Avs Shuffle Lineup


Nov 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy calls out from his bench in the first period against the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

In wake of a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night, Patrick Roy has shuffled the lineup yet again. Here’s what it will look like against the Minnesota Wild Friday night according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post:

Line 1: LW Cody McLeod, C Matt Duchene, RW Ryan O’Reilly

Line 2: LW Gabriel Landeskog, C Nathan MacKinnon, RW P.A. Parenteau

Line 3: LW Patrick Bordeleau, C John Mitchell, RW Max Talbot

Line 4: LW Jamie McGinn, C Brad Malone, RW Marc Andre Cliche

Defensive Pairings:

Erik Johnson and Jan Hejda

Tyson Barrie and Nate Guenin

Andre Benoit and Cory Sarich.

John-Sebastien Giguere will get the start in net Friday against Minnesota.

The Colorado Avalanche sit at (17-6-0) with 34 points in 23 games, while the Minnesota Wild are (15-7-4) with 34 points in 26 games.

More on why Jamie McGinn was moved to the fourth line:

"Roy wants to reward McLeod and Bordeleau — who both began the season as fourth-liners — and give Jamie McGinn a kick in the rear. Roy is not happy with McGinn, who has four goals and eight points in 20 games."

Also, Avalanche center Paul Stastny was scratched against the Blues due to back spasms:

"Center Paul Stastny (back spasms) did not practice and will not travel with the team to Minnesota, where the Avs play the Wild in St. Paul on Friday afternoon. Colorado coach Patrick Roy said Stastny is “50-50” on returning to the lineup against the Wild on Saturday in Denver."