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Open Thread: Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (5:00 p.m.)

It’s a Colorado Avalanche gameday!

Colorado Avalanche v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images

The Colorado Avalanche start a five-game road trip out East, the first of two in a matter of weeks. Saturday night, the puck drops against the Toronto Maple Leafs with what should be an epic showdown.

Despite nearly being delayed, the trip will look to start fast and on the right foot for Colorado. In a stretch of tough games, this is just yet another test to see how the Avs will fare in the second half of this season.

Colorado Avalanche Projected Lines

Jonathan Drouin (27) - Nathan MacKinnon (29) - Mikko Rantanen (96)
Valeri Nichushkin (13) - Ross Colton (20) - Logan O’Connor (25)
Andrew Cogliano (11) - Ryan Johansen (12) - Joel Kiviranta (94)
Kurtis MacDermid (56) - Fredrik Olofsson (22) - Jason Polin (41)

Devon Toews (7) - Cale Makar (8)
Sam Girard (49) - Josh Manson (42)

Jack Johnson (3) Sam Malinski (70)

Note: If Valeri Nichushkin can’t go, expect Ben Meyers to slot into the team with someone from the bottom six moving up to play on the second line. This would end his waiver exemption by playing in his 60th career game.

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines

Matthew Knies (23) - Auston Matthews (34) - Mitch Marner (16)
Tyler Bertuzzi (59) - John Tavares (91) - William Nylander (88)
Pontus Holmberg (29) - Max Domi (11) - Calle Jarnkrok (19)
Bobby McMann (74) - David Kampf (64) - Noah Gregor (18)

Morgan Reilly (44) - T.J. Brodie (78)
Simon Benoit (2) - Jake McCabe (22)
Mark Giordano (55) - Timothy Liljergen (37)

Martin Jones (31)

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