Opponent: Arizona Coyotes (7-4-1)
Where: Gila River Arena — Glendale, AZ
Puck Drop: 7:00 pm MT
Opponent’s Beat: Five for Howling
It’s second game in as many nights for the Colorado Avalanche this evening. They lost game one of the double header to the Dallas Stars last night to a frustrating scoreline of 2-1 in regulation. The team has now flown to Arizona to face the Coyotes, who have gotten their season off to a good start.
The biggest issue from Friday’s loss was the failure of the team to start on time. Coach Jared Bednar was not happy with his team’s effort in the first half of the game, and a strong second half just made the first half all the more infuriating.
The Avs are going to be more tired than their opponents today, but that’s no excuse to not start on time. Attack early and maybe a strong start will make the rest of the game easier.
Since there was no morning skate for the Avalanche, we’re going to stick with last night’s lineup for this one and we’ll keep you updated on the lines should they change. At the end of the Dallas game, Bednar swapped his top-six around. If these new lines are real, that would be pretty good.
Bednar the last few shifts has shuffled the following lines:— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) November 2, 2019
Finally some common sense. Kadri back at center.
Tyson Jost - Nathan MacKinnon - J.T. Compher
Andre Burakovsky - Nazem Kadri - Joonas Donskoi
Matt Nieto - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Matt Calvert
Valeri Nichushkin - Vladislav Kamenev - Jayson Megna
Sam Girard - Erik Johnson
Ian Cole - Cale Makar
Ryan Graves - Nikita Zadorov
Here are the Coyotes lines from Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens
Clayton Keller - Christian Dvorak - Phil Kessel
Michael Grabner - Derek Stepan - Vinnie Hinostroza
Barrett Hayton - Nick Schmaltz - Conor Garland
Lawson Crouse - Carl Soderberg (hi!) - Christian Fischier
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Jason Demers
Jakob Chychrun - Alex Goligoski
Aaron Ness - Ilya Lyubushkin
Since the Avs played last night and the Coyotes didn’t, expect Pavel Francouz and Darcy Kuemper to get the starts in net.