The Colorado Avalanche are back rolling again, but on Saturday night, they’ll face a team even hotter than them.
Winners of their last four, the Avalanche head to Seattle to take on the red-hot Kraken.
On Friday, the Avalanche played again without superstar defenseman Cale Makar. It did not matter, as the team buckled down defensively and took advantage of their opportunities on the powerplay on their way to a 4-1 win.
It’s possible Cale Makar suits up on Saturday night. He took part in morning skate on Friday morning, but was held out against the Canucks. If he does play, we likely will not find out until warmups.
Alexandar Georgiev started against the Canucks, but on the second half of the back to back, you can expect to see Pavel Francouz in net. The Avalanche goaltending duo is one of the best in the league.
The Kraken, meanwhile, are rolling. They have won nine of 11 games since the start of the new year, and have surged into first place in the Pacific division. The Kraken are led by former Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky in scoring, with 38 points.
This is the second of three matchups between the teams this season. The Kraken took the first game back in October at Ball Arena.
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 – Erik Johnson
Samuel Girard – Brad Hunt
Kurtis MacDermid – Jacob MacDonald
Expected Seattle Kraken Lines, per PuckPedia.com
Andre Burakovsky – Matty Beniers – Jordan Eberle
Ryan Donato – Alex Wennberg – Jared McCann
Eeli Tolvanen – Yanni Gourde – Oliver Bjorkstrand
Brandon Tanev – Morgan Geekie – Daniel Strong
Vince Dunn – Adam Larsson
Jamie Oleksiak – Will Borgen
Carson Soucy – Cale Fleury
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 24.8%, 7th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 76.2%, 19th in NHL
Seattle Kraken Power Play: 20.6%, 20th in NHL
Seattle Kraken Penalty Kill: 70.1%, 31st in NHL
How to Watch
TV: ESPN+, Altitude TV, Root Sports
Radio: 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio
Game Time: 8:00 PM MST