The Colorado Avalanche received a response in net on Friday, even if it wasn’t from usual suspect Semyon Varlamov.
Instead, it was Reto Berra doing the job, as he managed 35 saves in a 3-0 upset of the Anaheim Ducks.
It’s no surprise that the Avalanche are going back to Berra, who faces a test in trying to keep the Kings at one measly win in their five-game, season-opening homestand.
The Kings haven’t been scoring a ton of goals, but they’re starting to exert their will on opponents.
While they were very quiet (15 shots on goal) in a loss to Vancouver on Tuesday they generated 41 shots on goal on Oct. 9 and 37 shots in finally breaking through with a win against the Wild.
It’s not for sure, but one would expect Jonathan Quick to be in net for the Kings.
(This post will be updated if there are any major deviations in net.)
- The local rivalry has a new stalwart battle as Cory Schneider represents the Devils while Henrik Lundqvist‘s in as usual for the Rangers.
- One would lean toward Ondrej Pavelec being the guy for Winnipeg, but stay tuned. Brian Elliott gets the nod for St. Louis.
- Devan Dubnyk‘s in for the Wild, Frederik Andersen likely for Anaheim.
- Anders Nilsson starts for the Oilers. Ryan Miller will probably make a bid to continue his strong start for Vancouver.