The Avalanche are facing playoff elimination for the first time in four years. I don’t have the same feeling of impending doom that I had going into game 7 vs Minnesota and this season feels more like a beginning rather than a conclusion. I like this team a lot and their outward attitude is fantastic, even better that attitude shows up on the ice more often than not. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they defied the odds and extended the series.
Those odds are fantastically against playing beyond tonight. That’s not a negative, it’s a function of where Colorado is as a team and an organization right now compared to Nashville.
The last road playoff win for the Avs came more than 8 years ago against San Jose. Two players, Adam Foote and Milan Hejduk, now have banners in the Pepsi Center rafters and the man that scored the opening goal is now an analyst for Altitude. The last remaining Avs player from that team was traded to Ottawa in November for tonight’s starting goalie, among other things. Fast forward 4 years from that and the only two guys from that last elimination game who will suit up tonight for the Avs are Gabe Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon. Routine NHL turnover and a commitment to getting younger and faster has finally given us an Avalanche reborn that can compete regardless of the circumstances.
As far as tonight’s game goes, the Preds happily engage with no major injuries and only missing Ryan Hartman due to suspension. They are at home with their catfish and college cheers and aiming to clinch a date with the winner of the Minnesota/Winnipeg series. The pressure is all on them and at various times over the past week they’ve shown that they don’t handle it as well as they could.
The Avs are beat up but resilient. Starting goalie Semyon Varlamov has been out for weeks and other starting goalie Jon Bernier joined him after the second period on Wednesday. Top defenseman Erik Johnson has also been out for weeks and Sam Girard was lost after game 1. Girard is a game-time decision perhaps but safe to say it’s unlikely he suits up. Those are just the injuries the Avs are confessing to, there are more for sure.
The Avs 3rd goalie, Andrew Hammond, will be the starter and young Spencer Martin will be the backup. Between them they have 1 game played in the NHL this season. No problem.
Game time is 9:30pm ET/7:30pm in the mountains and will be shown on NBCSN and Altitude.
Landeskog – MacKinnon – Rantanen
Nieto – Soderberg – Comeau
Andrighetto – Kerfoot – Jost
Wilson – Compher – Bourque
Zadorov – Barrie
Nemeth – Barberio
Warsofsky – Siemens
Scratch: Alt, Lindholm, Toninato, Kamenev, Yakupov
Injured: Varlamov (LBI), Bernier (LBI), Johnson (LBI), Girard (UBI)
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If the Avs force a game 6 it will be at the Pepsi Center, time to be announced.
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1. Predict the player that will get the Game Winning Goal (Worth 2 points)
2. Give an answer for each bonus question (Worth 1 point)
3. Any submissions given after puck drop will not be counted.
4. Any edited submissions will become disqualified.
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