The Colorado Avalanche play their third game in as many nights as they travel to Dallas to take on the Stars. The team had another impressive outing last night, defeating the Wild 5-1. Mackinnon and Rantanen look like a dangerous combination, and a couple of the youngsters are playing their way into roster spots.
After cutting training camp down by 13 this morning, we are likely to see another few youngsters get a look tonight before another round of cuts tomorrow or Wednesday.
EVen after sending 13 more guys to San Antonio, the Avs still have 12 defensemen in camp. One of them is 2017 second round pick, Conor Timmins. Expect Timmins to get one more preseason game before being sent to Sault Ste Marie in the OHL. The battle for the final three defense spots on the team is in full flight among the rest of them - including Jared Cowan, who is still looking for a contract.
We are still waiting for tonight’s lineup, but expect to see everyone that wasn’t playing yesterday.
Kerfoot-Duchene-Yak should be the top line and we can expect to see EJ and Zadorov playing together for the first time this fall.
Update: the Avalanche have tweeted out their lines for the game, seen below:
The stars appear to be dressing a pretty high-end roster for tonight’s game.
According to Defending Big D, here are the expected lines for tonight:
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Alexander Radulov
Devin Shore - Roope Hintz - Brett Ritchie
Remi Elie - Adam Cracknell - Denis Gurianov
Curtis McKenzie - Gemel Smith - RJ Umberger
Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak - Stephen Johns
Patrik Nemeth - Julius Honka
Jonathan Bernier is going to be getting his second start in net for the Avs as he looks to build on Saturday in order to get into game for the start of the season. In the opposite net, Ben Bishop is expected to play the entire game for the Stars. With Dubnyk on Saturday and Bishop tonight, the Avs get a chance to get an early look at another starter from within the division.
How to Watch/Listen
Unfortunately, the game will not be televised tonight despite it being a home game. However, you are able to listen to the game on Altitude Radio 950AM. The puck is set to drop at 8:30 MST .