Former Denver Pioneers ahead Logan O’Connor will make his NHL debut with the Avalanche on Monday evening in opposition to the Los Angeles Kings.
“Most of his probabilities and scoring alternatives for himself and his linemates (with the Colorado Eagles) are created from his tenacity and his relentlessness on the puck,” Avs coach Jared Bednar mentioned after an non-obligatory morning skate Monday. “We want a little bit little bit of that in our lineup proper now.”
The 22-year-old, who forewent being captain for his senior yr at DU when he signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Colorado in July, is tied for second on the Eagles with 9 targets. He’ll play on Colorado’s fourth line with Sheldon Dries at heart and Gabriel Bourque on the left facet.
Bednar mentioned ahead Tyson Jost will begin the sport on the highest line with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, a glance that Bednar tried in Saturday’s 3-2 time beyond regulation loss to Chicago. The transfer, which included placing Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog on the second line with Alexander Kerfoot and J.T. Compher, was achieved with the intention of jump-starting the underside units of forwards.
“That was our greatest line via 30 minutes the opposite evening,” Bednar mentioned of the tier-two trio.
Ahead Matt Nieto will return to his spot on the checking line with Carl Soderberg and Matt Calvert. Semyon Varlamov will begin in internet for the second consecutive sport. Sven Andrighetto is the anticipated scratch.
Colorado has misplaced 4 video games in a row.
“We spent the final day-and-a-half mainly making an attempt to present our guys some readability and reinforce a few of our defensive programs so we don’t surrender as a lot,” Bednar mentioned. “We don’t wish to need to depend on our goalie like we did final sport with Varly.”
Los Angeles, which is enjoying its second sport of a three-in-four set, could have some assist as veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf is returning to the lineup. The 33-year-old missed the earlier six video games with an upper-body harm.