Avs did win the Game 7s in both series, but still…), Minnesota (2003, and, not to mention, a 3-2 lead on the Wild in 2014), not to mention a 3-2 lead on Dallas in 1999.

I think the Avs will win the series, mind you. But – it’s not over til it’s over.

Jared Bednar was asked whether he thinks the Avs will have to “weather a storm” by the desperate Blues to start the game.

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“We’re going to try and create a storm of our own,” Bednar said.

Blues coach Craig Berube, unlike before Game 4, did have a comment this time about the Nazem Kadri situation:

“I’m not on social media. I was aware of a threat made to Nazem, not the racist stuff. In no way is it acceptable by the St. Louis Blues or anybody else for him to have to go through that. Being a Native American myself, I’ve heard it all, I’ve been around it. It’s not a good thing. So I just wanted to get that out there that there’s no room for it anywhere.”

Blues will go with 12 forwards and six D tonight. Calle Rosen, Scott Perunovich out, Nathan Walker, Marco Scandella in.

Remember, it’s a 6 p.m. start. If you can’t go to the game, it’s on national TV and Blake Street Tavern is having a watch party. Get the prime rib sandwich au jus if you go.

See you tonight.

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Donald Victory

“Obviously, it’s not fun being in…”

Huh, really Newhook you would rather ride the pine? Where it is more fun?

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Donald Victory

“We’ve talked a lot about no egos, and I think guys have bought into that.”

LOL, MacTO has? Have not seen it on the ice…zilch

Donald Victory

Blake Street Tavern will you be there AD? I might drop by if so, love Fench things like au jus!

Demetris Gray

Me too Adrian.

GWood

berube acts like he didnt hear about any of that stuff, ya okay, right. what a sore loser, you have to do better as a head coach. weak.

Aaron Rud

I agree, but at this point it needs to die, and hockey just needs to be played. Best answer is a series win.

Glendon Gulliver

I agree with Aaron that this needs to die, for now. Play hockey and concentrate on winning the cup. After that we can remember Berube’s “reputation”!

GWood

I hear ya and I will forget about it soon, but you can’t be throwing elbows after goals, that’s crossing a line you don’t cross. If that happens to ANYONE else, the league takes action. (and don’t tell me the 5K is taking action) So not only does the guy have to deal with ignorant loser racists, he has to deal with some sort of unexcplicable ‘bias’ from the league itself. Can anyone explain why he gets kicked out of the dot so much for not doing anything more egrious than anyone else? Its so frustrating. The STL owner has… Read more »

Icecop024

The blues are one of the most storied and beloved organizations in the league. Some idiots made some social media posts. Those idiots exist in just about city. Lets not stereotype an entire market over a few morons. I doubt, as a first nations cree nation member Berube supports racism.
Your guy McKinnon had the best goal I think Ive ever seen….
More like that should see you guys through.

John Klingenstein

I think it ends tonight….Mackinnon and Makar each get one and the Avs prove to those that can’t see the obvious that they are just the much better team.

dp10

Berube didn’t do himself any favors with his “no comment” comment, especially after his earlier comment about Kadri’s reputation in the Game 3 post game press conference. But, after hearing what Bednar expressed later (somewhat in defense of Berube), I pondered this a bit more and came to think that we shouldn’t demonize Berube for not displaying more moral fiber. There is too much virtue signaling in the world already and if the guy doesn’t want to stand up against racism, well that’s his right. It doesn’t mean he condoned or (worse) approved of the racism against Kadri nor does… Read more »

Matt Briggle

The Avs can not go into this game with the attitude that “we have three chances to close this out, and I don’t think they will. They need to treat this game like it’s game 7 right now or else it will be before they know it. Go Avs!!

Glendon Gulliver

Ultimately it will be up to Kadri to decide what to believe and remember about Berube and the Blues. I think we can all be a bit childish in how we continue to react, when the players may no longer care. I am against racism and violence, in all forms, on or off the rink. I am an Avs fan and a Kadri fan. I am wishing them well and will continue to be a fan!

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