Projecting Colorado Avalanche Line Pairings for Season Opener vs. Minnesota Wild


Apr 28, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden (2) scores a goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche made four cuts Monday to get ready for the season opener Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild. The players the Avs’ cut were Andrew Agozzino, Bornoa Rendulic, Ben Street and Tomas Vincour. Reports say Agozzino and Rendulic were sent to Lake Erie while Street and Vincour were tagged with the “non-roster, injured” — meaning once they’re healthy they will likely go to Erie.

The roster currently sits at 25, including players such as Patrick Bordeleau, Jesse Winchester and John Mitchell whom are all dealing with injuries. Jamie McGinn was dealing with an injury as well, but good news is that he was practicing Monday morning.

Colorado flashed a couple of line pairings Monday morning in their skate; they go as followed.

  • Offensive Pairings:

Line 1: Gabriel Landeskog , Ryan O’ReillyNathan MacKinnon

Line 2: Alex Tanguay, Matt Duchene, Jarome Iginla

Line 3: Jamie McGinn, Daniel Briere, Maxime Talbot

Line 4: Cody McLeod, Marc-andre Cliche, Dennis Everberg

  • Defensive Pairings:

Line 1: Jan HejdaErik Johnson

Line 2: Brad StuartTyson Barrie

Line 3: Zac Redmond/Nate GueninNick Holden

Now, these are just projected, as we saw Ryan O’Reilly paired with Matt Duchene for most of last season — so they are not set.

The Colorado Avalanche open up the regular season on the road Thursday night, taking on the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:30 PM EST, 6:30 PM MST and will be aired on NBCSN.