The Colorado Avalanche take to the ice tonight for the first of eighty two regular season games. The opposition is going to be extremely motivated. The Calgary Flames look for redemption as the Avalanche booted the Flames out of the playoffs last year.

Projected Lines

Colorado Lineup

Calgary Lineup

Players To watch

Cale Makar

Cale Makar looks to begin his first full season this year. As you remember, the Avalanche brought the youngster in during the Stanley Cup playoffs game three. He thrived and flourished under playoff pressure. Makar looks to take another step towards being a superstar defensemen.

Conor Timmins

Conor Timmins is making his debut tonight. Timmins has had a long road of recovery. He looks to put all of that behind him tonight.

Nazem Kadri

Kadri looks to make his debut tonight after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer. Kadri is out to prove that he is still very skilled as he centers Colorado’s second line.

Pick To Click

Mikko Rantanen is out to prove he is worth every penny he was given by the Avalanche.

Calgary

Keeping Johnny Gaudreau contained is the Avalanches game plan. You do this by keeping him on the outside next to the boards. You do not allow him in the middle of the ice or he will make you pay. Keep your defensive shape and active sticks. Sticks in passing lanes keep the puck from cycling around.

My Prediction

The Colorado Avalanche win the game 4-3. Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan McKinnon and Cale Makar all score goals. Mikko Rantanen nets the game winning goal, sending everyone in attendance home happy.

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