PRESEASON : CANADIENS (2-0-0) @ AVALANCHE (0-2-1) (QUEBEC CITY)
The Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche will meet for the second time in as many nights on Friday, this time in Quebec City at the former home of the Nordiques, to wrap up a two-game set between the once provincial rivals.
Undefeated since the start of the preseason, a different Habs squad will hit the ice in Quebec than that which beat the Avs 3-2 in overtime on Thursday. Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu, both competing for a spot on the Canadiens blue line, will be in among defensemen, while Sven Andrighetto, Jacob De La Rose, and Jiri Sekac will get another shot at impressing the Habs brass on offense.
Nikita Scherbak will feature in his third preseason game in as many occasions, while David Desharnais and Brandon Prust, for their part, will be playing in their second exhibition match in as many nights.
Not making the trip to the Quebec capital, meanwhile, are Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher, Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov.
Thursday’s overtime goalscorer, Alex Galchenyuk, and P.K. Subban are also among the Habs’ notable absences.
Protecting the Canadiens net will be Dustin Tokarski and Joey MacDonald, opposite Avs netminder Sergei Varlamov, who gets his first preseason start in the crease for Colorado.
Traded to mile high city over the summer, Daniel Briere will face his former team for the first time in Quebec City. His teammate and fellow Quebec-native Alex Tanguay will also be in uniform for the Avalanche.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.