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Colorado Avalanche vs Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights are, the truth is, 7-1-Zero.
This isn’t a mirage, nor are we within the twilight zone. Because the Golden Knights conclude what appeared like a unending seven-game homestand Friday in opposition to the Colorado Avalancheat T-Cell Enviornment, the NHL’s greatest story continues to reside in Las Vegas.
It’s been a bizarre few weeks, and we’ll doc all of that in due time. For now, the Avalanche come to Las Vegas for the primary time in an everyday season sport. Colorado has dropped three of its final 4, however snapped a three-game shedding streak Tuesday in opposition to the Dallas Stars.
Vegas, as you in all probability know by now, has gained seven of eight and is the primary workforce in League historical past to do this and so forth and so forth.
Let’s dive into what to anticipate throughout this sport, which oddly begins at three p.m. PT.

Will you Dansk with me within the moonlight once more?

Oscar Dansk made 29 saves in his first NHL begin in Tuesday’s Four-2 win in opposition to the Chicago Blackhawks, which continues to be the weirdest factor to say three days later.
No matter goalie coach Dave Prior has executed with these younger netminders is likely one of the biggest acts of sorcery the world has ever seen. Down goes Marc-Andre Fleury, up comes Malcolm Subban, who understandably can’t absolutely do the splits and is out for a month. Enter Dansk, the 23-year-old native of Sweden. Not solely has he been one other regular presence in web for the Golden Knights, he’s made some ballsy saves.
Dansk performed fantastically in aid efforts in opposition to St. Louis, then adopted that with a gem in opposition to Chicago. Whereas the Avalanche haven’t been world beaters, they possess loads good offensive-minded expertise. Dansk will gladly take the ground to groove once more, however his dance sneakers will should be shined and prepared for motion.
And rattling it to hell, we’re right here for all dance puns.

Will Erik Haula return to the lineup?

If he does, oh boy. Buckle up for extra weirdness.
Haula has missed the final 4 video games with a lower-body harm sustained in opposition to the Detroit Red Wings two weeks in the past. He was hip-checked by Crimson Wings ahead Tomas Tatar, which led to Haula’s first struggle of his NHL profession.
“It was proper earlier than the struggle, and that’s type of what drove me a bit of mad,” Haula stated. “It doesn’t actually matter who it was (I fought). I used to be already pissed off concerning the hit, so one thing needed to be executed.”
If Haula is a go, it appears inevitable that Alex Tuch will likely be reassigned to the Chicago Wolves earlier than puck drop. Tuch was referred to as up rather than Jonathan Marchessault and scored two targets in his first two video games. Tuch’s has since been quiet, averaging 12 minutes of ice time the previous two video games. Luckily for the Golden Knights, his scoring presence wasn’t wanted.
That gained’t make Tuch’s demotion any much less bizarre. Whereas his waiver-exemption standing permits Vegas to be versatile, Tuch’s presence hasn’t gone unnoticed. Haula was enjoying effectively earlier than the harm, however absolutely there needs to be a approach to preserve each on the roster. I imply, there may be, however you get it.

The Matt Duchene Watch has been enjoyable

Whereas days cross on when Duchene will/if in any respect be traded, he’s been a small beacon of hope for Colorado. The 27-year-old heart is tied for the workforce lead in factors with eight (three targets, 5 assists) and has scored some extent in three of the previous 4 video games.
Duchene’s play has been good for each him and the Avs — good that he’s already amassed almost 20 p.c of final yr’s level manufacturing and is growing his commerce worth, and good for Colorado as a result of that 5-Four-Zero begin is already grounds for enchancment from final yr. That’s due to Duchene.
Duchene has executed a strong job anchoring the second line with Gabriel Landeskog and Nail Yakupov, which has been a complement to the talent-laden first line. Vegas goes to spend so much of time attempting to decelerate Nathan MacKinnon and Co., but it surely’s crucial for the Golden Knights to power Colorado’s backside six to play at its finest if the Avs need to pull off the ... upset? That’s additionally bizarre to say.

Methods to watch

TV: AT&T Sports activities,Web Rocky Mountain, NHL.TV
Radio: Fox Sports activities 98.9 FM/1340 AM
Puck drop: 3:00 p.m. PT

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