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Open Thread: Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights (8 p.m.)

It’s a Colorado Avalanche gameday!

Colorado Avalanche v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images

Coming off perhaps their best game of the season, the Colorado Avalanche will look to keep things rolling against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights.

Last game out versus the Bruins was a raucous game for the Avs. With seemingly half of Boston buying tickets to the game, the Ball Arena atmosphere was the rowdiest it had been all season and the game on the ice matched it. Both teams played about as well as they could have expected, and a game where the margins were razor-thin was decided in the last round of the shootout.

If the Avs put forth that kind of effort every night, they should win the division and possibly the West (although the litany of cupcakes in the basement of the Pacific will make that difficult for any team from the much deeper Central). It will take that kind of hard-nosed defensively responsible game for the Avalanche to beat Vegas, who have cooled off quite a bit since their torrid start.

Colorado Projected Lineup

Jonathan Drouin (27) - Nathan MacKinnon (29) - Mikko Rantanen (96)

Logan O’Connor (25) - Ross Colton (20) - Valeri Nichushkin (13)

Andrew Cogliano (11) - Ryan Johansen (12) - Joel Kiviranta (94)

Kurtis MacDermid (56) - Frederik Olofsson (22) - Jason Polin (41)

Devon Toews (7) - Cale Makar (8)

Sam Girard (49) - Jack Johnson (3)

Sam Malinski (70) - Caleb Jones (82)

Vegas Projected Lineup

Ivan Barbashev (49) — Jack Eichel (9) — Jonathan Marchessault (81)

Pavel Dorofeyev (16) — Chandler Stephenson (20) — Mark Stone (61)

Brett Howden (21) — Nicolas Roy (10) — Keegan Kolesar (55)

Paul Cotter (43) — Michael Amadio (22) — Giorgi Denisenko (54)

Alec Martinez (23) — Alex Pietrangelo (7)

Brayden McNabb (3) — Lukas Cormier (40)

Nicolas Hague (14) — Zach Whitecloud (2)

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