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Colorado Avalanche Gameday: A duel with the Kings

A big game on tap as the Avalanche look to get back on track.

NHL Stadium Series Avalanche vs Kings Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A return to the friendly confines of Ball Arena is much needed for the Colorado Avalanche who looked a bit lethargic after same-day travel to the desert in a loss to the Arizona Coyotes. On deck are the LA Kings who have been enjoying a successful season thus far as they sit second in the Pacific Division. This is the first time in a while the Kings enter this matchup as the team with the better record and will be a tough opponent to defeat.

Colorado Avalanche

This lineup is still a shell of what it should be on paper but there is hope on the horizon with at least Nathan MacKinnon looking to return within the next handful of games. As for the rest, it’s the same story of wait and see. We did our best to handicap their timelines given Jared Bednar’s comments but much of it is still unknown.

The group taking the ice tonight should be the exact same as what showed up in Arizona. One caveat remains, however. Erik Johnson took a shot off his hand and left the morning skate early. Bednar had no update so Johnson’s availability is up in the air for now. Watch for an AHL callup if the Avalanche need an extra body for tonight.

Projected Lineup

Artturi Lehkonen (62) - J.T. Compher (37) - Mikko Rantanen (96)

Alex Newhook (18) - Evan Rodrigues (9) - Denis Malgin (81)

Andrew Cogliano (11) - Ben Meyers (59) - Logan O’Connor (25)

Kurtis MacDermid (56) - Charles Hudon (54) - Jacob MacDonald (26)

Cale Makar (8) - Devon Toews (7)

Sam Girard (49) - Erik Johnson (6) ?

Andreas Englund (88) - Brad Hunt (17)

Alexandar Georgiev (40)

LA Kings

Coming off of a big 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights the Kings have some good momentum going and are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. Now exiting a brief rebuild the team boasts a good mix of still useful veterans such as Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar as well as their young core which has taken a step forward. Gabe Vilardi is an example of the latter as he leads the team with 15 goals.

Projected Lineup

Fiala – Kopitar – Kempe

Iafallo – Danault – Arvidsson

Anderson-Dolan – Lizotte – Vilardi

Lemieux – Byfield – Kupari

Anderson – Doughty

Durzi – Roy

Edler – Walker