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Morning Skate Report: Colorado Aims to Bring Same Game to Ottawa

The Avalanche was finally rewarded for its efforts in the previous game against Toronto

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

OTTAWA, Ontario--The Colorado Avalanche is following the old adage of if it's not broke, don't fix it.

Colorado won't make any changes to its lineup for tonight's contest at the Ottawa Senators after playing one of its stronger games of the season last time out on Monday versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Avs outshot the Leafs 38-20 and came back from a two-goal deficit to win 6-3.

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Senators

Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in goal for Colorado

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

OTTAWA, Ontario--The Colorado Avalanche wraps up its five-game road trip through Canada tonight in the nation's capital against the Ottawa Senators.

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said following morning skate at Canadian Tire Centre that there won't be any changes to the club's lineup from its 6-3 win on Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Colorado Closes Canadian Trip in Ottawa

It is the second and final meeting between the clubs this season

by Dan Vatch /

In the finale of a five-game road swing through Canada, the Colorado Avalanche (21-17-8) takes on the Ottawa Senators (17-24-5) at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday. It is the second and last regular-season matchup between the non-conference opponents in the 2018-19 campaign.

Colorado has a 16-13-3 record in 32 all-time matchups against the Senators since the 1995-96 season, with a 7-8-1 mark as the visiting team. Gabriel Landeskog paces current Avalanche skaters with 14 career points (four goals, 10 assists) in 12 games against Ottawa, including a three-point outing (one goal, two assists) in the last matchup against the Senators on Oct. 26 at Pepsi Center.

The Avs return to Denver after the contest for its next five contests, starting Saturday at 1:00 p.m. MT against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Postgame Wrap-Up: Soderberg Tallies First Career Hat Trick

Avalanche's line changes paid off in win against the Toronto Maple Leafs

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

TORONTO--Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar mixed up three of his four forward combinations looking to spark his club offensively.

He got exactly what he wanted Tuesday night as the Avalanche defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 in a game at Scotiabank Arena that was punctuated by a three-goal performance from Carl Soderberg.

Soderberg scored his first career NHL hat trick while centering a new group of linemates that included J.T. Compher and Colin Wilson on his wings.

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Morning Skate Report: Zadorov Returns to Game Action

Colorado defenseman has missed the past 10 games with a lower-body injury

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

TORONTO--Nikita Zadorov's injection back into the Colorado Avalanche's lineup might be what the club needs to get back in the win column.

Zadorov will be back on defense for this evening's contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs after missing the previous 10 games with a lower-body injury.

"My goal is to help my team win some hockey games. That's it," Zadorov said to following the Avs' morning skate at Scotiabank Arena. "It's obviously exciting to get back on the ice and play hockey games.

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Maple Leafs

Semyon Varlamov will likely get the start for Colorado

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

TORONTO--The Colorado Avalanche will make only a minor change to its lineup for tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.

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Avalanche Road Trip Continues in Toronto

It is the first of two times the clubs will meet this season

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche /

The Colorado Avalanche plays the penultimate contest of its season-long, five-game road trip on Monday night in Toronto. The Maple Leafs enter Monday's game sitting in second place in the Atlantic Division, while the Avs are in fourth in the Central.

This is the first of two games between the clubs this season and Colorado's only trip to Toronto, as the Leafs will visit the Mile High City in February. The Avs won both matchups last year, sweeping a season series of at least two games from the Leafs for the first time since the team moved to Denver in 1995.

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Postgame Wrap-Up: Avs Remain Positive After Loss to Habs

Canadiens tally twice in the third period en route to win

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

MONTREAL--Three games into its Canada road trip, the Colorado Avalanche has put together three solid performances, but the team still has nothing to show for it in the win column.

Colorado had another chance Saturday night at Bell Centre, but two quick goals in the third period was all the Montreal Canadiens needed in a 3-0 victory.

"It was a tight-checking game, not a whole bunch going on as far as producing scoring chances on either end of it," said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar of both clubs' performance. "Each team had a flurry here and there for the first two periods.

"I don't think we were good enough with the puck to create the chances that we needed to win the hockey game. You got to score goals if you're going to win."

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Morning Skate Report: Avs Embrace Montreal Opportunity

Colorado will be in the spotlight as it continues its road trip.

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

MONTREAL--Saturday night, Hockey Night In Canada in Montreal. It is a stage that many young Canadians dream about one day playing on, and it's part of the third leg of the Colorado Avalanche's cross-Canada trek.

The Avs continue their season-long, five-game road trip tonight against the Montreal Canadiens, as they make their only visit of the season to Bell Centre.

"It's always fun playing in Canadian cities, and especially Saturday night, Hockey Night in Canada against the Habs. That's pretty special," said Avalanche forward Alexander Kerfoot. "Of course we only get to come out here once a year, so for it to be on a night like this, it's pretty exciting."

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Canadiens

Mark Barberio and Colin Wilson are back healthy

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

MONTREAL--Defenseman Mark Barberio and forward Colin Wilson will return to the Colorado Avalanche's lineup tonight as the team takes on Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

Both players have been dealing with upper-body injuries for the past several weeks. Barberio has been out since Nov. 30 and missed 19 games, while Wilson got hurt on Dec. 21 and has been out for eight contests.

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