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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


The Colorado Avalanche - or at least what's left of them - try to ride the momentum of a record-breaking offensive explosion when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Colorado snapped a five-game slide after scoring a franchise-record six goals in eight minutes of the second period in a 9-4 victory over Nashville on Thursday without No. 1 goaltender Philipp Grubauer, while defenseman Nikita Zadorov left the game with an upper-body injury.

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Nathan MacKinnon, who is already missing linemates Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog (out indefinitely with lower-body injuries), also departed Thursday's contest (upper body) but coach Jared Bednar said it was for precautionary reasons. Grubauer (lower body) won't play Saturday, so 29-year-old rookie Pavel Francouz will start consecutive games for the first time in his career. Columbus also snapped a five-game losing streak in its last contest - a 3-2 victory at Arizona on Thursday. "It's good for them to get a result," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella told reporters. "There's been some games this year when we didn't."

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS Ohio (Columbus), Altitude (Colorado)

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (6-7-3): Rookie center Emil Bemstrom on Thursday scored career goal No. 1 in his 16th game. Gustav Nyquist, who signed a four-year, $22 million contract during the offseason, recorded a goal and two assists Thursday for his first multi-point contest of the season. Joonas Korpisalo (6-6-1, 3.05 goals-against average, .896 save percentage) snapped a four-start losing streak with 30 saves versus Arizona and is 2-0, 2.49, .912 in two games against Colorado.

ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (9-5-2): Colorado is counting on Joonas Donskoi to help fill some of the scoring void left by Rantanen and Landeskog and he has responded with eight goals after recording his first career hat trick Thursday. MacKinnon leads the club with nine goals and 22 points, and has hit the scoresheet in 14 of 16 games. Defenseman Cale Makar, an early Calder Trophy favorite, leads all rookies with 15 points and is averaging 19 minutes, 15 seconds of ice time.

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1. Columbus F Riley Nash (one goal, five points) is the only Blue Jacket with a plus rating (plus-1).

2. The Avalanche went 2-for-6 on the power play Thursday after going 1-for-19 in their previous four games while Columbus is 8-for-8 on the penalty kill in its last three contests.

3. The Blue Jackets have won three straight meetings, including both encounters last season by a combined 11-5 with Pierre Luc-Dubois scoring three goals.

Prediction

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Pepsi Center
Denver, Colorado, USA.
Capacity: 18,007

Last Injuries

Colorado Avalanche

  • Colin Wilson

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | I-R

    Wilson has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, but he is likely to come back when the league returns.

  • Matt Calvert

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | I-R

    Calvert has been sent to the injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury, but he will likely return to the ice as soon as the league deems it safe to play.

  • Mikko Rantanen

    Collarbone
    day-to-day | I-R

    Rantanen has been designated for the injured reserve list with a broken collarbone. It is anticipated that he will return to the fold in time for when the league reconvenes.

  • Nazem Kadri

    Ankle
    day-to-day | I-R

    Kadri is on the injured reserve list due to an ankle injury. He is likely to return to the lineup when the league starts back up.

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Alexandre Texier

    Back
    day-to-day | I-R

    Texier is recuperating from a lumbar stress fracture while on the injured reserve list. It is likely that he will be activated prior to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference qualifying round versus the Maple Leafs.

  • Dean Kukan

    Knee
    day-to-day | I-R

    Kukan has landed on injured reserve with a medial meniscus tear and articular cartilage injury in his left knee. He is projected to be activated prior to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference qualifying round against the Maple Leafs.

  • Seth Jones

    Ankle
    day-to-day | I-R

    Jones has been placed on the injured reserve list due to ankle surgery. He is expected to be activated for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference qualifying round versus the Maple Leafs.

  • Josh Anderson

    Shoulder
    Mid Aug | I-R

    Anderson has been sent to the injured reserve list after undergoing surgery to repair a labral tear in his left shoulder. He is lining up to return to the fold sometime in August.

  • Brandon Dubinsky

    Wrist
    out for season | I-R

    Dubinsky is on the injured reserve list due to a chronic wrist condition. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Nathan Gerbe

    Groin
    day-to-day | probable

    Gerbe is recovering from a groin strain and is expected to return in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference qualifying round versus the Maple Leafs.

  • Oliver Bjorkstrand

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Bjorkstrand is sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair a sprain and hairline fracture of his ankle. It is up in the air if he will return in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference qualifying round versus the Maple Leafs.

colorado-avalanche Stats 2019-2020

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