Colorado travels to the wintery confines of Edmonton, Alberta for this season's first meeting with an old Northwest Division
college lottery buddy.
Oil: Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude!!! Long time no see!!! Still suck?
Avs: No, you miscreant. Still racing for the bottom?
Oil: Don't be a drag, man. We're like totally legit now. We signed an actual goalie.
Avs: Who, the corpse of Tim Thomas?
Oil: Nah, man. He chose Florida instead. We signed Bryzgalov.
Avs: The guy who publicly mocked your whole region while the backup in Anahiem?
Oil: That's our guy!!!
Avs: Didn't he get concussed the other night?
Oil: What's a concussion? Is that what they're gonna call the foods stands at our bitchin' new arena? It's named after some Roger dude. I think it's Roger Gretzky.
Avs: Did you sniff paint as a kid?
Oil: Seriously brah, you gonna hang with use for the yearly envelope opening? I figure we got two of the top 3 on lock, right? Howsabout this time you let us get a defenseman. I heard they help alot.
Avs: You drafted Darnell Nurse last season, you cretin.
Oil: Ohhhh yeah. Totally forgot about him. He's gonna anchor our top pair with Justin Schultz!
Avs: About that...
Oil: Hey! Hey! We got the best guy in a trade with the Blues. Name's David Perron. I bet he's glad to get out of St. Louis, right?
Avs: Sure he is. Now he's the best player on the team.
Avs: Hey, you guys have to be happy with Nail Yakupov's play this season though, right? Probably under-valued in the defensive zone though.
Oil: He should tots win the Selke.
Avs: You're sucking the fun out of this...
Oil: Man, we've won 9 games this year. Ten more and we'll have matched next season. And we've only played 29 games!
Avs: We've already eclipsed last year's 16 wins and we've only played 25.
Oil: What's eclipsed mean? Is it like slew-footing? Cuz I heard you have some goons on your team this year. Some Scottish guy?
Avs: No. Just... no. By the way, how's the new coach working out?
Oil: He might hate Russians.
Here are your projected starting lineups:
|Andrew Ference||Jeff Petry|
|Nick Schultz||Anton Belov|
|Martin Marincin/Corry Potter||Justin Schultz|
|(Starter) Devan Dubnyk (3.38 GAA, .889 SV%)|
|(Backup) Jason Labarbera (3.69 GAA, .858 SV%)
Out: Ilya Bryzgalov (concussion/whiplash), Boyd Gordon (shoulder), Philip Larsen (back)
GOOD GUYS (tots guesses)
||Matt Duchene||Ryan O'Reilly|
|Jamie McGinn||Paul Stastny||P.A. Parenteau|
|Patrick Bordeleau||Marc-Andre Cliche||Cody McLeod|
|Jan Hejda||Erik Johnson|
|Tyson Barrie||Nate Guenin|
|(Starter) Semyon Varlamov (2.13 GAA, .933 SV%)|
|(Backup) J.S. Giguere (1.62 GAA, .949 SV%)
Out: Brad Malone (healthy),
Nick Holden (healthy), Cory Sarich (maintenance), Alex Tanguay (knee), Ryan Wilson (back)
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Puck drops 7:30pm MT / 9:30pm ET