NHL Buzz: Newhook to make debut for Avalanche

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Colorado Avalanche

Alex Newhook will make his NHL debut when the Avalanche visit the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, ALT, NHL.TV).

The 20-year-old forward, who was the No. 16 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract March 31. He will play on a line with Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky.

Newhook has scored nine points (five goals, four assists) in eight games for Colorado of the American Hockey League after scoring 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 12 games during his sophomore season with Boston College.

The Avalanche (34-12-4), who have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, are second in the eight-team Honda West Division, two points behind the first-place Vegas Golden Knights and two points ahead of the third-place Minnesota Wild. The top four teams will qualify for the playoffs.

 
Vegas Golden Knights

Ryan Reaves is expected to return for the Stanley Cup Playoffs but it is unclear if the forward will be back during the regular season.

Reaves has not played since April 11 because of an undisclosed injury. He has scored five points (one goal, four assists) in 37 games and leads Vegas in hits (141).

“He’s getting closer but I don’t have a firm answer on when he’ll be back,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “I anticipate he’s going to be healthy for the playoffs for us, and if he can get back earlier than that, we’ll want him back earlier than that.”

Vegas has five games remaining this season beginning against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; BSN, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV). Their final game is scheduled for May 12 against the San Jose Sharks.

Forward Max Pacioretty will miss his second straight game with an undisclosed injury, but DeBoer said it would not be long term.

Vegas (36-13-2), which has clinched a berth in the playoffs, is first in the eight-team Honda West Division, two points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche. — Jessi Pierce

 
Detroit Red Wings

Tyler Bertuzzi is expected to be ready for the start of next season after the forward had back surgery April 30.

Bertuzzi last played Jan. 30. He scored seven points (five goals, two assists) in nine games and can become a restricted free agent after this season.

“I don’t want to get into the exact timing of that because I don’t know if it’s totally pertinent,” coach Jeff Blashill said Wednesday. “At the end of the day, he’s going to go through a normal rehab process and then the rehab process goes into the beginning of training (camp).

“Like any injury, you never know for sure what recoveries are like, but I think there’s an anticipation that he’s going to be able to make a full recovery and be ready at the start of next year, and we’ll see.” 

Robby Fabbri (upper body) is out for the final two games of the season, Blashill said. The forward has not played since April 3.

There was no update on center Dylan Larkin, who hasn’t played since April 20 because of an undisclosed injury. 

“He’s continuing to be evaluated,” Blashill said. “We’ll keep seeing where it goes.”

The Red Wings (18-27-9) are seventh in the eight-team Discover Central Division. They have been eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention. — Jon Lane

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