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Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Tonight is a must win

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Avalanche looking to get back in a series with a win against the Dallas stars

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche Gerry Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Avalanche: (42-20-8) / (6-3-1)
The Opponent: Dallas Stars: (37-24-8) / (7-4-0)
Puck drop: 8:30 p.m. MT
Watch: NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NHL.tv
Listen: Altitude 92.5, AM 950

Tonight’s will undoubtedly be the biggest game of the season thus far for the Colorado Avalanche. Trailing their second round series 2-0, the Avs face a must-win scenario in Game 3.

After a bit of a lackluster effort in the series opener, the Avalanche were the better team through most of Game 2, unfortunately, Anton Khudobin did his best Darcy Kuemper impression and stole the game for the Stars.

Nathan MacKinnon has been the best player on either team through the first two games of the series. Unfortunately, Colorado’s top line has been forced to do all the heavy lifting as the rest of the team hasn’t looked nearly as good as they did against Arizona. If the Avalanche want to win Game 3, they are going to need some scoring from anyone other than the Big-3.

Colorado Avalanche

On Tuesday afternoon, coach Jared Bednar mentioned that part of him wants to see what the youngsters - Conor Timmins, Bo Byram and Shane Bowers - can do in the playoffs, but that he is going to stick with the veterans for Game 3.

Based on how they played the first half of the game, the coach thinks the vets deserve a chance to turn this series around.

Matt Calvert and Erik Johnson are still listed as day-to-day.

Projected Lines

Forwards

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen

Andre Burakovsky - Nazem Kadri - Joonas Donskoi

Tyson Jost - JT Compher - Valeri Nichushkin

Matt Nieto - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Vladislav Namestnikov

Defence

Ryan Graves - Cale Makar

Samuel Girard - Ian Cole

Kevin Connauton - Nikita Zadorov

Goaltending

Pavel Francouz

Michael Hutchinson

Dallas Stars

Anton Khudobin held the Stars in Game 2 long enough for his team to find their footing. After falling behind early, Dallas was able to capitalize on two power plays that turned the tide and led to five unanswered goals.

Projected Lines from Last Game

Forwards

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark - Joe Pavelski - Denis Gurianov

Andrew Cogliano - Radek Faksa - Blake Comeau

Roope Hintz - Jason Dickinson - Corey Perry

Defence

Esa Lindell - John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak - Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera - Taylor Fedun

Goaltending

Anton Khudobin