When the Colorado Avalanche take on the Minnesota Wild Wednesday night in an all-important game seven, there will be at least one change to their lineup. Following the morning skate, Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy announced that rookie Joey Hishon will draw back in to the lineup; centering the third line with Jamie McGinn and Maxime Talbot.
The 22-year-old Hishon had no NHL experience entering the series, but was inserted into the lineup for games three and four; and despite not registering any points, didn’t look out of place. Now, the playmaking center will look to add the secondary scoring the team has desperately lacked.
There has yet to be any word on who Hishon will replace in the lineup, but two possible candidates are centers Marc-Andre Cliché and Brad Malone, who are both pointless and a combined minus-four in the series.
One thing working in the Avalanche’s favor is that the game will be contested at the Pepsi Center. Thus far in the series, the home team is undefeated. Game sevens are nothing new for Roy, who participated in a record 13 during his playing career
In fact, the last game Roy played in the NHL was a game seven against the Minnesota Wild in 2003. The Wild were able to defeat the heavily-favored Avalanche in overtime by a score of 3-2.
“What I remember about that game is we played against a team that just competed," said Roy. "They were well coached by Jacques Lemaire, and he took what was a 3-1 lead for us, and they beat us here in Denver in Game 5, they beat us in Game 6 in overtime, and they beat us in Game 7. I just saw a group that was resilient on the other side all year. This is how they made the playoffs. It’s a bit of what we have been doing all year.”
The Avalanche hope that fortune will be more in their favor Wednesday. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. MT.