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Avs could be shorthanded on D; Graves, Girard status unknown

May 1, 2021 - 3:45 PM ET

The Avalanche got an even bigger boost than expected Friday with the return of goalie Philipp Grubauer and forwards Mikko Rantanen and Joonas Donskoi, who had been in NHL COVID-19 protocol. Grubauer made 21 saves, Rantanen had an empty-net goal and two assists, and Donskoi an assist in the Avalan...

Graves to return vs. Sharks; Newhook to make debut on trip

May 3, 2021 - 4:34 PM ET

Defenseman Ryan Graves will return Monday when the Avalanche play in San Jose to open a five-game road trip. Coach Jared Bednar no longer reveals the lineup, but he did say Graves would play after missing one game with an upper-body injury. “Good to have him back, another veteran D-man in t...

Avs, Kadri hopeful slump is over

May 4, 2021 - 6:53 PM ET

Every player, regardless of how talented they are or what sport they play, will go through slumps at one time or another. It’s inevitable. That doesn’t make it any easier and the longer one goes without producing, the pressure mounts along with the mental strain. It was no different for Av...

Newhook will make his NHL debut; MacDonald healthy, returns

May 5, 2021 - 4:16 PM ET

Alex Newhook will make his NHL debut Wednesday when the Avalanche play San Jose at SAP Center in the finale of their four-game set. Newhook, 20, will center a line with Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky. He was the Avalanche’s second first-round pick (No. 16) in the 2019 NHL draft after they sel...