The Avalanche travel to Montreal to play Les Canadiens in the Bell Centre tonight. Coach Patrick Roy and EVP/GM Joe Sakic will both a get a change to wallow in their old stomping ground as both teams head to Quebec City for the back end of the two-game stand. You may or may not know that Patrick is from Quebec City and had mild success in Montreal before coming to Colorado. You may or may not also know that Joe played for a NHL team that was located in Quebec prior to moving to Colorado. Seriously, it's on Wikipedia. Look it up.
According to Roy he's taking a bloated roster on this trip to get all 28 dudes some playing time. From the Avalanche.com preview:
The Avs coach's plan was to have 15 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies on the trip, with six of the forwards and eight of the defensemen only playing in one of the games.
New Av Daniel Briere may have to wait to Friday night to play against his old mates as he recently traveled Philly to see his son through a surgery for an injury suffered while playing hockey. The plan is for Briere to meet the team in Montreal but he may not play in the game tonight. Likewise, new guy Jarome Iginla and old favorite Alex Tanguay may get a night off in favor of evaluating others. Non-intra-squad debuts of captain Gabriel Landeskog, netminder Semyon Varlamov, offensive rearguard Tyson Barrie, and leader Ryan O`Reilly will likely occur on this trip as well.
Old Av and new Hab P.A. Parenteau gave an interview after day 5 of Habs camp. He will likely get a chance to line-up against his old mates as he's currently playing a top 6 role for Montreal. Lars Eller will likely miss some more time due to injury as they're currently trying to get him worked into practices before the weekend.
Colorado is coming off two split squad losses to Anahiem while Montreal came back to beat Boston in their preseason debut. Puck drop is 7:30 pm Eastern, 5:30 pm Mountain and will be televised on RDS.