On Thursday night, the Colorado Avalanche hit a new low in their loss to the bottom feeding Chicago Blackhawks.
On Saturday, they will look to right the ship a little bit.
The Avalanche could not get out of their own way against the Blackhawks, with a lackluster powerplay and their own mistakes hurting them. Evan Rodrigues and Cale Makar scored the goals for the Avalanche.
The team will, once again, need reinforcements from the Colorado Eagles. Darren Helm left the game with a lower body and will miss “some time”. Alex Newhook missed practice on Friday due to a puck he took in the face, but is expected to play. Sampo Ranta was recalled to fill Helm’s spot in the lineup.
The Ottawa Senators are coming off a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. They presently sit seven points out of the final playoff spot and are seventh in the Atlantic Division.
This will be the first of two meetings between the teams this season.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Evan Rodrigues
Alexander Newhook – J.T. Compher – Mikko Rantanen
Andrew Cogliano – Ben Meyers – Logan O’Connor
Jacob MacDonald – Sampo Ranta – Martin Kaut
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Erik Johnson
Kurtis MacDermid – Brad Hunt
Expected Ottawa Senators Lines, per PuckPedia.com
Brady Tkachuk – Tim Stuetzle – Alex Debrincat
Claude Giroux – Shane Pinto – Drake Batherson
Parker Kelly – Dylan Gambell – Jake Lucchini
Derick Brassard – Mark Kastelic – Austin Watson
Thomas Chabot – Artyom Zub
Jake Sanderson – Travis Hamonic
Erik Brannstrom – Nick Holden
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 22.9%, 13th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 75%, 21st in NHL
Ottawa Senators Power Play: 27.1%, 6th in NHL
Ottawa Senators Penalty Kill: 82.4%, 6th in NHL
How to Watch
TV: ESPN+, Altitude TV, Sportsnet 1
Radio: 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio
Game Time: 5:00 PM MST