Avalanche Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Avalanche Start Brief Central Road Swing

The Colorado Avalanche travel to Ohio tonight and face the first of two straight Central Division opponents on the road, in back to back games.

While Colorado is coming off a disappointing loss on Tuesday against Calgary, where they gave up three goals in the third period, this is a different Avalanche team. Injuries to T.J. Galiardi and David Van der Gulik, a trade for Montreal defenseman Ryan O'Byrne, and the callup of Greg Mauldin from Lake Erie have forced a complete overhaul of the roster. At this point, it's uncertain what any of the Avalanche lines -- or defensive pairings -- will be for tonight's game.

While the Avalanche's rocky start continues, their opponent this evening, the Columbus Blue Jackets, have enjoyed a very successful start. At 9-5 and in contention within hockey's toughest division, Columbus has gained success due to a stingy defense that only allows 2.36 goals per game. Expect a low scoring game, as Columbus star and main offensive weapon Rick Nash is unlikely to dress for tonight's game due to injury. 

Faceoff begins at 5 p.m. MT.

Read more at Mile High Hockey.

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