With the regular season just over a week away, the Colorado Avalanche continues its preseason against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday at 8 p.m. MT at T-Mobile Arena.
It is the fifth game of Colorado's six exhibition contests this preseason. The Avs are coming off a 3-2 shootout victory against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. The Knights, who will play seven preseason outings, last skated in a 3-1 victory at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
It is the second matchup between the clubs during exhibition play, with the first coming on Sept. 17 at Pepsi Center. Vegas (4-0-0) defeated Colorado (1-3-0) 5-0 in the outing with four different Golden Knights players netting goals.
Avalanche at Golden Knights
T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas, Nev.
|Game Time: ||8:00 p.m. MT |
|TV: ||KTNV (VGK) |
|Radio: ||Altitude Sports Radio, FM 92.5 / AM 950 |
|Online Audio: ||Listen Live Here |
|Stream: ||NHL.tv (blackouts apply) |
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare played the previous two seasons with Vegas after being selected in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft by the Golden Knights… Avalanche forward Jayson Megna's brother, Jaycob, is in his first season with the Vegas organization… Paul Stastny played his first eight NHL seasons with the Avalanche (2006-2014) and ranks ninth in franchise history in scoring with 458 points (160g/298a)… Nick Holden played three seasons with the Avalanche from 2013-2016
The Avalanche opened the 2019 preseason with a 5-0 loss to the Golden Knights. Vegas' Brandon Pirri (two goals, one assist), Tomas Nosek (two assists) and Valentin Zykov (one goal, one assist) each had multi-point outings while goaltender Garret Sparks stopped all 24 shots he faced. Colorado netminders Adam Werner and Hunter Miska split time in net, with Werner making 11 saves on 13 shots and Miska stopping 12 of the 15 shots he faced.
Colorado and Vegas have met in each of the previous two preseasons, with each team going 1-1 in each exhibition year. The Avs are 3-3-0 all-time against the Knights during the regular season, including a 2-1-0 mark last year.
After practice on Tuesday, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said the majority of the players for the contest will come from the team's second on-ice session that day. Included in that group were forwards Shane Bowers, Sheldon Dries, A.J. Greer, Michael Joly, Vladislav Kamenev, Martin Kaut, Logan O'Connor and TJ Tynan as well as defensemen Bowen Byram, Jacob MacDonald, Dan Renouf and Calle Rosen.
Defenseman Erik Johnson was a full participant at Colorado's practice on Tuesday and said he should play at Dallas on Saturday. Nikita Zadorov and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also took part in the Avs' on-ice session in full contact gear after dealing with minor lower-body injuries for the past week.
Ian Cole (hips)
Colin Wilson (shoulder)
After Wednesday night's outing, the Avalanche has one remaining exhibition game as it wraps up the preseason on Saturday at the Dallas Stars… Colorado opens the regular season at home on Oct. 3 against the Calgary Flames.