In his press conference today, Colorado Avalanche head coach stated that Ryan Wilson will replace injured defenseman Tyson Barrie in the lineup for game four. Barrie left game three after a knee-on-knee collision courtesy of Matt Cooke. Cooke is scheduled to meet with the NHL disciplinary board on Wednesday, where he’ll face a likely suspension for the hit, which could put Barrie out of action for 4-6 weeks.
Also of note, Joey Hishon could make his NHL debut in game four to help the Avs struggling power play, which is 11/12 in the series and the only goal coming on an empty net.
Opinion: I’m a little surprised that Roy is going with Wilson over Stefan Elliott. Wilson is the more experienced defenseman, but he’s also a pretty big liability on the back end. Elliott is only 23-years old and appeared in one game during the season for the Avs, but he brings much more to the table with his offensive ability. Wilson is the more psychical player though, which likely earned him the nod over Barrie given how this series has gone.
Hishon potentially making his NHL debut might be more surprising than Wilson playing over Elliott. Hishon, 22, was the Avs first round pick, 17 overall, in 2010 but has yet to play in the NHL due to a number of injuries, mainly concussion related, over the years. He’s an extremely talented offensive player and certainly couldn’t hurt the Avs power play as poor as it’s been playing. Hishon will likely replace Paul Carey in the lineup and play limited time 5-on-5.