Maybe a little bit of home cooking is what the Colorado Avalanche need to finish the calendar years strong.
Fresh off a tough 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Coyotes, the Avalanche head home to take on the Los Angeles Kings.
Just prior to the Holiday break, the Avalanche had won four straight at Ball Arena. They’ll look to recapture that magic again on Thursday evening.
The team did practice on Wednesday afternoon, and were joined by Nathan MacKinnon and Darren Helm. For MacKinnon, it was the first time he had skated with the team since getting injured on Dec. 5. Although MacKinnon did not take morning skate on Thursday and will not suit up, his return does appear to be imminent.
The only potential lineup question mark will be Erik Johnson, who took a puck off the hand at morning skate and did not return, per NHL.com’s Ryan Boulding. Coach Bednar did not have an update after skate on his status.
Erik Johnson just took a shot to the hand and left skate early.
— Ryan Boulding (@rboulding) December 29, 2022
The Kings, meanwhile, are coming off a strong 4-2 victory over the division leading Vegas Golden Knights. With the Golden Knights losing in a shootout on Wednesday night, the Kings sit only four points back of their division rivals for first place in the Pacific.
This will be the first of three meetings between the Avalanche and Kings this season.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – J.T. Compher – Mikko Rantanen
Alexander Newhook – Evan Rodrigues – Denis Malgin
Andrew Cogliano – Ben Meyers – Logan O’Connor
Kurtis MacDermid – Charles Hudon – Jacbo MacDonald
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Erik Johnson
Andreas Englund – Brad Hunt
Expected Los Angeles Kings Lines, per LAHockeyNow.com
Kevin Fiala-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Alex Iafallo-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Jaret Anderson-Dolan-Blake Lizotte-Gabe Vilardi
Brendan Lemieux-Quinton Byfield-Rasmus Kupari
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi-Matt Roy
Alex Edler-Sean Walker
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 27.3%, 5th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 76.4%, 21st in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 22.6%, 15th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 71.4%, 28th in NHL
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