The Colorado Avalanche can make history tonight if they beat the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center.
A victory would give them a 13-1-0 record to match the 2007-08 Ottawa Senators as the only team in NHL history to begin the season with 13 wins in the first 14 games.
Coach Patrick Roy and his players are only worried about winning the game.
“We cannot control what people think, and we cannot control where we’re going to be three months from now or four months from now,” Roy said. “What we control is what we’re going to do tonight, and I think we need to stay in the present world. We need to prepare ourselves for tonight, make sure we focus when we get to the rink, make sure we play a strong game, especially a strong start.”
The Avalanche defeated the Predators (7-5-2) on Oct. 4 in a 2-1 game.
“We expect them to play a strong game tonight,” Roy said. “I expect them to see their [defense] join their rush and be involved. This is a good [defense]. The big difference obviously is Rinne is out, and it will be Hutton. It will be important for us to test him early. Hopefully we can get a couple past him in the start of the game.”
Left wing Jamie McGinn will return to the Avalanche’s lineup after missing three games with a knee injury, but right wing Alex Tanguay will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a knee injury.
Rookie Nathan MacKinnon will replace Tanguay on a line with left wing Gabriel Landeskog and center Paul Stastny.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old—confidence is everything,” Roy said. “If you’re a confident group you can accomplish big things, and right now we’re playing with that confidence. It was the same thing for us in my eight years here (as a player). We believed in ourselves; we were a confident group. I think confidence [plays] a major role in any sport, and right now we seem to be very confident.
“That’s what makes our team right now interesting. We have been finding ways to win all kinds of hockey games.”