DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche kick off one other quest for the Stanley Cup Tuesday at Ball Area as they host the Nashville Predators in Recreation 1 of the first-round collection.
The Avalanche earned the highest seed within the Western Convention, ending with a 56-19-7 document and a franchise-record 119 factors – second solely to the Florida Panthers’ 122 factors within the Jap Convention. Nashville completed the season with a 45-30-7 document and 97 factors.
The Avs have solely misplaced 5 video games in regulation, and 4 in time beyond regulation, at Ball Area this yr, whereas the Predators personal a 20-16-5 away document.
Colorado went 1-1-2 in opposition to Nashville this season – beating them in Denver in November earlier than falling 5-2 at Nashville in December. They once more misplaced at Nashville in January, 5-4, in time beyond regulation, and misplaced once more to the Predators in a shootout in Denver on April 28.
The Avs went 1-6 over their final seven regular-season video games, whereas Nashville completed its seven video games of the season 2-5.
Gabriel Landeskog is predicted to return to the lineup for the primary time since present process knee surgical procedure in March, and coach Jared Bednar mentioned Nazem Kadri, who returned on April 20, can be a game-time resolution after battling an sickness.
Nashville, in the meantime, can be with out high goaltender Juuse Saros for the primary and second video games of the collection due to a leg damage. He recorded 38 of the Predators’ wins this season. Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper received a career-high 37 video games this yr, however went 0-0-2 in opposition to Nashville.
The collection will characteristic what many assume are the 2 high defenseman in Colorado’s Cale Makar and Nashville’s Roman Josi, one among whom will seemingly win the Norris Trophy because the league’s high defenseman this yr. Josi led the Predators in factors and assists this season, whereas Makar completed fourth on the Avs with 86 factors, and second on the group with 58 assists.
Whereas each groups averaged 4 objectives per recreation of their matchups this season, the Avalanche had eight gamers with 50+ factors this season and as a group scored the second-most objectives ever behind the Cup-winning 1995-96 group.
The Avalanche hope that offensive firepower, the return of the captain Landeskog, and ending with the second-fewest objectives allowed within the Western Convention this season behind Calgary will push them over the hump to their first Stanley Cup for the reason that 2000-01 season.
They’ve misplaced within the second spherical of the NHL playoffs every of the final three seasons after a first-round ouster in 2017-18.
The puck drops for Recreation 1 at 7:30 p.m. MT and the sport can be televised on ESPN. The remainder of the collection schedule is as follows:
- Recreation 2 in Denver – Might 5 at 7:30 p.m. MT on TNT
- Recreation 3 in Nashville – Might 7 at 2:30 p.m. MT on TNT
- Recreation 4 in Nashville – Might 9 at 7:30 p.m. MT on ESPN
- Recreation 5 (if mandatory) in Denver – Might 11, TBD
- Recreation 6 (if mandatory) in Nashville – Might 13, TBD
- Recreation 7 (if mandatory) in Denver – Might 15, TBD
Data from The Related Press contributed to this story.