Avalanche look to take three in a row against the Vegas Golden Knights
The Avalanche: (9-4-1)
The Opponent: Vegas Golden Knights (10-4-1)
Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. MT
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The Avalanche will finish their 4 game series versus the Vegas Golden Knights back in Denver after stealing the show in Lake Tahoe on Saturday. Coming off back to back victories against the Golden Knights, this final game will have big implications in the standings as these two teams continue to battle for the top spots in the Honda West division.
It was great to see the Avs finally get a win in an outdoor game that was delayed for nearly 7 hours on Saturday. The team is finally getting most everyone back into the lineup after a COVID break that allowed some important depth players and top end players time to heal up.
Samuel Girard, Tyson Jost and Gabriel Landeskog also came back from COVID protocol, & Girard made his presence felt scoring the first goal of the outdoor game only three mintues in. Back in Denver for Monday’s finale, second place in the division can temporarily be split between these two squads with a win for the Avalanche.
Gabriel Landeskog – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Andre Burakovsky – Nazem Kadri – Brandon Saad
Valeri Nichuskin – J.T. Compher – Joonas Donskoi
Tyson Jost – P.E. Bellemare – Matt Calvert
Samuel Girard – Devon Toews
Ryan Graves – Cale Makar
Connor Timmins – Bowen Byram
Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights played well in the outdoor game but still couldn’t find the back of the net in time to avoid dropping their second game in a row. The talent is not lacking on this squad, and the goaltending can always steal a win for VGK. Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty lead the team in points while Shea Theodore’s return to the ice will help their D core for tonight’s game.
It is unclear if Marc Andre Fleury will tend the twine tonight or if Robin Lehner will return after missing the last 6 games due to an upper body injury.
Max Pacioretty – Chandler Stephenson – Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith
Keegan Kolesar – Cody Glass – Alex Tuch
William Carrier – Nicolas Roy – Ryan Reaves
Alec Martinez – Alex Pietrangelo
Nic Hague – Zach Whitecloud
Nick Holden – Shea Theodore
Marc Andre Fleury