Since we last met the Colorado Avalanche…
IN: After going into a lottery-pick tailspin last season, shipping Craig Anderson off to the Senators, the Avalanche overhauled their goaltending in a big way. Semyon Varlamov, always excellent when healthy, has been solid in net so far; Jean-Sebastian Giguere is his backup. Jan Hejda and Shane O’Brien were added to the d-corps (and Kyle Quincey is healthy again—hi Q). Rookie sensation and prospective male model Gabriel Landeskog already has four goals. That’s so dreamy! Other additions: Chuck Kobasew, Joakim Lindstrom, Drew McIntyre.
OUT: Brian Elliott, Peter Budaj, Philippe Dupuis, Tomas "Low Altitude" Fleischmann, Adam Foote, John-Michael Liles
INJURED: Peter Mueller (concussion), Mark Olver (head), Brandon Yip (broken arm)
SCRATCHED: Kevin Porter, Matt Hunwick
Galiardi - Stastny - Hejduk
Lindstrom - Duchene - Jones
Landeskog - O'Reilly - Winnik
McCleod - McClement - Kobasew
Hejda - Johnson
Quincey - O'Brien
Wilson - O'Byrne
Further Reading: Mile High Hockey
Both coaches want to establish a strong forecheck, but the Avs assume the Kings will be too tired to put up a fight. We’ll see who delivers.
Now it's time to help Quick out.