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FANTASY PLAYS: The ripple effects of Aaron Rodgers' injury
The prime topic of conversation around fantasy football this week is clear: How does the broken collarbone injury for Aaron Rodgers affect the Packers and fantasy football for the rest of this season? Rodgers' injury not only affects those who have him on their fantasy team, but also those who have Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Ty Montgomery on their rosters. The Packers have one of the best offenses in football but will now be relegated to hoping that a little-known backup, Brett Hundley, can hold down the fort. [...]
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[MLS: Colorado Rapids] – Steve Cooke Thanks Fans for Their Loyalty | October 16, 2017
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Gary Harris Joins Altitude 950 After Signing an Extension
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Nuggets 2017-18 Player Preview: Malik Beasley
Last Season: Malik Beasley spent the majority of his rookie season in the-then NBA Development League (now the G-League) [...]
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Next-Day Notebook: Demaryius Thomas fights through pain for biggest game of season
Also, Shane Ray gets ready for his return to practice -- which will see him a bit lighter than before as a result of his wrist injury. [...]
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Yankees again try to overcome 2-0 deficit, this time against the Astros
NEW YORK — Trailing again 2-0 in the postseason, these young New York Yankees remain even keeled going into Game 3 of the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros. “I don’t know if it’s maturity or just being dumb,” Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said Sunday. At 36 the old man of the pitching staff, Sabathia will pitch Monday surrounded by a starting lineup that includes Baby Bombers Aaron Judge (25), Gary Sanchez (24) and Greg Bird (24). Houston, two wins from its first World Series appearance since 2005, starts 33-year-old right-hander Charlie Morton, who grew up in Connecticut rooting for the Yankees. He remembered getting Joe Girardi’s autograph at spring training and his family spotting Derek Jeter at a Bahama Breeze restaurant, an especially exhilarating experience for his sister, Jennie. “She walked up to him and said, ‘Hey, can I have a picture with you?’ And he said, ‘Only if you smile,'” Morton recalled. After a pair of 2-1 games in Houston, the series shifted to the Bronx and the Astros worked out at Yankee Stadium, where New York went 51-30 during the regular season. Houston won the 2015 AL wild-card game in the Bronx by a 3-0 score. “It will be the biggest game of my career,” said Morton, who didn’t get a decision against Boston in Game 4 of the Division Series. While Judge, Sanchez and Didi Gregorius combined to go 2 for 22 in the first two games of the series, Astros stars Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa went 8 for 15. Reaching the best-of-seven LCS is new for most players on both teams, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch thinks his players are motivated by doing well for each other. “Maybe we don’t sense sort of the magnitude of these moments because this is us, who we are, how we are,” he said. New York seeks inspiration from its comeback last week from a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five Division Series against Cleveland, which led the AL with 102 wins — one more than Houston. Girardi said New York’s streaky nature during the season also bred confidence. The Yankees started 38-23, opening a four-game AL East lead, lost 19 of their next 26, then rebounded to finish 91-71 and earn the top wild card. “Guys started to understand that you have to be resilient in this game,” the manager said. “You’re going to have really tough losses and you have to learn to bounce back.” He also thought back to his playing days on the 1996 Yankees, outscored 16-1 by Atlanta in the opening two games of the World Series. New York swept the next four to win the first of its five titles with Jeter and reliever Marino Rivera. Related ArticlesOctober 16, 2017 Dodgers’ dominant bullpen is baffling foes in NL playoffs October 15, 2017 Justin Turner’s walk-off homer in 9th gives Dodgers win over Cubs in NLCS October 14, 2017 Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor power Dodgers past Cubs in NLCS Game 1 October 14, 2017 Justin Verlander, Astros beat Yankees in Game 2 ALCS October 13, 2017 Dallas Keuchel strikes out 10, Astros beat Yanks in ALCS opener “There were a lot of young players that played important roles, mostly Mariano and Derek,” Girardi said. “The message then was go win one, one game, and see where we’re at. And that’s the same message.” Sabathia was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 10 starts following Yankees’ losses during the regular season and didn’t get decisions against the Indians in New York’s Game 2 loss or Game 5 win. Given a relief corps that includes Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, David Robertson, Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle, Sabathia doesn’t worry about pitching deep. “I’ll go out and do my thing and let the bullpen clean up my mess,” Sabathia said. Morton follows Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander, whose stellar starts were the primary factor in the Yankees’ 27 strikeouts over the two games. Morton recalled going to the old Stadium across 161st Street and also looking on at a Roger Clemens bullpen session during spring training. “When I was little, I remember really wanting a Don Mattingly rookie card, and I never got it,” he said. Morton missed most of 2016 with a hamstring injury, left Philadelphia last offseason to sign with Houston as a free agent and went 14-7. He limited left-handed batters to a .172 average, down from .258 in 2016, and attributed his improvement to a talk in a Citi Field video room last year with Phillies pitching coaches Bob McClure and Rick Kranitz, who advised he throw more curveballs to lefties and fewer sinkers. Morton’s percentage of flyballs among balls in play rose from 21.5 percent two years ago to 29 percent this year. And just like the old ballpark, new Yankee Stadium has a short porch in right, transfor [...]
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Dodgers’ dominant bullpen is baffling foes in NL playoffs
LOS ANGELES — A year ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was attempting to get through the late innings of tight playoff games with long appearances by closer Kenley Jansen, a hodgepodge of veteran relievers and one desperate bailout from ace Clayton Kershaw. One October later, Los Angeles’ bullpen is downright dominant as the team steamrolls toward the World Series. After excelling in the unbeaten Dodgers’ three-game NL Division Series sweep of Arizona, those relievers have retired 24 of 25 batters without allowing a hit or a run in the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs. The bullpen hasn’t allowed a hit in its last 8 2/3 innings of work overall, giving the Dodgers extraordinary faith in their relievers heading into Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Tuesday night. “They’re just executing pitches, and they’re ready when called upon, and they’re competing,” Roberts said after his bullpen threw four hitless innings in Los Angeles’ 4-1 victory in Game 2 Sunday night. “It’s a close-knit group down there. … Those guys know exactly what they want to do, and they’re going out there and executing.” The Dodgers’ domination has come from everywhere in the bullpen — not just Jansen, who remains among the top closers in baseball. Jansen has three saves, a victory and 10 strikeouts in six innings, appearing in all five games and allowing just one unearned run. Jansen is still getting multiple-inning saves for Roberts. This year, it’s out of desire rather than utter necessity. “We’ve got a really good bullpen in the postseason,” Jansen said. “I’m not just trying to be a hero, but whatever the team needs me to do, and whatever Doc (Roberts) wants me to do, I’m going to be ready to put myself in that position to win ballgames.” The Dodgers won 104 games in the regular season with a deep lineup and a talent-packed rotation, but their bullpen has been outstanding all year long, easily leading the NL with a 3.38 ERA. In October, the relievers have been even better — particularly against the Cubs, who are still waiting for their first hit against the group. After starter Rich Hill was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning of Game 2, first-year Dodgers right-hander Brandon Morrow faced six Cubs and retired them all, needing only 18 pitches. The Cubs got their only baserunner of the series against the bullpen when Jansen hit Anthony Rizzo on the hand in the ninth inning of Game 2. The closer calmly got two more outs to set the stage for Justin Turner’s walk-off homer. “I’ve never had a bad feeling with our bullpen before, but I think at the same time we’re realizing that it’s one of our strengths of our team,” Kershaw said after the bullpen backed him with four perfect innings in the Dodgers’ Game 1 victory over Chicago on Saturday. “You still want to go as deep as you can in the game, but I guess handing the ball off to those guys makes it a little easier.” Last year, the Dodgers didn’t have the same array of bullpen talent. They relied heavily on Jansen, Kershaw and Roberts’ creativity, with some nights working out better than others. Roberts was praised for his innovative use of his pitching staff last season, but he has said he doesn’t want to use Kershaw as a reliever this October, preferring to keep his recently injured ace on a regular schedule. So far, he hasn’t even been tempted. Last season’s bullpen got problematic postseason appearances from Grant Dayton, who is out for the season with an elbow injury, and Joe Blanton, now with Washington. Pedro Baez, the hardworking right-hander who has been a target of Dodgers fans’ ire for years, was left off the NLCS roster. Ross Stripling also had trouble last October, but he is still in the Dodgers’ bullpen, although he has yet to pitch in this postseason. Josh Fields is back and better than last season, while the imposing Morrow has appeared in all five games this month, yielding only one run to Arizona. Related Articles Yankees again try to overcome 2-0 deficit, this time against the Astros Justin Turner’s walk-off homer in 9th gives Dodgers win over Cubs in NLCS Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor power Dodgers past Cubs in NLCS Game 1 Justin Verlander, Astros beat Yankees in Game 2 ALCS Dallas Keuchel strikes out 10, Astros beat Yanks in ALCS opener The Dodgers added two key relievers in midseason trades, picking up eighth-inning setup man Tony Watson and left-hander Tony Cingrani. Both settled in quickly with the Dodgers, and they’ve combined to yield only two runs in seven postseason appearances. And this month, the bullpen got Kenta Maeda, the Japanese right-hander who went 13-6 wi [...]
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Weekly Colorado Preps Primer: Games to watch for Oct. 17-21
The following is a look at the marquee games this week in softball, volleyball and boys soccer in Classes 5A and 4A. (All rankings and records are current as of Monday.) SOFTBALL CHSAA state tournament, Friday and Saturday, Aurora Sports Park: All of Friday’s first-round games begin at 10 a.m., with 5A to be played on Complex C, 4A on Complex B and 3A on Complex A. Eaglecrest is clearly the frontrunner for the 5A title, as is fellow top seed Valor Christian in 4A, although there are plenty of other teams in each classification capable of knocking out the favorites if they play their best. VOLLEYBALL Mountain Vista (12-2) at Chaparral (11-4), Tuesday 6 p.m.: This Continental League showdown pits two of the state’s most potent offenses against each other as senior middle hitter Amanda Keller, junior outside hitter Raegan Phillips and No. 3 Mountain Vista head to Parker to take on senior outside hitter Grace Haberland, sophomore middle hitter Julianna Dalton and the No. 10 Wolverines. Fruita Monument (15-1) at Durango (11-4), Friday 5:30 p.m.: Coach Bob Richardson’s lone loss this season came all the way back on Sept. 1 against Rock Canyon, so senior outside hitter Riley Snyder and the Wildcats are on a roll entering their Southwestern League showdown against a Durango team led by senior setter Brianna Brown and senior outside hitter Ally Snow. Related Articles Listen: Fruita Monument vs. Standley Lake football on the Post Preps Radio Game of the Week Prep Power Rankings: Week of Friday, Oct. 20 Amid swelled interest and participation, non-sanctioned Colorado high school sports carve out their own culture and success Prep football rundown: How 5A, 4A ranked teams fared in Week 7 action No. 6 Highlands Ranch football outslugs No. 9 Fountain-Fort Carson in Mount Lincoln action BOYS SOCCER Lakewood (9-3-1) at Hinkley (11-1-1), Thursday 4 p.m., APS Stadim: Lakewood outscored its two Jeffco opponents last week, Bear Creek and Pomona, by a combined 9-0 as senior striker Phillip Pedler and the Tigers face an arduous non-conference test in coach Marcos Madera and the No. 8 Thunderbirds in a match to close each team’s regular season. Kennedy (11-1-1) at Denver North (11-2), Thursday 4 p.m., All-City Stadium: In the Denver Prep League finale, junior striker Aymaro Vargas and the No. 4 Commanders seek to secure the conference championship against a potent Vikings side headlined by senior midfielder Sergio Lopez and junior keeper Bryan Torres as each team looks for a momentum boost heading into the 4A state playoffs. Colorado Prep Stats [...]
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Denver Nuggets briefs: Starting point guard will be Jamal Murray or Emmanuel Mudiay
Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone continues to play it coy on officially naming a starting and backup point guard. Following Sunday’s practice, Malone stoically said he was ready to make an announcement, then quipped he would tell his wife “and hopefully she doesn’t get on our Twitter account and let everybody know.” When asked again Monday, Malone said the starter has a last name that starts with “M” and ends in “Y.” Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://www.denverpost.com/wp-content/plugins/polldaddy/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); Related ArticlesOctober 16, 2017 Denver Nuggets prepare to face loaded Western Conference October 16, 2017 Will Barton carried off Denver Nuggets practice floor with apparent foot/ankle injury October 16, 2017 Mizell: Denver Nuggets season comes with plenty of intrigue October 15, 2017 After fighting through injuries as a rookie, Jamal Murray ready for pain-free season with Denver Nuggets October 13, 2017 7 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ open scrimmage at Fort Carson That rules out Jameer Nelson, who was the starter down the stretch last season, held that role in one preseason game and was the first point guard off the bench in the Nuggets’ preseason finale against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jamal Murray started against the Thunder and was the point guard with the first unit for Friday’s scrimmage at Fort Carson. Emmanuel Mudiay is also competing for minutes. UTAH PREP BEGINS The Nuggets are on the tail end of a week-long layoff between their final preseason game and Wednesday’s regular-season opener at Utah. That means coaches and players have started turning attentions to their first game plan. Malone said the Nuggets worked through shooting drills Monday based on how Utah’s stingy defense is expected to play, and focused on their own various defensive concepts. “(It’s still) a lot more about us than them,” Malone said. [...]
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NaVorro Bowman agrees to 1-year deal with Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. — NaVorro Bowman will make a short move after his release from the San Francisco 49ers, agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Oakland Raiders on Monday. A person familiar with the deal said Bowman agreed to the move across the Bay Area after visiting with the Raiders on Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing had not been announced. Bowman was released on his request last Friday after seven-plus seasons with the 49ers. San Francisco had tried to trade him but ended up releasing him instead so Bowman could pick his next team. He is joining a team that needs some help after four straight losses have turned the Raiders (2-4) from a potential Super Bowl contender into a last-place team. Related ArticlesOctober 16, 2017 Aaron Rodgers to have surgery on collarbone, Packers coach Mike McCarthy says October 16, 2017 The NFL doesn’t know what a catch is and now seems confused about fumbles, too October 15, 2017 Trump’s tweet may have bolstered national anthem kneelers’ legal position October 15, 2017 Steelers outlast Chiefs to defeat NFL’s last unbeaten team October 15, 2017 Nick Novak’s late kick leads Chargers past Raiders Bowman brings a veteran presence to Oakland’s young linebacker group that started rookie Marquel Lee and second-year player Corey James for most of the year. Undrafted rookies Nicholas Morrow and Xavier Woodson-Luster got most of the snaps in Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Chargers with Lee out with an ankle injury and James limited to seven snaps by a sore knee. Bowman was once one of the top inside linebackers in the league, earning first team All-Pro honors four times, achieving it from 2011-13 and then again in 2015 after coming back from a devastating knee injury. Bowman then tore his Achilles tendon early last season and missed most of the year before coming back again this year. While he lacks some of the speed he had when he was younger, Bowman still could probably help a team at age 29 and would like to get to a contender. Bowman started the first five games of the season with the 49ers, recording 38 tackles and one pass defensed. He had been upset about being taken out for stretches of games after being an every-down player most of his career. [...]
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Vance Joseph laments “critical errors” that led to Broncos’ stunning upset loss vs. Giants
Vance Joseph kept coming back back to the small mistakes before the big ones that burned the coach’s Broncos in their stunning 23-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night. Before running back Orleans Darkwa sprinted through a thin seam for a 47-yard run that set up New York’s first touchdown Sunday night, the Broncos had Eli Manning in their sights. Shelby Harris had a bead on the Giants’ quarterback on third-and-10 on the first play of the second quarter, but Manning evaded the rush of the Denver defensive end, ran to his left and found uncovered wide receiver Roger Lewis for a 15-yard gain and a first down. Darkwa’s big run, the longest given up by the Broncos this season, came on the next play, and Manning finished the drive a few plays later with a touchdown pass to tight end Evan Engram that put the Giants ahead 10-0. Before kicker Brandon McManus‘ perplexing missed field-goal attempt from 35 yards earlier in the period, with the Broncos facing first-and-10 at the New York 22-yard line, Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian rolled to his right and spotted wide open tight end A.J. Derby. But the pass was too far in front of Derby, preventing the Broncos from picking up a first down inside the 10. And so went the Broncos’ most head-scratching loss in at least two seasons. The house of cards that collapsed inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High on national television began with one bent corner at a time. “It was just critical errors again on both sides of the ball,” Joseph said Monday. As the Broncos on Monday morning reviewed film of a disheartening loss that dropped them to 3-2, they were viewing a tutorial on self-destruction. Three turnovers. A combined 5-of-19 on third- and fourth-down attempts. Just one touchdown in four red-zone trips. Four sacks allowed. Two missed field goals. Critical penalties. Breakdowns in pass coverage. Unfilled gaps in the run game. “We beat ourselves,” Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler said. “We had some penalties. We had some missed timings in the red zone. We had a lot of things that can be corrected. We have to take the good with the bad and move forward.” Related ArticlesOctober 16, 2017 Broncos officially designate Shane Ray as short-term IR October 16, 2017 Broncos set to face a Chargers team that is gaining steam October 16, 2017 Broncos WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah McKenzie out for Week 7 with ankle sprains October 15, 2017 Eli Manning’s mistake-free performance lifts undermanned Giants over Broncos October 15, 2017 Kiszla: The Broncos’ No. 1 problem is No. 13. Trevor Siemian is not the answer at quarterback. The Broncos on Monday said they had turned the page toward what lies ahead. Namely, a chance on the road to beat the 2-4 Los Angeles Chargers and move to 3-0 in the AFC West. It’s a worthy dangling carrot, but Denver won’t be able to grab it without digesting all that went wrong Sunday night. The chaos began with two interceptions by Trevor Siemian, including a pick-six at the end of the second quarter that deflated the stadium as the Giants took a 17-3 lead. But Joseph insisted that blame for Sunday’s debacle needed to be shouldered by the entire team. He said the team practiced well in the week leading up to the game and had its best Wednesday practice of the season. The energy level, he said, was strong. The execution was not. “It falls on the coaches and the players,” Joseph said. “Not just Trevor (Siemian), but everyone. When you have mistaken or negative plays on offense, it usually falls on two or three people, not just the quarterback. But, obviously, he’s the quarterback and at the end of the day, it definitely falls on his shoulders because he’s the quarterback. Mike (McCoy) is the coordinator, and I’m the the head coach. It definitely falls on those individuals first, but it’s everyone. We have to coach better and play better in all three phases.” The most glaring of those three units continues to be Denver’s offense. It has averaged only 14 points in its last three games, rekindling visions of similar sluggish stretches during the Broncos’ 9-7 campaign in 2016. While losing two of their last three games, the Broncos have scored touchdowns on just two of their 11 red-zone trips. “It’s a lot of things,” Fowler said when asked why the Broncos have struggled so mightily to find the end zone. “Overall, as an offense, we have small details to fix so we can score. I can’t just pinpoint one group or anything like that. I think it’s a whole. But they’re correctable things and things we can get done.” [...]
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Broncos officially designate Shane Ray as short-term IR
The Broncos on Monday officially designated outside linebacker Shane Ray as a short-term injured reserve player. Ray suffered a wrist injury early in training camp and was placed on injured reserve with the intent of being recalled in time for the Broncos’ Week 8 game at Kansas City on Oct. 30. Ray has been cleared to practice and will return to the field Wednesday. “For me, I haven’t played any football, so this week of practice and next week of practice is so crucial to me to get out there and get as many reps as I can to get making sure I feel good with contact. I’m just excited, man. … To be able to just play football again, to do what I love with some of my best friends, that’s what I’m most excited for.” Ray said he will play the rest of the season wearing a cast and with two screws in his surgically repaired wrist. “It’s not like I have a club, where I don’t have access to my fingers and thumb,” he said. “I have full movement in my fingers and my cast will be under my knuckles and to the thumb. As far as I’m concerned, if I can grab, I can play football. “I have no pain whatsoever. It’s just getting acclimated to playing football with not as much strength as I had originally. That’ll come. It’s still a long season, and now I’ll be able to start lifting weights more and doing more with the strength staff upper body-wise.” Ray said he’s dropped about 10 about pounds since the injury and believes he’s quicker and more explosive than he was before getting hurt. Now around 234, he expects to climb back up to 242 to play. Related ArticlesOctober 16, 2017 Vance Joseph laments “critical errors” that led to Broncos’ stunning upset loss vs. Giants October 16, 2017 Broncos set to face a Chargers team that is gaining steam October 16, 2017 Broncos WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah McKenzie out for Week 7 with ankle sprains October 15, 2017 Eli Manning’s mistake-free performance lifts undermanned Giants over Broncos October 15, 2017 Kiszla: The Broncos’ No. 1 problem is No. 13. Trevor Siemian is not the answer at quarterback. Rookie tight end Jake Butt (knee) and quarterback Chad Kelly (knee, wrist) both remain on the reserve/non-football injury list. They can return to practice this week — head coach Vance Joseph said Butt will return Wednesday — and the team has a three-week window in which it can activate them or leave them on injured reserve for the rest of the season. “The hardest part for me has been — I want to make this team,” Butt said last week. “I don’t want to be handed a spot. I want to earn this and make this team. I’ve been having to do that off to the side without the coaches really coaching me and outside of meetings and everything. That’s been the hardest part. I want to make this team. That’s been the biggest adjustment.” Each NFL team is allowed to designate up to two players for return from reserve/NFI after six weeks have elapsed since they were placed on the list, and up to two players from injured reserve after eight weeks. Because the Broncos’ Week 8 game falls on a Monday night, Ray is able to return in time for his Kansas City homecoming. When Ray and Butt are activated, they will count against the roster cap, meaning the Broncos will have to make a pair of corresponding moves to clear spots on the 53-man roster. [...]
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Avalanche rookie Tyson Jost out 1-2 games with bone bruise
The Avalanche’s youngest player, 19-year-old center Tyson Jost, missed Friday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks with a bone bruise. Jost injured his left knee in the second period of Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins, a game he returned to in the third period and Colorado’s sixth goal in an empty-net situation. Jost didn’t practice Thursday and coach Jared Bednar said he is day-to-day with a bone bruise. Bednar suspects Jost won’t play Saturday night at Dallas but will return to the lineup Tuesday at Nashville. The Avs will have Sunday off before practicing Monday in Music City. “We’ll get him back on the ice Monday to test it and participate in practice and try to get ready for Tuesday,” Bednar said after Friday’s morning skate at the Pepsi Center. Matt Nieto replaced Jost in the 12-man forward corps, but Colin Wilson moved up from the fourth line to replace Jost on the line with Gabe Landeskog and J.T. Compher. Nieto hasn’t played since opening night. Related Articles Lunch Special: Colorado Avalanche chat with Mike Chambers Avalanche loses at Dallas 3-1 Chambers: Anaheim saw in Francois Beauchemin what the Avalanche could not Avalanche, Stars off to unexpected starts this season Avalanche dominates, but wins a tight one over Anaheim Lineup. Colorado’s top two lines remained the same: Nathan MacKinnon centered Sven Andrighetto and Mikko Rantanen, and Matt Duchene was between Nail Yakupov and Alex Kerfoot. The Avs again made rookie defensemen Anton Lindholm and Andrei Mironov healthy scratches, using the same defensive pairings as Wednesday. Evacuation. Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin and his family were evacuated from their Anaheim-area home Monday because of the southern California wildfires. Beauchemin, who played the last two seasons for the Avalanche before being bought out by the team in June, is one of many Ducks players/staff who spent a part of their season-opening, four-game homestand in hotels. Footnotes. Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano appeared in his 791st consecutive game Friday, the longest iron man streak since Steve Larmer played in 884 consecutive ending in 1993. … The Ducks had four former Avs in the lineup Friday in forward Chris Wagner, Beauchemin and backup goalie Reto Berra. … The Ducks entered Friday 0-of-15 on the power play. The Avs were only only slightly better (2-of-17). … Colorado was last in the league in penalty killing at 66.7 percent (12-of-18). Anaheim was 18-of-22 on the PK after going 3-of-4 against the Avs in the first period. … The Avs have allowed just two goals at 5-on-5. The seven other goals-against have come on special teams. COLORADO AT DALLAS, 6 p.m. Saturday, ALT, 950 AM Spotlight on: John Klingberg. The Stars defenseman has points in four consecutive games to start the season and leads the team with five (two goals). Dallas has scored a power-play goal in each game this season and Klingberg has five points (goal, four points) when the team has struck with the man-advantage. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Klingberg is the first Stars blue-liner to record points in his first four games of a season since Philippe Boucher in 2005-06. [...]
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