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Avs Make Minor Changes To Lineup

Bernier will be in between the pipes for Colorado tonight

by Callie Parmele /

STOCKHOLM--The Colorado Avalanche lineup is going to look very similar for the second game of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series as it did for the first.

Colorado is coming off a 4-3 in overtime loss on Friday night in the first game of a back-to-back set with the Ottawa Senators. Both contests are taking place at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Avs held an optional morning skate for the players after a team meeting this morning, with only nine skaters and three goalies taking the ice.

"[Jonathan] Bernier is going to start in goal and [Andrei] Mironov is going to come in for [Nikita] Zadorov," said Colorado head coach Jared Bednar. "We will leave our forward lines the same."

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov was in the crease for Colorado on Friday and made 28 saves in the loss.

Mironov will be taking over a spot on the blue line that was held on Friday by Zadorov, who was paired with Chris Bigras and logged 13:05 of ice time.

Another Colorado defenseman, Samuel Girard, played in his first game in an Avalanche sweater last night.

He was acquired by Colorado in a three-team trade on Sunday night in a transaction that included the Senators and the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche also obtained three prospects and three draft picks while Matt Duchene went to Ottawa and the Senators sent Kyle Turris to the Predators.

Girard has not been able to spend much time with his new team since he arrived in Stockholm on Tuesday morning, but he is making a positive first impression.

"I thought he made good decisions with [the puck], he didn't throw it away," Bednar said on Saturday. "He helped us a lot on our breakouts. He is elusive back there, and he uses his feet real well. On the defending side of it, he was good. He logged quite a few minutes for us and played in a bunch of different situations.

He was paired with Tyson Barrie for the majority of the night and also saw some time on the power play.

"[Girard] saw a few different D-partners, but mostly played with Barrie," said Bednar of the matchup. "I thought they were pretty good together. Overall, really good first game from him. I liked what I saw a lot. I think he is going to be able to help us… We want to make sure he is playing enough minutes so that second pair is a good spot for him"

The 19-year-old defenseman logged 21:55 in ice time, the most he has seen this season. He has now played in six NHL games and has one goal and three assists.

Video: Samuel Girard after his first game as an Av


Center Nathan MacKinnon found the back of the net last night and extended his point streak to five games. He has recorded 10 total points (four goals, six assists) in those contests.

"I mean, he was pretty good last night if you look at the game and how dangerous they were," Bednar said of MacKinnon. "He scores again. He is finding a way to produce every night, both 5-on-5 and on the power play"

Prior to last night, he had four straight multi-point games from Oct. 28 to Nov. 5. He now leads the club with 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) this campaign.

Video: MacKinnon after loss to Senators


Tyson Jost was a full participant in this morning's optional skate but remains on injured reserve. He has missed the last seven games with a lower body injury but is getting close to returning to game action.

"He can probably come off IR here any day now and get ready to play," said Bednar. "The problem with us is our schedule. Some of the days off we have had here when he has been getting close, we haven't had a bunch of practice time where he has been able to jump in to 5-on-5 play."

Jost last played on Oct. 19 at home against the St. Louis Blues. He practiced with the team in a red non-contact jersey on Tuesday and Thursday but was a full participant in Friday's pre-game practice. 

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