The Avalanche are playing a home game for the first time since January sixth after ending the bye week with a trip to Dallas, where they defeated the Stars 4-1 and shortened their gap between themselves and the 2nd wild card Stars to just two points. Home is a good place for the Avs as they have a 15-7-1 home record.
The Avalanche are on a six game winning streak going back to December 29th overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Five of those wins were on home ice, so getting back to the Pepsi Centre should be a good move to keep the streak alive.
Projected line up
Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan Mackinnon- Mikko Rantanen
A.J. Greer - Alexander Kerfoot - Nail Yakupov
Matthew Nieto - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau
Colin Wilson - Tyson Jost - Gabriel Bourque
Nikita Zadorov - Erik Johnson
Patrik Nemeth - Mark Barberio
Samuel Girard - Anton Lindholm
The Ducks just picked up former Lightning 13th forward JT Brown and he could make his debut tonight. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle was quoted saying that “We didn’t pick him up to bench him”, so they must like something Brown brings to their line up. The Ducks are tied with the Avalanche at 49 points so this game has big implications to the Avs playoff chase. The Ducks beat the Kings on Saturday, and are 3-1-0-1 in their past five, losing to the Oilers in a shootout and the Flames in regulation. The Ducks are average on the road, with a 10-7-6 record.
Projected line up
Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie - Adam Henrique - Ondrej Kase
Chris Wagner - Antoine Vermette - Jared Boll
Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa
Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson
Francois Beauchemin - Brandon Montour
Jonathan Bernier will most likely start today for the Avlanche. He’s doing well as the starter while Varlamov is injured.
The Ducks should be starting John Gibson in net.
How to Watch/Listen
As always, the game can be seen on Altitude Sports and Altitude Sports Radio 905AM at 1pm MST in Colorado. You can stream it at NHL.tv as well.