After a brief skid featuring two overtime losses and one in regulation, Colorado returned home. It knocked off the Anaheim Ducks with a reconfigured lineup that sparked one of Nathan MacKinnon’s best games of the season. With the Winnipeg Jets in town riding a two-game win streak and a few healthy bodies back in the lineup, the Avalanche will look to improve on the energy from the Ducks game to ground the Jets.
The Avs have been consistently playing to the level of their opponents in recent weeks, which is ostensibly a good thing for tonight’s game since Winnipeg has been playing quite well. But several Avalanche players need to bring their best selves in the way Nate did against the Ducks to beat a much better team — just one line scoring all the goals won’t cut it against the deeper, more veteran Jets.
Cale Makar’s likely return from a 1.25-game injury absence should help, and Bowen Byram and Andrew Cogliano are also expected back. Valeri Nichushkin is expected to miss his second straight contest due to an illness, so the top line that worked so well against Anaheim will likely stay together in MacKinnon with Jonathan Drouin and Logan O’Connor.
Jonathan Drouin — Nathan MacKinnon — Logan O’Connor
Tomas Tatar — Ross Colton — Mikko Rantanen
Miles Wood — Ryan Johansen— Joel Kiviranta
Andrew Cogliano— Fredrik Olofsson
Cale Makar — Devon Toews
Bo Byram— Josh Manson
Jack Johnson — Sam Malinski
Winnipeg Jets Projected Lineup
Kyle Connor — Mark Scheifele — Nikolaj Ehlers
Cole Perfetti — Gabriel Vilardi — Alex Iafallo
Nino Niederreiter — Adam Lowry — Mason Appleton
Morgan Barron — David Gustafsson — Axel Jonsson-Fjallby
Josh Morrissey — Dylan DeMelo
Brenden Dillon — Neal Pionk
Dylan Samberg — Logan Stanley