Don’t expect the Colorado Avalanche to change a whole lot after Tuesday’s win.
Coming off arguably their most dominant performance of the season, the Avalanche will face a much more difficult opponent in the Los Angeles Kings. The last time the Kings were in town, the Avalanche blew a third period lead, eventually losing in a shootout. They’ll need a much more complete effort tonight.
The one change to the lineup will be due to injury. Kurtis MacDermid, who fell into the boards in the third period, will not play. After morning skate, head coach Jared Bednar declared him to be day-to-day with a lower body injury. Brad Hunt will step into the lineup in his place.
After facing only 13 shots on Tuesday night, Alexandar Georgiev will be back in net for the Avalanche.
Team defense will be important for the Avalanche, because the Kings can score goals. They’re currently on a four game winning streak, and have scored 17 goals across those four victories. They’re currently eight in the league in goals scored.
At the moment, the Kings are tied with Vegas for not only the top spot in the Pacific Division, but also the entire Western Conference. They’re led offensively by Kevin Fiala, who they acquired from Minnesota over the summer. He sits with 67 points in 65 games.
The two teams will meet one more time this season, when the Avalanche visit Los Angeles in April.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Artturi Lehkonen – Nathan MacKinnon – Valeri Nichushkin
Evan Rodrigues – J.T. Compher – Mikko Rantanen
Andrew Cogliano – Lars Eller – Logan O’Connor
Matt Nieto – Alex Newhook – Denis Malgin
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Bowen Byram
Jack Johnson – Brad Hunt
Expected Los Angeles Kings Lines, per lahockeynow.com
Quinton Byfield-Anze Kopitar-Adrian Kempe
Kevin Fiala-Phil Danault-Viktor Arvidsson
Alex Iafallo-Blake Lizotte-Gabe Vilardi
Carl Grundstrom-Rasmus Kupari-Zack MacEwen
Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Vladislav Gavrikov-Matt Roy
Alex Edler-Sean Durzi
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 22.8%, 9th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 78.8%, 18th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Power Play: 24.7%, 5th in NHL
Los Angeles Kings Penalty Kill: 76%, 23rd in NHL
How to Watch
TV: ESPN+, Altitude TV
Radio: 92.5 Altitude Sports Radio
Game Time: 7:00 PM MST