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Morning Flurries: Still injured, still winning

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Plus two prospects with player of the month honors

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After a much needed day off the Colorado Avalanche are ready to take on the Anaheim Ducks tonight. Head coach Jared Bednar indicated on his weekly radio show that reinforcements from the injured list which now includes Cale Makar are not expected for at least a little while. A call up was not made before this game but might become needed for the upcoming road trip.

Dual Prospect Honors

It was an exceptional month for Avalanche prospect Bowen Byram as he was named the WHL player of the month for February. He was previously named to such honors in January and April of 2019.

From Vancouver’s press release: In 12 February games, Bowen Byram scored seven goals and added 17 assists for 24 points. He recorded points in all 12 of those games, while helping the Giants to an 11-1 February record. Byram’s February highlights included: A five-game goal streak (Feb. 12 – Feb. 21), nine multi-point games and a +17 rating.

Not only do the Avalanche have one player of the month, they have two as Alex Newhook took home both Hockey East rookie and player of the month honors.

Newhook led the nation in February with 20 points, 11 assists, two shorthanded goals and a plus-14 rating. He registered six multi-point outings in nine games, including a five-point night on Feb. 15 in a 6-2 win over Merrimack at Conte Forum. The Newfoundland native recorded at least one point in all nine outings and ended the month riding a 10-game point streak with 10 goals and 11 assists over that span.

The League

While it’s a pretty common business practice to hire familiar faces, studies have shown that the NHL engages in this more often than their other professional sports counterparts.

After a devastating tornado in Nashville on Monday night, the Predators opened their doors to all affected by the storm.

The NHL is keeping a watchful eye on the spread of the coronavirus but The Athletic details that it’s the IIHF Under-18 tournament in April which is the most at risk for cancellation and would have a large impact on evaluations for the upcoming NHL draft.