The last time the Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks met, it didn’t go very well for the young team from Southern California. Since that 8-2 loss, they’ve been stuck in a rut, having lost eight consecutive games.
On Saturday night, the Ducks will look to change their fortune, as this time, they host the Avalanche at the Honda Center.
For the Avalanche, it’s expected to be the exact same lineup that they dressed on Thursday night against the Coyotes. Sam Malinski is up with the team as an extra, but barring an injury, don’t expect him to enter the lineup.
The one change that will occur is in net, as Ivan Prosvetov will get the start. The Avalanche fly to Los Angeles to play the Kings on Sunday, and the Kings are one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference, so it makes sense that Colorado would hold Alexandar Georgiev out for that game.
The Ducks will start John Gibson in net against the Avalanche. With the start, he will pass former Avalanche goalie J.S. Giguere for the most games played by a goaltender in Ducks history.
Anaheim is still without Trevor Zegras, but he hasn’t exactly had a strong season to begin with. They’re led offensively by Frank Vatrano and Mason McTavish. The last time these two teams played, the Avalanche essentially had a spy on Vatrano on the powerplay. Look for that again on Saturday night.
Heads up for anyone that can legally watch this game, as it will be broadcast on Altitude 2 as opposed to the standard Altitude channel.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Valeri Nichushkin – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Tomas Tatar – Ryan Johansen – Jonathan Drouin
Miles Wood – Ross Colton – Logan O’Connor
Andrew Cogliano – Fredrik Olofsson – Joel Kiviranta
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Bowen Byram – Josh Manson
Jack Johnson – Caleb Jones
Expected Anaheim Ducks Lineup
Vatrano – McTavish – Strome
Killorn – Carlsson – Terry
Jones – Henrique – Silfverberg
McGinn – Carrick – Leason
Fowler – Luneau
Lacombe – Gudas
Mintyukov – Lyubushkin
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 21.3%, 12th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 87.2%, 5th in NHL
Anaheim Ducks Power Play: 20%, 16th in NHL
Anaheim Ducks Penalty Kill: 78.8%, 19th in NHL
How to Watch
TV: Altitude TV 2, ESPN+
Radio: 950 AM
Game Time: 8:00 PM MST