The Colorado Avalanche are coming off an impressive win on Tuesday night against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in overtime, 3-2. Tyson Barrie was the hero yet again as Matt Duchene fed the defenseman for the one-timer to send Colorado home with two points. Tonight, they are taking on the New Jersey Devils who just came off of a 4-1 victory to the Montreal Canadiens.
What: Game 47: New Jersey Devils vs. Colorado Avalanche
When: Thursday, January 16th
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Time: 9:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM MT
TV: Altitude Sports
The last time these two teams met was November 30th, 2011 and Semyon Varlamov would shut the door on New Jersey. Varlamov was 17-of-18 on save opportunities as the Avs came away with the win, 6-1. Ryan O’Reilly collected a goal and two assists pushing Colorado to victory. Semyon Varlamov will probably start tonight since Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been held out with back spasms, forcing Colorado to call up Sami Aittokallio from the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL). Paul Stastny, who is the team’s third leading scorer may be out another night due to a leg injury.
After the 3-2 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks. here is what head coach Patrick Roy had to say about the team via ESPN:
“I feel our team has been able to win key games. That’s positive to me,” first-year coach Patrick Roy said. “It shows the character of the team. It shows the leadership that we have. It shows that our guys care. It shows that our guys want to do well, and they want to get better, and they’re not satisfied.
Projected Starting Goaltenders:
New Jersey Devils: Martin Brodeur: 13-9-4, 2.33 GAA.
Colorado Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov: 22-8-5, 2.33 GAA.
Last Ten Games:
New Jersey Devils: 5-2-3
Colorado Avalanche: 6-2-2
New Jersey Devils: Jaromir Jagr, 38.
Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene, 40.
New Jersey Devils: Michael Ryder, 16.
Colorado Avalanche: Ryan O’Reilly, 17.
New Jersey Devils: Jaromir Jagr, 24.
Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene, 24.
Shots on Goal:
New Jersey Devils: Jaromir Jagr, 117.
Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene, 139.