Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-10-23 03:05:07 –
St. Louis Bruce will stage a home opener against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday without two significant off-season acquisitions.
Winger Pavel Buchnevic has finished a two-game NHL suspension in a headbutt, and Winger Brandon Saad has landed on the COVID-19 shelf after a positive test.
Bruce coach Craig Belve said it was “hard.” “They are good players for us. We all know it, and it’s a shame that it happened to Saad.”
Meanwhile, Kings will play Friday night without Drew Douty, a base defense injured in the lower body who was injured in the Dallas Stars overtime 3-2.
After receiving a leg-to-leg hit from Stars defense Jani Hacamper, Dorty had to be helped on the ice. Kings coach Todd McClellan said Dorty will be evaluated again on Saturday.
“I have a game I need to play, but obviously I don’t want to see him fall,” said Kings captain Anze Copiter. “It doesn’t matter who it is, it’s a teammate, and if someone falls, it doesn’t feel good. Hopefully it’s not that serious.”
Buchnevic, who had goals and assists in the first two games of the blues, arrived in an off-season trade with the New York Rangers. Third, who has goals and assists in three games, signed as a free agent.
Belve tries rookie Klim Kostin at the third spot on the line with Ryan O’Reilly and David Peron.
“I think he’s creating opportunities aggressively, doing a good defensive job, and returning to the right place to track him,” Belve said of Kostin.
St. Louis winger Kyle Clifford will make his season debut on Saturday after finishing the first three games as a healthy scratch.
Bruce swept the road trip in three games to start the season, beating Colorado Avalanche, Arizona Coyote and Vegas Golden Knights 15-8.
Jordan Binnington (3-0-0, ERA 2.67) has once again become the lead goalkeeper, and Jordan Kirou (2 goals, 5 assists) has increased the pace of the attack.
Kings won the opener before dropping the next three games. The top line of the copyrs (6 goals, including 1 Friday) centered around Dustin Brown (4 points) and Victor Albidson (3 points) is excellent.
But McClellan is looking for a more aggressive balance from his front line.
“So far, it’s OK from a defensive point of view. From an offensive point of view, about half of the team clicks and the other half finds a way,” he said Friday. “Usually it’s not enough aggressively.”
Goalkeeper Jonathan Quick started on Friday, so Kings could return to Bruce with Calvin Peterson (1-1-0, 2.04 GAA).
The two teams will play again in St. Louis on Monday.
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