DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche left Pepsi Center on Friday with a 4-1-0 record and feeling good about their game. They return after two tough road losses and with a lineup change for their Thursday matchup with the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues. Colorado coach Jared Bednar didn't like that his team scored just two goals total in losses at the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators. Rookie Tyson Jost will move from centering the third line to playing left wing on the top line with center Nathan MacKinnon and right winger Mikko Rantanen. Captain Gabriel Landeskog will move to the third line, while the second line of Sven Andrighetto, Matt Duchene and Nail Yakupov -- the most productive
The expansion Vegas Golden Knights have been the feel-good story of the first two weeks of the National Hockey League, winning five games and trailing the first-place Los Angeles Kings by just one point in the Pacific Division standings. Now comes a real litmus test for Gerard Gallant's squad, which hosts the Central Division-leading St. Louis (6-2-0) on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. Three nights later, the Chicago Blackhawks (4-2-2) pay a visit.