Energy play. The Avalanche is 0-of-Eight with the man-advantage within the collection and the Flames 3-for-10. Colorado obtained a shorthanded objective from Matt Nieto in Sport 2 however has in any other case been outplayed on particular groups. The Avs usually have extra success on the facility play at residence and can want simply that to win Sport Three and construct confidence for the remainder of the collection.
Twins 20s. The Avalanche could swap one 20-year-old defenseman (second-year Sam Girard) for an additional (rookie Cale Makar) within the well timed NHL debut of its 2017 first-round draft decide from the UMass. The unique plan was to have each Girard and Makar within the lineup, however Girard skated off late in Sport 2 with an obvious shoulder harm. If Girard is cleared to play, Colorado would possibly go along with an additional defenseman and one much less ahead to ease Makar into the NHL.
Clear up Smith early. Scoring first is significant to most groups and Colorado is not any totally different. However the Avs and goalie Philipp Grubauer appear to play a lot better along with a lead — significantly in the event that they rating first early. Taking a 1-Zero lead in Sport 2 on Flames goalie Mike Smith was an enormous success as a result of Smith was maybe within the Avs’ heads after Sport 1’s 26-save shutout. Additionally, goal excessive in chaotic conditions in entrance of Smith, who appears extra more likely to put his 6-foot-5 body sideways than keep within the butterfly place.