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Preview: Needing a bounce back in Ottawa

Colorado comes back to the ice less than 24 hours after playing in Montreal.

Colorado Avalanche v Ottawa Senators Photo by Chris Tanouye/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images

The Colorado Avalanche continue their long East Coast road trip with the second game of a back-to-back. Tonight, it’s a faceoff against the struggling Ottawa Senators in Canada’s capital.

Of course, these two teams love to play and score against one another. Since 2021, these two teams have combined for almost 50 goals scored in their matchups, including their last one in a wild 6-4 Avalanche win back at Ball Arena. Will we see something similar again?

Colorado Avalanche

Of course, the Avs come into this game after losing 4-3 to the Montreal Canadiens last night at the Bell Centre. It wasn’t a bad game by the Avalanche necessarily, but they couldn’t capitalize on chances and also got in their way.

However, something benefitting Colorado is their record on the second leg of back-to-back games. They’ve found success as of late and should be angry after losing last night’s matchup and take it into tonight’s game.

We could see the return of Miles Wood to the side after dealing with the flu. The same goes for Artturi Lehkonen, or even someone else from the Colorado Eagles being called up as well. Regardless, will Colorado rebound to head into the last two games of this road trip on the right foot?

Projected Lines

Jonathan Drouin (27) - Nathan MacKinnon (29) - Mikko Rantanen (96)
Miles Wood (28) - Ross Colton (20) - Logan O’Connor (25)
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) - Josh Manson (42)
Jack Johnson (3) - Sam Malinski (70)

Ottawa Senators

The Sens enter this game against the Avs after winning a wild one 5-4 against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. Ottawa just loves wild games, don’t they?

The Sens still are suffering at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with only 30 points. It is far from the competitive season they sought after when signing Vladimir Tarasenko and Joonas Korpisalo in the offseason.

Will those stars show up to get Ottawa their second straight win and seek revenge on the Avalanche? We’ll have to find out, and they have a good chance of doing so with a depleted, tired Avs team.

Projected Lines

Brady Tkachuk (7) - Ridley Greig (71) - Claude Giroux (28)
Vladimir Tarasenko (91) - Tim Stutzle (18) - Drake Batherson (19)
Dominik Kubalik (81) - Rourke Chartier (49) - Mathieu Joseph (21)
Parker Kelly (27) - Mark Kastelic (12) - Zack MacEwen (17)

Thomas Chabot (72) - Jakob Chychrun (6)
Jake Sanderson (85) - Artem Zub (2)
Erik Brannstrom (26) - Travis Hamonic (23)

Goaltenders

With Alexandar Georgiev playing last night in Montreal, having a subpar performance, and just playing a lot recently, we should see one of Ivan Prosvetov or Justus Annunen in net. For the Sens, we should see the aforementioned Korpisalo at the opposite end of the ice.