Colorado Avalanche Gameday: A storm is coming with the Carolina Hurricanes

Saturday night hockey is back at Ball Arena. For the first time this season, the Colorado Avalanche will play host to a wild Saturday crowd pitted against a good opponent in the Carolina Hurricanes.

Although things are very different now than they will be in the future, this is a possible Stanley Cup Finals matchup. Should these two meet in June, as some have predicted this year and in previous years, it’s bound to be a good one.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avs are currently on a three-game winning streak. Most recently, in that three-game home game, they beat the Nashville Predators 5-3. A dominant second third and a tight defense in the third third were enough for the two points.

While they’re starting well over 500, Colorado still has a lot of work to do. That includes the constantly mentioned injuries the team is dealing with, missing six names that would regularly make the lineup, including Shane Bowers, who was injured with a UBI in his NHL debut.

With Bowers unable to leave, Jayson Megna is back with the avs and will take the fourth row center seat. Though he won’t get as much Ice Age as others, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen are hoping to continue their dominance at the top.

This will be a big test for the Avs early in the season as they look to progress despite the losses. They haven’t faced an exceptional team yet and this is the first time they’ve seen them do against a good team.

Planned lineup

Artturi Lehkonen (62) – Nathan MacKinnon (29) – Mikko Rantanen (96)
Evan Rodrigues (9) – Alex Newhook (18) – Martin Kaut (61)
Andrew Cogliano (11) – JT Compher (37) – Logan O’Connor (25)
Dryden Hunt (22) – Jayson Megna (12) – Sampo Ranta (75)

Devon Toews (7) – Cale Makar (8)
Jacob MacDonald (26) – Josh Manson (42)
Kurtis MacDermid (56) – Erik Johnson (6)

Carolina hurricanes

The Canes continue to roll in the Eastern Conference with a solid 9-4-1 start, good for their previous second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division. That included a dominant 7-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at home on Thursday night.

Saturday night marks the start of a two-game road trip for the Canes, who will want the New Jersey Devils ahead thanks to their great start to the year. They will look to their previous leaders Martin Necas, who has scored seven goals and provided 12 assists in 14 games.

In front of him in the first row is Andrei Svechnikov, who leads the team with 11 goals in 14 games. The two will look to lead the line and continue their good start to the season and put in a good test on the injury-plagued Avs.

Projected Lines

Andrei Svechnikov (37) – Sebastian Aho (20) – Teuvo Teravinen (86)
Seth Jarvis (24) Jesperi Kotkanemi (82) Martin Necas (88)
Jordan Martinook (48) – Jordan Staal (11) – Jesper Fast (71)
Paul Stastny (26) – Jack Drury (18) – Stefan Noesen (23)

Jacob Slavin (74) – Brent Burns (8)
Brady Skjei (76) – Brett Pesce (22)
Calvin de Haan (44) – Jalen Chatfield (5)

goalkeeper

It should be Alexandar Georgiev for the Avs, looking to build on his 7-1 start to the year. However, Carolina’s number one, Frederik Andersen, is in IR due to an unknown injury. With Pyotr Kochetkov playing on Thursday night, it will likely be the usual reinforcements from Antti Raanta who gets the nod at the net.

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