Tonight's game features two of the 8 remaining teams left in the NHL that don't have a loss on the early days of the 2016-17 campaign. Colorado (1-0) only has played one game, a 6-5 winner at home against Dallas, and the first NHL game for head coach Jared Bednar. Joe Colborne (he of just 38 goals in 232 career games coming into the night) recorded a hat trick and 10 other Avs players picked up at least a point as well.
Pittsburgh (2-0) is coming off a 3-2 win over Anaheim at home on Saturday as well. Marc-Andre Fleury , has been stellar in the early two games and is expected to start tonight. (Who plays tomorrow night in Montreal remains officially undecided).
Expected Colorado lines:
Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Jarome Iginla
Mikhail Grigorenko - Carl Soderberg - Matt Duchene
Gabriel Bourque - Joe Colborne - Rene Bourque
Andreas Martinsen - Ben Smith - Blake Comeau
Francois Beauchemin / Tyson Barrie
Patrick Wiercoch / Fedor Tyutin
Nikita Zadorov / Erik Johnson
Somewhat surprisingly, backup Calvin Pickard will play tonight and not Semyon Varlamov. Pickard has played one game in his career against the Penguins, and it was a good one too - he stopped 47 of 48 shots way back on December 18, 2014 in an overtime loss for the Avs. Ironically, that game's only goal was scored by Comeau for the Penguins. Colorado would go on to sign him the following summer.
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