Hello from the press room of the Pepsi Center. Avs host the Devils, the Devils, the Devils! tonight, 7 p.m., be there or not be there.

A couple of news items from the skate:

  • Nail Yakupov gets a top-line left wing assignment tonight, replacing Sven Andrighetto, who moves to the fourth line. Yak will skate with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. My take: Not sure this is as much a promotion for Yak’s recent play as it is a demotion for ‘Ghetto. In fact, Jared Bednar did say that ‘Ghetto’s play just hasn’t cut it of late. But I think it’s a good opportunity for Yak to get some confidence from this and he certainly has the skill to play with MacK and Rants.
  • Colin Wilson is day-to-day with some kind of undisclosed injury. Bednar wanted to play him tonight, but he’s holding off for another couple days. He could return Sunday against the Stars.
  • Patrik Nemeth skated in a non-contact jersey. Nemeth has a back injury. Bednar said he should be able to take contact very soon.
  • With five goals and 15 assists, Nathan MacKinnon is your No. 1 star of the month for November in the NHL.
  • Semyon Varlamov gets his second straight start in goal for the Avs, who will try to avenge what was their first loss of the season, in Newark against the Devils, Devils, Devils!

Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling “Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports’ Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era” and “100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”, which was published in October, 2016.

  • Max Power

    please please please Zadorov take off Butchers head if he trys that coming down the lane bs and just destroy that dood

    • wflan

      For real, take his head off? unfreakingreal…

      Zadorov is a lot more valuable contributing than in the penalty box of serving a suspension.

      • Max Power

        why so serious wflan? clearly I didnt mean to encourage injury and was simply over embellishing for comedic sake. but I think you’ll agree when Zadorov has a snarl to his game and blows people up physically it sets a tone for the team and a message to the opposition that they better keep their head up.

    • cerveau

      As long as Zads stoops about 2 feet before ramming head on and creaming the Butcher things should be nice and legal.
      No cross checks or head shots like our captain who crusades against concussions.
      No boarding
      Thing is, he (Zads) will probably have to fight somebody afterwards… so we have to budget 2-4 mins penalty anyhow… during which time the Butcher will probably score.