The defending Stanley Cup Champions head to the Big Apple to face the upstart Rangers. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. EST and will be nationally televised.
Colorado has started the year 3-2-1 and have shown a slight Stanley Cup hangover, but nothing to be concerned about. After defeating Vegas on the road Saturday, this is the first of three straight games in the New York metropolitan area for the Avalanche. Valeri Nichuskin continues his hot start as he leads the Avs in goals with six. Nichuskin also leads Colroado in points with 11 as both Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen have tallied nine points thus far. Alexandar Georgiev has been decent to start his Avalanche career, while Pavel Francouz has struggled in his limited action so far.
The Rangers are also off to a 3-2-1 start this season and have dropped three of its last four. This will be the final game of a four-game homestand for New York before it starts a three-game road trip. To no one’s surprise, Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad are tied for the team lead in goals with four each. Panarin has the edge in points between the two with 12 in six games. Igor Shesterkin and Jaroslav Halak have had the same fortunes as Colorado’s goaltenders with Shesterkin being solid and Halak struggling in the early going. The Rangers will also be without forward Filip Chytil for at least the next week with an upper-body injury that he sustained last week.
Colorado took down New York in both meetings last year, winning by two and four goals. Georgiev is slated to make the start for the Avalanche against his former team, while Sherterkin will be between the pipes for the Rangers.