NHL Preview – Game 25: Montreal Canadiens vs. Colorado Avalanche


Nov 2, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) prepares to shoot and score in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche are playing some good hockey of late, winning five out of their last seven. Their last win was impressive, defeating the Dallas Stars at home by the final of 5-2. Tonight the Avalanche will host a former teammate P.A. Parenteau and his Montreal Canadiens at the Pepsi Center.

What: NHL Preview – Game 25: Montreal Canadiens (16-7-2, 34 points) vs. Colorado Avalanche (9-10-5, 23 points)
When: Monday, December 1st
Where: Pepsi Center (Denver, Colorado)
Time: 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST
TV: Altitude Sports

Colorado scored three unanswered goals en route to their ninth victory of the season last Saturday night against the Dallas Stars. Forward Alex Tanguay collected first-star honors as the crafty veteran recorded a goal in the second period, along with two third-period assists to jump-start the Avs’ offense.

Calvin Pickard has been a stud in net and last game was no different. Pickard faced 24 shots, stopping 22 of them as he picked up his third victory of the season. In six games this season, Pickard is 3-3-0, with a 2.20 goals against average and a save percentage of .931.

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The Avalanche will see a shuffled lineup yet again as players sit out with injury. Michael Sgarbossa and Colin Smith will be in for John Mitchell and Marc-Andre Cliche; two players who were recently recalled from Lake Erie. Below are what the projected lines are to look like:

Line 1: Alex Tanguay – Matt DucheneRyan O’Reilly
Line 2: Gabriel LandeskogNathan MacKinnonJarome Iginla
Line 3: Maxime Talbot – Michael Sgarbossa – Daniel Briere
Line 4: Cody McLeod – Colin Smith – Tomas Vincour

Colorado will be taking on a Montreal team that is currently tied for first-place out East. Montreal is coming off a heartbreaking shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night,  falling 4-3. Max Pacioretty earned second-star honors for his go-ahead goal in the third period, which was erased by a Brian Flynn goal to send it into overtime.

Puck-drop between the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche is scheduled for 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST.