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Open Thread: Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks (6:30 p.m.)

It’s a Colorado Avalanche game day!

Colorado Avalanche v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

After cruising to victory on the back of a three goal first period against San Jose, the Colorado Avalanche head to Chicago to take on another league bottom-feeder. Unlike the Sharks, however, Chicago has high end talent in Conor Bedard that could give the Avs depleted D-corps some headaches.

Colorado Avalanche

The Sharks win was all Nathan MacKinnon, as the NHL’s first star of last week put up two goals and two assists to jump into second place in league scoring behind only Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov. MacKinnon has been carrying the team for weeks now, powering through injuries and slumps throughout the lineup to keep the team competitive essentially on his own.

For as many balls remain in the air for this team, they’re still a dominant force when their stars are producing - and Chicago doesn’t defend or goaltend well enough to keep Nate and Mikko Rantanen off the scoresheet.

Projected Lines

Valeri Nichushkin (13) - Nathan MacKinnon (29) - Mikko Rantanen (96)
Miles Wood (28) - Ross Colton (20) - Johnathan Drouin (27)
Ben Meyers (59) - Ryan Johansen (12) - Logan O’Connor (25)
Kurtis MacDermid (56) - Frederik Olofsson (22) - Joel Kiviranta (94)

Devon Toews (7) -Josh Manson (42)
Bowen Byram (4) - Sam Malinski (70)
Jack Johnson (3) - Caleb Jones (82)

Alexandar Georgiev (40)

NOTE: Both Cale Makar and Andrew Cogliano did NOT travel to Chicago and will not play tonight as both deal with injuries.

Chicago Blackhawks Projected Lines

Lukas Reichel (27) - Connor Bedard (98) - Philipp Kurashev (23)
Anthony Beauvillier (91) - Tyler Johnson (90) - Taylor Raddysh (11)
Nick Foligno (17) - Jason Dickinson (16) - Colin Blackwell (43)
Ryan Donato (8) - MacKenzie Entwistle (58) - Reese Johnson (52)

Isaak Phillips (41) - Connor Murphy (5)
Wyatt Kaiser (44) - Louis Crevier (46)
Filip Roos (48) - Nikita Zaitsev (22)

Petr Mrazek (34)

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