If there’s one thing Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy has ever been known for, besides the whole “greatest goaltender in NHL history” thing, it’s that he stirs the pot like few others. Just look at his recent back-and-forth jabfest with St.Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock.
Stirring the pot is just what he’s trying to do in the wake of a definitive 4-1 loss at the hands of the Central Division-leading Blues. With center Paul Stastny battling back spasms, it looks like Roy will have some holes to fill at the top of the lineup until Stastny’s likely return on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.
In response, Roy will be moving grinder and assistant captain Cody McLeod to the top line and checker Patrick Bordeleau to the third. McLeod is a high-energy, high-effort player who is an effective forechecker and a solid defensive presence. Perhaps his skating will go well with Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene?
Bordeleau, meanwhile, makes up for his average skating with his huge frame and physical game. He is more than capable of delivering a huge, momentum-changing shift or getting into a scrap to swing things. The move is short-term, obviously. As stated above, Stastny is likely to return Saturday night which would leave the injury list with just two names: Alex Tanguay and Ryan Wilson.
Stay tuned for any more injury updates or line shifts.