Florida Panthers at Colorado Avalanche game preview – FOXSports.com
Updated OCT 20, 2014 12:55p ET
TV: FOX SPORTS FLORIDA
TIME: PREGAME COVERAGE BEGINS AT 9:00 P.M.
The Colorado Avalanche don’t seem too concerned about their slow start.
Looking to bounce back from a rough trip, the Avalanche try to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat Tuesday night against the visiting Florida Panthers.
Last season, Colorado (1-4-1) opened with six straight victories and won 14 of its first 16 en route to the Central Division title.
This season has started much differently for the Avalanche, who went 0-2-1 in the last three games of their four-game trip, which concluded with a 3-2 loss to Montreal on Saturday.
“I’d rather face adversity now than later in the year,” forward Matt Duchene told the NHL’s official website.
Colorado has yet to come around offensively. After getting outscored 8-0 by Minnesota in a season-opening home-and-home series, the Avalanche managed nine goals on the trip, scoring more than two in a game only once. Duchene and Alex Tanguay each scored their second goals Saturday for Colorado, which ranks near the bottom of the league with 27.5 shots per contest.
“We’re going to have to be a little bit better around the net, and put more pucks on net and make the goalie work a little more,” coach Patrick Roy told the team’s official website.
Calvin Pickard allowed all three goals in the second period but made 33 saves in his first NHL start Saturday.
Roy has faith the promising rookie can man the net while Semyon Varlamov sits out with a groin injury and backup Reto Berra is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.
“We didn’t show any panic with our decisions or the way we wanted to deal with the situation (of the team’s top two goalies being hurt),” Roy said. “(Pickard) was …read more