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Colorado Avalanche Game Day: Trying to tame the Coyotes

The Avalanche look to get back to their winning ways against the Arizona Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes v Colorado Avalanche - Game Five Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

The Avalanche: (9-6-1)
The Opponent: Arizona Coyotes (9-7-3)

Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. MT
Watch: ALT, ESPN+, FS-A
Listen: [Radio] Altitude 92.5, AM 950

After losing two in a row, the Colorado Avalanche look to get back in the win column as they head to Arizona for a back-to-back set with the Coyotes this weekend.

With their two games postponed earlier this month, the series this weekend will be the first of eight matchup between these two teams as both hope to fight their way up the West Division standings.

Colorado Avalanche

After splitting a four game series with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Avalanche put up a stinker this past Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild dropping a 6-2 decision in what was one of their worst games so far this season.

Brandon Saad missed Wednesday’s game to be with his wife while the couple welcomed their baby into the world. The team didn’t practice yesterday so there has been no official update on his status but according to Avs PR, Saad was expected to travel with the team and be available for the games this weekend.

Jacob MacDonald has been recalled on emergency loan while Kiefer Sherwood and Hunter Miska have been called up from the AHL to fill out the roster on the road trip.

This will also be the first game we will see some Avalanche fans in the stands all season. Arizona is one of the few teams allowing fans into arenas right now, and some Avs faithful have made trip Southwest to cheer on the team.

Projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Matt Calvert - Nazem Kadri - Joonas Donskoi
Andre Burakovsky - J.T. Compher - Val Nichushkin
Tyson Jost - P.E. Bellemare - Logan O’Connor

Brandon Saad?

Devon Toews - Cale Makar

Bo Byram - Samuel Girard
Ryan Graves - Conor Timmins

Phillip Grubauer
Hunter Miska

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes come off a resilient game against the Anaheim Ducks, coming back from 3-0 down with three goals in the third period, eventually winning 4-3 in the shootout. The Yotes have a lot of momentum on their side, winning their last two games. They will look to pounce on the current cold streak the Avalanche are on and win three straight in front of their fans in Arizona.

With a win tonight, Arizona would leapfrog the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues and be tied for first in the division with 23 points with the Vegas Golden Knights. There’s a lot at stake for the Coyotes tonight, looking to make their claim for a playoff spot come May.

Projected Lineup

Clayton Keller — Nick Schmaltz — Conor Garland

Lawson Crouse — Christian Dvorak — Tyler Pitlick

Drake Caggiula — Derick Brassard — Phil Kessel

Christian Fischer — Johan Larsson — John Hayden

Oliver Ekman-Larsson — Ilya Lyubushkin

Jakob Chychrun — Alex Goligoski

Jordan Oesterle — Niklas Hjalmarsson

Darcy Kuemper

Adin Hill

Starting Goaltenders

It is unknown as of yet whether Jared Bednar will rest Phillip Grubauer for Hunter Miska for the first of this two game back-to-back with the Coyotes. Whoever doesn’t get the start will likely get the start for tomorrow night’s matchup. The Coyotes look set to go with Darcy Kuemper in net after keeping his team in the game Wednesday night against the Ducks.

Tonight is a big win for the Avs looking to bounce back from two defeats in a row. Let’s give some Avs fans in the stands tonight something to cheer for. Let’s go Avs!

UPDATE: Hunter Miska will get the start tonight for the Avalanche against his old team