Saturday night for the Colorado Avalanche felt a little bit like the dam breaking for the offense.
But none of that will matter if they can’t carry that momentum over to Monday afternoon.
The Avalanche completely dominated the Ottawa Senators on their way to a 7-0 route. Mikko Rantanen, Alex Newhook, and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice, with Brad Hunt adding the other goal. Pavel Francouz started in net and stopped all 29 shots he faced.
The team could potentially get a big boost to the lineup in the form of Valeri Nichushkin. The large Russian winger practiced with the team on Sunday afternoon. If he tells the coaching staff he feels healthy, he would bolster the forward core in a big way. Nichushkin showed up to the rink early, so it’s a good indication he will play.
The Avalanche also recalled Anton Blidh Monday morning.
The Detroit Red Wings currently sit six points back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They’re coming off a 4-3 loss to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets.
This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Evan Rodrigues
Valeri Nichushin – J.T. Compher – Mikko Rantanen
Andrew Cogliano – Alex Newhook – Logan O’Connor
Anton Blidh – Ben Meyers
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Erik Johnson
Kurtis MacDermid – Brad Hunt
Expected Detroit Red Wings Lines, per PuckPedia.com
Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond
Dominik Kubalik – Michael Rasmussen – David Perron
Robby Fabbri – Andrew Copp – Jonatan Berggren
Adam Erne – Joe Valeno – Oskar Sundqvist
Jake Walmen – Moritz Seider
Ben Chiarot – Filip Hronek
Olli Maatta – Jordan Oesterle
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 23.2%, 13th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 75.6%, 21st in NHL
Detroit Red Wings Power Play: 20.3%, 22nd in NHL
Detroit Red Wings Penalty Kill: 75.8%, 20th in NHL
How to Watch
TV: ESPN+, Altitude TV, BSDET
Radio: 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio
Game Time: 1:00 PM MST