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Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Alex Newhook to make debut in San Jose

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Avalanche’ young stud to dawn the number eighteen in his NHL debut

2019 NHL Draft - Portraits Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

Tonight the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks will face off for the final time of the 2020-21 season. The Sharks were disqualified from playoff contention after their overtime loss to Colorado on Monday. The Avalanche are just two points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for best in the west with a game in hand.

COLORADO AVALANCHE

The Avs are coming off a character win over San Jose. The victory was secured in overtime by an Andre Burakovsky snapshot. Colorado also got a tying goal from forward Nazem Kadri, who has struggled mightily this season but can make a mark when the postseason rolls around.

The most noteworthy news of the day is that Alex Newhook will be making his debut for the Colorado Avalanche. Newhook (20) has looked like an elite talent for the Colorado Eagles, scoring eight points in eight games.

UPDATE:

Newhook will be making his debut next to Kadri and Burakovsky. That should be fun! And it looks like Jacob MacDonald will be back as well.

FORWARDS

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Nazem Kadri - Alex Newhook - Andre Burakovsky
Joonas Donskoi - Tyson Jost - Valeri Nichushkin
Carl Soderberg - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - J.T. Compher

DEFENDERS

Devon Toews - Cale Makar
Ryan Graves - Conor Timmins
Jacob MacDonald - Patrik Nemeth

SAN JOSE SHARKS

The Sharks 2020-21 campaign is all but over, with just four games remaining in their season. San Jose will finish among some of the league’s worst teams regarding goal differential and standings position.

FORWARDS

Alexander Barabanov - Tomas Hertl - Evander Kane
Rudolfs Balcers - Logan Couture - Noah Gregor
Timo Meier - Alexander True - Kevin Labanc
Ryan Donato - Patrick Marleau - John Leonard

DEFENDERS

Mario Ferraro - Brent Burns
Nikolai Knyzhov - Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Christian Jaros

GOALTENDERS

The Sharks will go with Josef Korenar in net tonight, who has struggled behind his team with just two wins in five starts. He’s sporting a 3.21 GAA and has stopped .896 percent of shots.

The Avalanche will likely lean on Philipp Grubauer once more after a dicey four-goal game in Monday’s duel. Grubauer wasn’t really to blame as the Avalanche made costly turnovers all over the ice and left Gru out to dry a bit. Grubauer is among the league’s best statistically with a 2.00 GAA and .920 SV%.