The Colorado Avalanche passed their first test with Gabriel Landeskog out of the lineup when they shut out the Buffalo Sabres Saturday afternoon. Now they will look to keep the momentum going as the Carolina Hurricanes come to town.
With both team currently fighting for a Wild Card position in their respective conferences, tonight’s game at the Pepsi Center should have a playoff feel to it. Neither team can afford to go home without point, so expect a tight-checking, hard fought battle.
The Avalanche won the first meeting between the two clubs back in October on the back of a tremendous 42-save effort from Philipp Grubauer.
Not only did the Avalanche beat the Buffalo Sabres Saturday afternoon, but they absolutely dominated them, outshooting their opponent 43-18. Buffalo is a bad team, but it was still a great sign in Colorado’s first game since their captain went down with an injury that will keep him out for the rest of the regular season.
It was the secondary guys that were able to pick up the slack with Landeskog out of the lineup. Tyson Jost, Derick Brassard and J.T. Compher led the way with 5 shots on net each.
Sheldon Dries was sent back to the AHL over the weekend so we are going to see both Gabriel Bourque and Sven Andrighetto on the fourth line again tonight.
Derick Brassard - Nathan MacKinnon - J.T. Compher
Colin Wilson - Carl Soderberg - Mikko Rantanen
Alexander Kerfoot - Tyson Jost - Matt Calvert
Sven Andrighetto - Andrew Agozzino - Gabriel Bourque
Samuel Girard - Erik Johnson
Ian Cole - Tyson Barrie
Nikita Zadorov - Patrik Nemeth
Really what do you need to know about this team other than the fact that they’re making hockey a hell of a lot of fun. The fact that it’s pissing off the old “hockey men” makes me hope Carolina makes it to the playoffs so they can show off their post-game celebrations on a national stage.
These “bunch of jerks” are making hockey fun!— Scott Abraham (@ScottABC7) March 2, 2019
Nino Niederreiter - Sebastian Aho - Justin Williams
Andrei Svechnikov - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn - Lucas Wallmark - Jordan Martinook
Warren Foegele - Greg McKegg - Saku Maenalanen
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brett Pesce - Justin Faulk
Calvin de Haan - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Philipp Grubauer was tremendous for the Avs in the team’s 3-1 victory over the Canes back in October. Now he’s coming off of a shutout against Buffalo on Saturday so it’s a no brainer that he will be in net tonight. Grubauer appears to be turning his season around after allowing only two goals total in his last three starts.
For Carolina, we are likely to see Petr Mrazek between the pipes. He is on a personal five-game winning streak including a win in Nashville Saturday night.