DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche are looking to pick up where they left off before the Olympic break when they play the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday at Pepsi Center, while the Kings are hoping to get back on the winning track.
The Kings (31-22-6) are on a 2-8-1 slide and third in the Pacific Division, four points ahead of the ninth-place Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference.
Each team is expected to start its backup goalie, Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the Avalanche and Martin Jones for the Kings. Colorado's Semyon Varlamov played for Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick was in net for the United States.
"I feel everyone is feeling really good and recharged and ready to go," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "I was pleased with the intensity that we had in our practices. It's going to be a challenge, but I think we have quality people here and I'm very confident that we'll do well."
Center Matt Duchene, who played on Canada's gold medal-winning team, got plenty of sleep after arriving Monday and skated for the second day in a row Wednesday. Duchene was one of four Avalanche players to go to Sochi.
"My mentality right now is it's back to work with this team," he said. "I was so excited to see my teammates again. I love this group so much in here. They're all like family and it was great to get back on the ice with them. I wanted to adjust to the small ice again and get a feel for everything. I don't want to live in the past, I want to come back and be ready to play."
Kings coach Darryl Sutter said he isn't going to monitor their minutes, even though his team will play again Thursday against the Calgary Flames to complete a two-game road trip, and Saturday at home against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Doughty and Carter flew from Russia to Denver, rather than to Los Angeles, to cut down on some of the rigorous travel.
"It's an 11-hour time change to here and having to fly 11 hours, it's tough to adjust in a few days," Doughty said. "You still don't feel the greatest, but I'll get in a good nap and I should be ready for the game. It doesn't help that we're coming to the high altitude, but there's nothing we can do about it."
Here are the projected lineups:
Scratched: Cory Sarich
Suspended: Erik Johnson
NOTES: Talbot's fiancée is expecting their first child any day, so it's possible he won't play against the Kings. If that's the case, McLeod would move up to his spot on the third line and Sarich would dress as a seventh defenseman ... Defenseman Erik Johnson is serving the first game of a two-game suspension for his slash against the New York Islanders' Frans Nielsen in a Feb. 8 game.