The task at hand for the Colorado Avalanche tonight is very simple - win or go home. After dropping Game 5 last night, the Avs now face elimination as they trail the Dallas Stars 3-1 in their best of seven series.
After going more than 18 minutes without a shot at the start of Game 4, the Avs found some life in the second and third periods. Unfortunately, it was not enough to overcome the 3-0 hole they found themselves in.
The team will need to play a complete 60 minutes tonight if they hope to force a Game 6 on Wednesday.
The coaching staff won’t talk about any lineup changes before the game but it’s safe to assume that he’s going to ride with the guys who got them there - live and die with the lineup they’ve been playing.
Unfortunately, Coach Bednar said after last night’s game that the injured players won’t be around for Game 5:
“They’re not ready. They’re not an option for us. We’re not going to play injured players who can’t play.”
Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Andre Burakovsky - Nazem Kadri - Valeri Nichushkin
Tyson Jost - JT Compher - Vladislav Namestnikov
Matt Nieto - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Logan O’Connor
Ryan Graves - Cale Makar
Samuel Girard - Ian Cole
Kevin Connauton - Nikita Zadorov
For those who think athletes and sports reporters should “stick to sports”, Sean Shapiro who covers the Stars for The Athletic wrote a note to address how most in the industry feel about it:
Projected Lines from Last Game
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Alexander Radulov
Mattias Janmark - Joe Pavelski - Denis Gurianov
Andrew Cogliano - Radek Faksa - Blake Comeau
Roope Hintz - Jason Dickinson - Corey Perry
Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak - Miro Heiskanen
Andrej Sekera - Taylor Fedun