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Regal Rundown: Bowen Byram to debut against Kings

Plus Quick’s birthday, power rankings and more in today’s news and notes.

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Bowen Byram #4 of Canada celebrates a goal against the Czech Republic during the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship quarterfinals at Rogers Place on January 2, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Fresh off a Silver Medal win at the 2021 World Juniors Championship, Team Canada captain Bowen Byram will make his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche tonight, as they face off against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

The 19-year-old was assigned the the AHL’s Colorado Eagles to start the season, until the WHL is able to begin their season. Last year he served as an alternate captain on the Vancouver Giants, scoring 14 goals and 38 assists in 50 games. He’ll serve as an extra defender tonight, while the Avalanche ice 11 forwards and seven defenders.

Kings Things

  • Practice Notes, 1/20 – New lines, Clague’s development, Anders(s)on’s, Moore [LA Kings Insider]
  • Kings Care Happenings – Fan Cutouts, Blood Drive, Royal Readers, Heroes, O’Ree Auction [LA Kings Insider]
  • LA Kings help out with ice hockey mentoring program for girls [ABC news]
  • Kings’ Jonathan Quick Hopes to Return to Elite Form in 2020-21 [The Hockey Writers]

Hockey Things

  • The case for the NHL keeping an all-Canadian division permanently [ESPN+]
  • Alex Ovechkin one of four Capitals placed on NHL covid-19 protocol-related absences list [Washington Post]
  • The unique path to the NHL for Pierre-Olivier Joseph [Pensburgh]
  • NHL 2021 debate: Which team is in danger of going from first to worst? [USA Today]
  • Here’s why the NHL is coming to Tahoe in the middle of a pandemic [SF Gate]
  • NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus the biggest surprise for every team after opening week [ESPN]
  • Why the NHL is halting use of pucks with tracking technology [CBS Sports]
  • Joe Thornton Injured and Likely to Miss Time: Maple Leafs Scrambling [NHL Trade Talk]

Scores & Recaps

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