The Colorado Avalanche are officially slumping.
Coming off a fourth straight loss at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights, they will look to snap out of it on the road, as they head to Vancouver to take on the Canucks.
Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen scored the lone goals for the Avalanche on Monday night, a game in which a sloppy second period was their ultimate downfall.
It’s possible the Avalanche will get another lineup boost when they take on the Canucks. Valeri Nichushkin and Evan Rodrigues both travelled with the team and could be options to enter the lineup if they’re feeling better.
We should learn more after morning skate. Stay tuned for CHN for any updates.
The Canucks have had a tough season to date, and are coming off a 6-2 loss at home to the New York Islanders. Losers of three straight, they sit in sixth place in the Pacific, seven points out of a playoff spot.
The Canucks won the first matchup between these two teams back in November, defeating the Avalanche 4-3 at Ball Arena.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Alexander Newhook – J.T. Compher – Logan O’Connor
Andrew Cogliano – Ben Meyers – Denis Malgin
Kurtis MacDermid – Darren Helm – Martin Kaut
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Erik Johnson
Andreas Englund – Brad Hunt
Expected Vancouver Canucks Lines, per PuckPedia.com
Andrei Kuzmenko – Elias Pettersson – J.T. Miller
Ilya Mikheyev – Bo Horvat – Brock Boeser
Conor Garland – Sheldon Dries – William Lockwood
Dakota Joshua – Jack Studnicka – Curtis Lazar
Quinn Hughes – Ethan Bear
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Tyler Myers
Travis Dermott – Luke Schenn
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 25.2%, 7th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 75.7%, 20th in NHL
Vancouver Canucks Power Play: 25.2%, 7th in NHL
Vancouver Canucks Penalty Kill: 67.6%, 32nd in NHL
How to Watch
TV: Altitude TV, ESPN+, Sportsnet
Radio: 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio
Game Time: 8 PM MST