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Game 2 Open Thread: Avalanche vs. Oilers (6:00 p.m.)

It’s a Colorado Avalanche playoff gameday!

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Tonight the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers play Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Ball Arena in Denver, CO. Colorado took the victory in a high-scoring Game 1, but it didn’t come easy. The Avalanche were able to ice the game on an empty netter from Gabriel Landeskog but gave up three unanswered beforehand. Colorado’s lead was cut from four to three in a matter of minutes.

The Oilers echoed confidence in their postgame interview despite losing game one. Colorado will likely be without their starting net-minder Darcy Kuemper who pulled himself in game one due to undisclosed circumstances. That means it’s Pavel Francouz’s net for the evening.

Projected Lineup:

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Valeri Nichushkin
Artturi Lehknonen — Nazem Kadri — Mikko Rantanen
Alex Newhook — JT Compher — Andre Burakovsky
Andrew Cogliano — Darren Helm — Logan O’Connor

Devon Toews — Cale Makar
Jack Johnson — Josh Manson
Bowen Byram — Erik Johnson

Note: Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar mentioned “not being scared to make lineup adjustments” on Altitude Radio earlier in the week. That could mean getting Nicolas Aube-Kubel back in the lineup, or the first playoff appearance for defenseman Ryan Murray.

Let us know how it’s going in the comments!

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