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GameDay No. 4: Lineups, betting odds for Avalanche at Panthers

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Avalanche at Panthers

The Colorado Avalanche were the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup when the NHL season started. The Florida Panthers are considered a real threat to compete for the title.

Thursday night, the two teams meet up for the first of two meetings this season.

Or, as was the case way back in 1996, could there be more?

The Panthers are off to a rousing start, winning their first three games against teams who made the playoffs last season in Pittsburgh, the Islanders and the two-time defending champion Lightning.

Colorado is off to a slower start — and smarting after losing 6-3 in Washington on Tuesday night — but, again, we’re only three games into the season.

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The Avs had the most points of any team last season (82) as they won 39 of 56 games — finishing with the highest points percentage in franchise history (.732) as they made the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.

The Panthers come into the night having won 13 of their past 14 regular season home games, including winning six consecutive in Sunrise.

In those six games, the Panthers outscored their opponents 28-13.

Colorado, in town for the first time in just over two years, has had plenty of success in South Florida over the years.

The Avs are 13-3-2 in South Florida since relocating to Colorado in 1995 — 15-3-2 if you count their two wins in the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals at Miami Arena.

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Florida coach Joel Quenneville was an assistant coach on that ‘96 championship team.

— The Panthers placed defenseman Olli Juolevi on the IR on Wednesday and recalled Chase Priskie from Charlotte.

FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK

COLORADO AVALANCHE (1-2) AT FLORIDA PANTHERS (3-0)

  • WHEN: Thursday, 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
  • TICKETS: CLICK HERE
  • TV/STREAMING: Bally Sports Florida
  • RADIO: 560-AM
  • 2021 regular season series: Did not play
  • All-time regular season series: Colorado leads 24-10-5, 3 ties
  • Odds via Bovada.lv: Florida (PL -1.5 +200) — (ML -115) — U/O 6.5
  • Up next: Florida at Philadelphia Flyers, 7; Colorado at Tampa Bay, Saturday, 7

PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP

23 Carter Verhaeghe // 16 Sasha Barkov // 10 Anthony Duclair

11 Jonathan Huberdeau // 9 Sam Bennett // 74 Owen Tippett

70 Patric Hornqvist // 15 Anton Lundell // 13 Sam Reinhart

77 Frank Vatrano // 27 Eetu Luostarinen // 17 Mason Marchment

52 MacKenzie Weegar // 5 Aaron Ekblad

42 Gus Forsling // 7 Radko Gudas

44 Kevin Connauton  // 62 Brandon Montour

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

30 Spencer Knight

Scratched: Joe Thornton, Ryan Lomberg, Chase Priskie

Injured: Noel Acciari, Markus Nutivaara, Olli Juolevi

PROJECTED COLORADO AVALANCHE LINEUP

92 Gabriel Landeskog // 29 Nathan MacKinnon // 96 Mikko Rantanen

95 Andre Burakovsky // 91 Nazem Kadri // 11 Mikhail Maltsev

75 Sampo Ranta // 37 JT Compher // 61 Martin Kaut

43 Darren Helm // 17 Tyson Jost // 25 Logan O’Connor

49 Samuel Girard // 8 Cale Makar

4 Bowen Byram // 6 Erik Johnson

3 Jack Johnson // 28 Ryan Murray

31 Jonas Johansson

35 Darcy Kuemper

Injured: Devon Toews, Valeri Nichushkin

 

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