The Colorado Avalanche will look to make it seven straight wins on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks. They’ll do so with a pretty different lineup than they had just two days ago.
Matt Nieto, acquired last night from the San Jose Sharks, will be in the lineup for the Avalanche. He played for the team over the course of four different seasons, before leaving as a free agent in 2020. With 15 points in 45 games this season, he’ll bolster the bottom six forward group for the rest of the year.
In addition, the Avalanche will get Cale Makar and Denis Malgin back in the lineup. Makar had missed the previous four games with an upper body injury. Malgin has been out since early January with an upper body injury of his own.
The news was not all good, however, as Valeri Nichushkin will not play due to an upper body injury. He is considered day to day at this point.
Pavel Francouz is expected to start in net.
It’s been a tough season for the Anaheim Ducks. They have lost six of they last eight games, and with 33 points on the year, sit in second to last place in the NHL. They are led by DU alum Troy Terry and exciting young forward Trevor Zegras.
This is the first of three meetings between the teams this season.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Evan Rodrigues
Matt Nieto – J.T. Compher – Mikko Rantanen
Andrew Cogliano – Alex Newhook – Logan O’Connor
Denis Malgin – Ben Meyers
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Erik Johnson
Kurtis MacDermid – Brad Hunt
Expected Anaheim Ducks Lines, per PuckPedia.com
Adam Henrique – Mason McTavish – Troy Terry
Max Comtois – Trevor Zegras – Ryan Strome
Frank Vatrano – Isac Lundestrom – Jakob Silfverberg
Max Jones – Jayson Megna – Sam Carrick
Cam Fowler – Dmitri Kulikov
Simon Benoit – Colton White
Urho Vaakanainen – John Klingberg
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 24.5%, 7th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 76.9%, 20th in NHL
Anaheim Ducks Power Play: 16.5%, 28th in NHL
Anaheim Ducks Penalty Kill: 72%, 30th in NHL
How to Watch
TV: ESPN+, Altitude TV, Bally Sports West
Radio: 92.5 FM Altitude Sports Radio
Game Time: 7:00 PM MST