The Avs are no doubt hungry to rebound after a 7-2 shellacking at the hands of the division leading Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
They play their next seven games at the Can and need to take advantage of it: Winnipeg (Dec. 29), Columbus (New Years Eve), Philadelphia (Jan. 2), San Jose (Jan. 4), Calgary (Jan. 6), Ottawa (Jan. 8), and NY Islanders (Jan. 10). I don't know about you guys but I see 9-10 points as a successful homestand, with anything less a disappointment.
Tonight's matchup marks the third of five meetings between the Avs and Jets. Colorado came out on top in their first two meetings, both of them come-from-behind victories: 3-2 at home, and a 4-3 shootout in Winnipeg.
Here and your projected starting lineups (please note the injuries list and thus potential for changes):
|Andrew Ladd||Bryan Little||Blake Wheeler|
|Evander Kane||Mark Scheifele||Michael Frolik|
|Chris Thorburn||Olli Jokinen||Devin Setoguchi|
|Eric Tangradi||James Wright||Anthony Peluso|
|Tobias Enstrom||Jacob Trouba|
|Dustin Byfuglien||Keaton Ellerby|
|Julian Melchiori||Adam Pardy|
|Starter: Al Montoya (2.14 GAA, .923 SV%)|
|Backup: Ondrej Pavelec (3.03 GAA, .902 SV%)|
Game-time decisions: Zach Bogosian (food poisoning) and Mark Stuart (lower body)
Out: Grant Clitsome (lower body), Matt Halischuk (fractured forearm)
|Ryan O'Reilly||Matt Duchene||Nathan MacKinnon|
|Gabe Landeskog||Paul Stastny||P.A. Parenteau|
|Jamie McGinn||John Mitchell||Max Talbot|
|Cody McLeod||Marc-Andre Cliche||Patrick Bordeleau|
|Jan Hejda||Erik Johnson|
|Andre Benoit||Cory Sarich*|
|Ryan Wilson||Tyson Barrie|
|Starter: Semyon Varlamov (2.37 GAA, .926 SV%)|
|Backup: J.S. Giguere (2.51 GAA, .918 SV%)|
*As of this writing it is not confirmed who Sarich will replace. Last game Ryan Wilson paired with Barrie.
UPDATE: Cory Sarich will replace Nate Guenin who is scratched alongside Nick Holden and Brad Malone.
Out: Alex Tanguay (knee/hip)
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Puck drops 6:00pm MT / 8:00pm ET
TV: Altitude, RDS2, TSN Jets