SEATTLE — Former Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer is scheduled to serve as Seattle’s backup when the teams play for the first time late Friday.
The struggling expansion club (4-11-4) will start Chris Driedger against Colorado at Climate Pledge Arena.
“Grubi’s ready to go whenever we need him in net,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after the morning skate. “For sure, he’ll have another opportunity to face his former team.”
Grubauer, who played the three previous seasons for the Avs before signing with Seattle as an unrestricted free agent, has a 4-8-1 record and a career-low .877 save percentage with the Kraken. He’s coming off a 4-2 loss against visiting Chicago on Wednesday when he made just 15-of-18 saves (.833).
Grubauer, who was not made available to the media Friday, had dinner with some of his former teammates on Thursday night in Seattle. Kraken forward Joonas Donskoi, who played for the Avs the past two seasons, also met up with his former teammates.
Footnotes. The Avs (7-5-1) were scheduled to go with the same lineup from Wednesday’s 4-2 victory at Vancouver, with goalie Darcy Kuemper again getting the start. Colorado entered the game on a three-game winning streak with points in six of its past seven games. … A day after skating on his own, rookie defenseman Bo Byram watched Friday’s optional morning skate from the bench in street clothes. Byram, who has missed the last two games, is recovering from at least his third concussion in 2021. “He’s feeling OK,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said of Byram, who has eight points (three goals) in 11 games. “He’s kind of on his own page right now when it comes to skating. If he’s feeling good and wants to skate then he’s going to do that. I saw him on the bike this morning when I got here. I don’t have an immediate update on what he was feeling like this morning but obviously, he didn’t want to go out with the group. There’s a lot going on out there, and I think that’s part of it. When it’s quieter and he can go out on his own it’s a better option.” … Avs center Nazem Kadri takes a seven-game points streak into Friday’s game. He has four goals and nine assists during that stretch.
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