The Colorado Avalanche found a bit of that old swagger back at home. Now, can they take it with them on the road?
At home, the offense seemed to wake up. The Avalanche have struggled to score goals all season long, but in the back to back victories, scored a combined 13 goals.
The Avalanche also got a big piece of their team back in the lineup on Monday.
Valeri Nichushkin, who has only suited up for 16 games this season, returned to the lineup and his presence was immediately felt. He picked up an assist on the a powerplay goal, and provided a screen in front of the net on the same tally.
Unfortunately, the news was not as good on Wednesday. Jared Bednar announced Cale Makar will miss the game with an injury. He’s listed as day to day.
The Avalanche will go back to Alexandar Georgiev in net.
This game has a lot of importance in terms of the standings.
The Calgary Flames sit four points ahead of the Avalanche in the standings, but currently have played three more games. The Avalanche need to take care of their games in hand to catch up in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The Flames are coming off a 2-1 loss to Nashville in which their play was described as “pathetic“.
This is the second of three meetings between the teams this season.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Evan Rodrigues
Valeri Nichushkin – J.T. Compher – Mikko Rantanen
Andrew Cogliano – Alex Newhook – Logan O’Connor
Anton Blidh – Ben Meyers
Devon Toews – Sam Girard
Andreas Englund – Erik Johnson
Kurtis MacDermid – Brad Hunt
Expected Calgary Flames lines, per CalgaryHockeyNow.com
Dillon Dube – Elias Lindholm – Tyler Toffoli
Milan Lucic – Nazem Kadri – Jonathan Huberdeau
Andrew Mangiapane – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman
Trevor Lewis – Adam Ruzicka – Walker Duehr
Noah Hanifin – Rasmus Andersson
MacKenzie Weegar – Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Michael Stone
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 24%, 11th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 75.9%, 19th in NHL
Calgary Flames Power Play: 19.4%, 24th in NHL
Calgary Flames Penalty Kill: 82.4%, 7th in NHL
How to Watch
TV: ESPN+, Altitude TV, Sportsnet 1
Radio: 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio
Game Time: 7:30 PM MST