The Eastern Conference road trip continues for the Colorado Avalanche tonight as they head to Ottawa to take on the Senators. After dropping the first game of the trip, the Avs put up a dominating performance against Buffalo Tuesday night. It was the exact game they needed to get back in the swing of things after a poor outing coming out of the All Star break.
The Senators have been really bad this year and as a result, their “fans” have been staying home. Ottawa has by far the worst attendance in the league so tonight’s game could be a quiet one in Canada’s capital.
Plenty of tickets still available:
On Tuesday night, it was the second line that broke out in a huge way. Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky and Val Nichushkin combined for 11 points as they absolutely dominated the Sabres. The team played well as a whole, but that line was the driving force and if they can relieve some pressure from the big-3, the Avalanche are going to be a very tough team to match up against in the playoffs.
Mark Barberio was sent down to the AHL for a conditioning stint yesterday while Calle Rosen is set to join the team in Ottawa. He is not expected to play tonight but he could draw into the lineup before the end of the trip.
Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Valeri Nichushkin - Nazem Kadri - Andre Burakovsky
Matt Calvert - Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare - J.T. Compher
Joonas Donskoi - Tyson Jost - Matt Nieto
Ryan Graves - Cale Makar
Samuel Girard - Erik Johnson
Ian Cole - Nikita Zadorov
The Senators are in the middle of a full blown re-build and the team has been performing as such. They’re one of the worst teams in the league but there is reason for some optimism ans Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk are two incredibly talented young players. Add to that the fact that Ottawa has five picks in the first two rounds of this year’s draft and it’s easy to see a pathway to success in the near future.
The Sens have lost three games in a row and at this point they’re playing as little more than a showcase for the trade deadline.
Brady Tkachuk - J-G Pageau - Connor Brown
Vlad Namestnikov - Chris Tierney - Anthony Duclair
Tyler Ennis - Artem Anisimov - Drake Batherson
Filip Chlapik - Colin White - Scott Sabourin
Thomas Chabot - Ron Hainey
Mark Borowiecki - Dylan Demelo
Mike Reilly - Nikita Zaitsev