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Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Looking to force a Game 7

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The Avalanche face elimination in Game 6 tonight

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

The Avalanche: (42-20-8) / (8-4-1)
The Opponent: Dallas Stars: (37-24-8) / (8-6-0)
Puck drop: 6:00 p.m. MT
Watch: NBCSN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, NHL.tv
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With their playoff lives on the line, the Colorado Avalanche were completely dominant in the first period of Game 5. After scoring five goals before they allowed five shots on net, the Avalanche were able to coast to a 6-3 victory despite missing both of their goalies due to injury.

Just before game time, we were all met with the surprise that Michael Hutchinson would be getting the start for the Avs - his first NHL playoff start. Pavel Francouz was ruled “unfit to play” so Hunter Miska got the backup assignment. The Avalanche forward came out as if they knew they didn’t want the game to come down to goaltending.

The Avs are going to need to have a similarly impressive start tonight in order to put the elimination nerves to bed.

Game 5 got really chippy by the end. If nothing else, we should expect tonight’s to be a very physical and intense game.

Colorado Avalanche

Like with Game 5, Coach Bednar is not tipping his hand when it comes to the lineup but he continues to maintain that the injured players are not expected back any time soon - that includes in net.

Projected Lines

Forwards

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

Defence

Ryan Graves - Cale Makar

Samuel Girard - Ian Cole

Kevin Connauton - Nikita Zadorov

Goaltending

Michael Hutchinson

Hunter Miska

Dallas Stars

Ben Bishop got the start in net for Game 5 and it was a disaster. He didn’t make it through the first period so we should expect the Stars to go back to Anton Khudobin tonight.

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

Ben Bishop