The Colorado Avalanche are looking to extend their early-season winning streak to three games tonight as the Anaheim Ducks come to town. The Avs will want to get two points against a Ducks team that is absolutely decimated by injury. A win tonight is crucial as the team will head to Dallas after the game for a tough matchup against the Stars tomorrow night.
The Avalanche will be looking for revenge after going 0-3 against the Ducks last season while averaging only one goal for a game. Jonathan Bernier will be in net tonight for the Avs against the team he spent last season with.
The Avs will look to make it four wins in their first five games with a win tonight. Facing off against their first Western Conference opponent, the home team will look to build off of their dominant performance in the home opener. Monday night against the Bruins was the team’s first really good game of the season. They controlled the play, outshot their opponent and were able to show us just how good they can be when everything is clicking.
Tyson Jost stayed off the ice yesterday to rest his sore knee after taking a dangerous his from Adam McQuaid. Now it’s being reported that Jost had an MRI on the knee yesterday and will be out of the lineup day to day. He won’t be playing tonight -and likely not tomorrow. Matt Nieto will draw back into the lineup in his place.
On the blueline it looks like Anton Lindholm and Andrei Mironov will be the odd men out again. Bednar is going with the group that looked very good against the Bruins on Wednesday.
The 2-1-1 Ducks will be playing their first road game of the season when they hit the ice at the Pepsi Center tonight. As mentioned, the Ducks have been suffering through some serious injury issues early in the season. Ryan Getzlaf has missed two games - though he’ll be in the lineup tonight - and the team has been without Ryan Kesler, Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm the entire season thus far.
Still, the team has been able to find a couple wins while starting the season on a nice little homestand.
Ritchie came off pretty early and said he felt good after morning skate and is improving. Plans to take warm-up.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 13, 2017
Apparently, Nick Ritchie made the trip with the team and will try to get into the lineup tonight. He’ll be a game-time decision.
Jonathan Bernier will be between the pipes for the Avs so that Semyon Varlamov can start in Dallas tomorrow night. Bernier is 0-1 so far this season after stopping 35 of the 39 shots he faced in the team’s loss to New Jersey last .week
Across the ice, we are going to see John Gibson for the Ducks. Gibson comes into the game with a 2-1-1 record after starting all four games for the Ducks so far this season. He has a .920 sv% and is a big reason why the Ducks have been able to overcome injury issues.
How to Watch/Listen
As always the game will be on, puck drop at 7:00 MST. For those of you looking for a different perspective, you can catch the Ducks broadcast on NHL.tv
You can also listen to the game with our friend Marc Moser on Altitude Sports Radio 950AM.