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Open Thread: Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers (2:00 p.m.)

It’s a Colorado Avalanche gameday!

New York Islanders v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

Matinee Avalanche hockey on the first Saturday of 2024? What a treat.

The Colorado Avalanche are back in Ball Arena today for a Saturday matinee with the streaking Florida Panthers. Both clubs come into this contest playing their best hockey of the season, with both teams sporting seven wins in their last 10 games (FLA 7-3-0, COL 7-2-1). This could be a Stanley Cup Final preview between two currently compromised high-octane offensive clubs, so let’s see what we’re looking at for today’s matchup.

Colorado Avalanche Projected Lines

Jonathan Drouin (27) - Nathan MacKinnon (29) - Mikko Rantanen (96)
Miles Wood (28) - Ross Colton (20) - Valeri Nichushkin (13)
Andrew Cogliano (11) - Ryan Johansen (12) - Logan O’Connor (25)
Kurtis MacDermid (56) - Frederik Olofsson (22) - Joel Kiviranta (94)

Devon Toews (7) - Cale Makar (8)
Sam Girard (49) - Josh Manson (42)
Caleb Jones (82) - Jack Johnson (3)

Alexandar Georgiev (40)
Ivan Prosvetov (50)

Florida Panthers Projected Lines

Carter Verhaeghe (23) - Aleksander Barkov (16) - Sam Reinhart (13)
Eetu Luostarinen (27) - Sam Bennett (9) - Matthew Tkachuk (19)
Jonah Gadjovich (12) - Anton Lundell (15) - Ryan Lomberg (94)
Mackie Samoskevich (25) - Kevin Stenlund (82) - William Lockwood (67)

Gustav Forsling (42) - Aaron Ekblad (5)
Niko Mikkola (77) - Brandon Montour (62)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (91) - Dmitry Kulikov (7)

Sergei Bobrovsky (72)
Anthony Stolarz (41)

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