The Colorado Avalanche will look too recapture some of the same magic they had in Rogers Place in June of last year on Saturday.
After dropping their fifth straight game on Thursday to the Canucks and falling in the standings quickly, the Avalanche will look to turn it around against the best player in the NHL.
Connor McDavid leads the NHL in a wide margin in points with 75, and slowing him down will be crucial if the Avalanche plan to get back in the win column.
On Thursday, the Avalanche lost yet another forward to injury, with Denis Malgin leaving the game due to an upper body injury. He did not take morning skate on Saturday, but it appears Evan Rodrigues will be ready to re-enter the lineup as he participated in the morning skate wearing a full contact jersey.
The Edmonton Oilers, meanwhile, are currently holding onto the last playoff spot in the Western Conference with 44 points. They’re coming off a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders.
They boast the two leading scorers in the NHL, with McDavid and his teammate Leon Draisaitl.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Alexander Newhook – J.T. Compher – Evan Rodrigues
Andrew Cogliano – Ben Meyers – Logan O’Connor
Kurtis MacDermid – Darren Helm – Martin Kaut
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Erik Johnson
Andreas Englund – Brad Hunt
Expected Edmonton Oilers Lines, per PuckPedia.com
Klim Kostin – Connor McDavid – Kailer Yamamoto
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Leon Draisaitl – Zach Hyman
Mattias Janmark – Ryan McLeod – Jesse – Puljujarvi
Dyan Holloway – James Hamblin – Derek Ryan
Darnell Nurse – Cody Ceci
Brett Kulak – Tyson Barrie
Philip Broberg – Evan Bouchard
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 25%, 8th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 76.2%, 19th in NHL
Edmonton Oilers Power Play: 31.9%, 1st in NHL
Edmonton Oilers Penalty Kill: 73.4%, 25th in NHL
How to Watch
TV: Altitude TV, ESPN+, CBC
Radio: 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio
Game Time: 8 PM MST