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Avalanche Faces Golden Knights in Preseason Rematch

Colorado heads to Vegas for the team's third exhibition outing

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche faces the Vegas Golden Knights for the second and final time during the preseason on Monday at 8 p.m. MT at T-Mobile Arena.

The two teams squared off in the Avs' exhibition opener last Tuesday where Colorado fell 5-1. Ryan Graves netted the only goal that night for the Avalanche, with Tyson Barrie and Matt Calvert picking up assists.

Colorado looks to start fresh after dropping its second preseason game of the campaign at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. The Avalanche went 5-for-6 on the penalty kill and generated three power-play advantages but ultimately could not convert on any of man-up opportunities. The Avs lost 7-0, as the Wild had 33 shots on goal. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 pucks in his exhibition debut for Colorado.

"It was nice to play hockey again, even though the outcome wasn't what we wanted… Obviously it's just preseason but you're still playing hockey, and it's what you love to do so I had a blast doing it," said Avalanche center Tyson Jost of skating against the Wild. "Obviously it wasn't that fun losing 7-0, but we have a chance to redeem ourselves in the next four games here--touch up some special teams and all that stuff."

Monday's lineup will again feature a mix between younger guys and veterans, as some of the Avs continue to heal from minor injuries and rest up before the regular season begins on Oct. 4.

"It's mostly kids again," said head coach Jared Bednar of the Avalanche's roster at Vegas following Sunday's practice. "But we got the [Carl] Soderberg line going in, [J.T.] Compher's going back in, [Alexander] Kerfoot will be back in. If we have healthy bodies, we're trying to get them in the lineup."

The Golden Knights have posted a 4-0-0 record so far during the preseason. Vegas won its most recent contest, defeating Pacific-Division rival San Jose Sharks 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday. Defenseman Erik Brannstrom scored in the sixth round of the tiebreaker to give the Knights the win after Pierre-Edouard Bellemare tallied a short-handed goal to tie the game late in the third period. Golden Knights goaltender Maxim Lagace made 20-of-24 saves.

Monday's Colorado-Vegas game will not be televised. The radio broadcast can be heard in the Denver area on Altitude Sports Radio FM 92.5 or online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.

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