The Colorado Avalanche are aiming for the top spot in the conference.
If they want to get there, they’ll have to jump a few teams. One of those teams? The Winnipeg Jets.
Down Cale Makar, the Avalanche will head into Winnipeg with their sights set on a victory. The Jets currently sit just four points ahead of the Avalanche in the standings, but have played three more games. The two teams haven’t played each other since late November, when the Jets dominated the Avalanche.
Without Makar, the Avalanche will likely go back to an 11 forward, seven defenseman setup. Josh Manson appears to still be getting his feet back under him after missing so much time due to injury. The team is hopeful he’ll be able to play in both games this weekend.
Expect Alexandar Georgiev to get the start in net for Colorado.
The Jets have been up and down of late. In their last ten games, they’ve only managed to go 4-6. At home, however, they’re a different team, with a 20-8 record.
Up front, they’re led by the speedy Kyle Connor, who leads the team in scoring with 66 points. On defense, Josh Morrisey is having a career year, scoring at a point per game clip. He’s a good bet to be a finalist for the Norris Trophy at the end of the season.
After tonight, the teams will face-off just one more time, with that last game taking place in the final week of the regular season. The way things are going, that might not be the only time they see each other in April.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Valeri Nichushkin
Evan Rodrigues – J.T. Compher – Mikko Rantanen
Andrew Cogliano – Alex Newhook – Logan O’Connor
Matt Nieto – Denis Malgin
Devon Toews – Samuel Girard
Josh Manson – Bowen Byram
Kurtis MacDermid – Andreas Englund
Expected Winnipeg Jets Lines, per PuckPedia.com
Kyle Connor – Mark Scheifele – Mason Appleton
Nikoalj Ehlers – Pierre-Luc Dubois – Blake Wheeler
Morgan Barron – Adam Lowry – Karson Kuhlman
Saku Maenalanen – Kevin Stenlund – Sam Gagner
Josh Morrisey – Dylan Demelo
Brenden Dillon – Neal Pionk
Dylan Samberg – Nate Schmidt
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 23.5%, 8th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 77.5%, 19th in NHL
Winnipeg Jets Power Play: 21.9%, 14th in NHL
Winnipeg Jets Penalty Kill: 84.3%, 2nd in NHL
How to Watch
TV: ESPN+, Altitude TV, TSN3
Radio: 92.5 Altitude Sports Radio
Game Time: 6:00 PM MST