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At the Rink: Avalanche at Kings

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

The Los Angeles Kings will not make any lineup changes when they complete a season-opening five-game homestand against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; FS-W, ALT) after winning their first game Friday.

Center Anze Kopitar scored in overtime to give the Kings a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild and end their three-game losing streak.

Coach Darryl Sutter said he has been impressed with defenseman Brayden McNabb

"He's played strong. We need him to be consistent," Sutter told LA Kings Insider. "Can't have any games off. Can't be in a situation where we're saying, 'Well, he had a drop because he's a young guy.' We need consistency. We're trying to win hockey games."

Sutter also noted the importance of the Kings penalty kill. The Avalanche have scored on more than 40 percent of their power plays and have scored at least one power-play goal in three of four games.

"They have pretty good personnel on it, that's all I know," Sutter said. "Penalty-killing last year and in training camp and coming into the season has been quite a bit better than most teams' penalty-killing, so we're more concerned about our power play and not theirs."

Colorado will be without defenseman Tyson Barrie, who was suspended three games for charging and interference for his hit on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres in a 3-0 win Friday.

Reto Berra, who made 35 saves against the Ducks, will start for the Avalanche.

"Last year, he finished with a shutout, he had a good game [Friday] and he deserves to play," coach Patrick Roy told the Denver Post on Saturday. "I explained the situation to [Semyon Varlamov], and he understands. It's a business about winning, and right now, Reto is playing really well."

Here are the projected lineups:

AVALANCHE

Blake Comeau - Matt Duchene - Jarome Iginla

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Alex Tanguay

Mikko Rantanen - Carl Soderberg - Borna Rendulic

Cody McLeod - John Mitchell - Jack Skille

Francois Beauchemin - Erik Johnson

Nikita Zadorov - Nate Guenin,

Brad Stuart - Nick Holden

Reto Berra

Semyon Varlamov

Injured: Brad Winchester (concussion symptoms)

Scratched: Mikhail Grigorenko, Brandon Gormley, Tyson Barrie

KINGS

Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown

Milan Lucic - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Tanner Pearson - Nick Shore - Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford - Andy Andreoff - Jordan Nolan

Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez

Derek Forbort - Christian Ehrhoff

Jonathan Quick

Jhonas Enroth

Injured: None

Scratched: Jordan Weal, Matt Greene

Status report: Colorado likely will start Gormley or Guenin in place of Barrie.

Who's hot: Berra has back-to-back shutouts dating to last season and has stopped 76 shots in his past two starts. ... Colorado has five power-play goals in three games.

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