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Devon Toews Out Tonight Against Seattle



Devon Toews

One of the top two defensemen of the Avalanche, Devon Toews, will not be in the lineup tonight for a game against Andre Burakovsky, Philipp Grubauer and the Seattle Kraken at Ball Arena (7 p.m.).

Toews, who missed some time in Wednesday’s game against Winnipeg, has an undisclosed injury, Jared Bednar said.

Toews may not play tomorrow night against Vegas either, Bednar said. But there’s good news: Bednar said it’s not a serious injury. The fact that he may play tomorrow is evidence of that.

It’s expected that Kurtis MacDermid will play in the spot vacated by Toews. Not as a pairing with Cale Makar, but just in the lineup in general.

Jacob MacDonald was the lone regular who stayed late after the morning skate, so it doesn’t appear that he’ll play tonight.

Losing Devon Toews obviously isn’t good. He’s just such a good player. But that’s hockey. Injuries happen, all the time.

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Based on the morning skate, it looks like Bo Byram could be paired with Makar. Newcomer Dryden Hunt will play at fourth line on the left wing. Pavel Francouz will start in goal for the Avalanche.

Here’s Hunt, talking about coming to a new team:

“Super thrilled,” he said. “(Bednar) kind of gave me the rundown, how things work. There’s so much skill here, so happy to be here.”

Hunt’s flight was delayed about three hours, so he didn’t arrive into Denver until about 2:30 a.m. today, so there hasn’t been a lot of time for much.

“Just go out and play,” is what Hunt said Bednar mostly just told him.

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Sorry about Toews. But that’s hockey and let’s hope he recovers quickly. How long are the Avs going to wait to concede that having Newhook center the 2nd line isn’t working? In fact, his game isn’t good at all. Maybe having him play wing will loosen him up. And – get some sorely needed point production.


Looking at the lineups on it appears Newhook and ERod are now the 3rd string with JT and Kaut moving up


You have to remember he still has to form chemistry with these guys he hasn’t played with, while Rodrigues seems better as a center than a winger. Honestly should make JT be a winger and have Rodrigues be one of our 4 centers.


Less than 54 minutes of ice time and you’re done with Newhook at 2C? I was at the Jets game and his game looked better than a lot of the other forwards. He was hustling back and making defensive plays in a game where Nichushkin was the only plus forward. He certainly looked better than any center not named MacKinnon. Megna and JT did nothing to impress me that game.


Who said anything about being done with him? I just stated what has as the line ups – I have nothing but high hopes for the guy – pretty sure he’s a distant cousin

Demetris Gray

Newhook is a bust you heard it first hear! Too small, poor with puck, about as physical as Brandon!


Sucks about Toews, but MacDermid hasn’t been that much of a liability on defense sense the first half of last season, unless he regressed. Would much rather see Frankie up against Vegas than Seattle, but looks like yet another season of completely under utilizing him after that first season in which he basically stole the starter position from Grubauer and finished amongst the top goal tenders in the league. Byram and Makar is a great pairing. Would love to see them switch Nuke and Mikko though. Not a knock on Mikko, just think his skill set has more chemistry with… Read more »

Demetris Gray

Avs need to decide on MacDermid and make his a Dman. I watched some of his LA time recently and he was out there all the time – disrupting!

Demetris Gray

Was it not Dryden Hunt being paged by PeeWee in Porky’s?

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