Just as we feared, Andrew Cogliano, who played so well in Game 1 against Nashville Tuesday night, will miss Game 2 with an upper-body injury.
Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar made the pronouncement this morning. Bednar would not tip his hand as to who will replace Cogs in the lineup, but it’s obviously likely to be either Alex Newhook, Kurtis MacDermid or Logan O’Connor.
Cogliano did skate this morning in a regular jersey, however, which obviously is good news. Bednar did say, though, that he won’t play because of injury. Cogliano is the Avalanche player with the most NHL playoff experience, with 101 games.
Personally, MacDermid would be the player I’d suit up. I want that enforcer deterrent in there, against a team that can’t compete on skill and talent. But we’ll see. O’Connor could be the guy who gets the call, as he plays more of a true forechecking game, which Bednar seems to want more right now.
The game tonight is on TNT, along with Altitude. Altitude lifted the blackout restrictions, so Comcast customers can see it.
No word just yet if David Rittich will be the Game 2 starter in goal for Nashville. Otherwise, Connor Ingram might get the start.
I’ll update this as the day moves along…
UPDATE: Connor Ingram, indeed, gets the start.