Round and round the carousel goes. The Avalanche have done another round of send downs and recalls for the upcoming road trip. Immediately following the game on Monday, the Avalanche sent down all three of their recent recalls to the Colorado Eagles. Andreas Englund saw his first action in an Avalanche sweater as the depleted defensive core struggles to stay healthy. Kurtis MacDermid was injured in the game against the Hurricanes, leaving in the first period with a lower body injury. Englund on the other hand, played well receiving praise from Coach Jared Bednar with him saying that that he like his game and that he was physical. He was sent down and brought back up this morning, so he is doing something right.
Forward Jayson Megna, now on his second stint with the team, may not have any stats to show for his play but has been improving on the fourth line. He has been helping with a lot of zone exits while on the ice and even tasked with the penalty kill. His speed up the middle is more than likely what is keeping him on the Avalanche right now. When his line gets the chance, he tends to crash the net, and he does it hard. Megna has been the victim of the cap by being sent down for a day or two and then recalled.
Anton Blidh had a chance with the Avalanche at the beginning of the season making the opening night roster. After one game he was sent to Loveland and has played twelve games with the Eagles since. He has four goals and no assists while also being a plus-2. Blidh was recalled yesterday as winger Sampo Ranta was sent down on Monday night. Ranta had played decent but is showing he still needs some work. In the game against the Hurricanes, Ranta had fallen and taken a puck to the face. He currently has a few stitches in both lips and some chipped teeth from it.
We can expect Megna and Blidh both to take places on the fourth line while Englund will probably go back on the third pairing. Here are my expected lines for the upcoming road trip
* may move up in the lineup.