The Avalanche will continue its preseason schedule at 7 p.m. Friday as it hosts the Los Angeles Kings at Pepsi Center.
Colorado is looking for its first win of the preseason after dropping its preseason opener Wednesday, 2-1, to the Anaheim Ducks.
Paul Stastny gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead in the game before the Ducks scored twice on the power play, including the winner with 5:56 remaining. Anaheim finished 2 for 7 with the extra attacker.
"We didn't lose the game, we gave them the game," Avs head coach Patrick Roy said after Thursday's practice. "The penalties were the killer."
Stastny said after Wednesday's game that the club had chances to kill off both penalties the Ducks scored on.
"I think both of their goals were power-play goals, and both of them we had a chance to clear, which we didn’t," he said. "I think we are just getting the rustiness out. We learned so much the last couple of days, so we are trying to get in the groove of things."
Taking fewer penalties will likely be one of the points that Roy will stress to his team before Friday's matchup, but overall, the Colorado coach said he was pleased with how his team played in its first game since April.
"We want to win some exhibition games, but at the same time I would have rather have been in the position we were in on [Wednesday] night, than win and not be playing well, because in the end we'll be at the same place," Roy said. "[The Anaheim game] was very positive in my opinion. Five-on-five, we won the game 1-0. We gave them eight scoring chances during 5-on-5, 14 shots against; there is nothing wrong with that."
The Avs' usual goaltenders, Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere, will have Friday's game off, as Roy will go with two prospects in net in Sami Aittokallio and Calvin Pickard. Roy said Aittokallio would start the contest before being replaced midway through by Pickard.
For Aittokallio, he will be facing the same team that he made his NHL debut against last season. The Finnish goalie made 23 saves in his April 11 start in Los Angeles before leaving in the third period from both legs cramping up.
As for Pickard, Friday's game will be his first taste of NHL action. He was recalled twice from Lake Erie last season but only in a reserve role as he backed up the Avalanche's regular netminders.
Colorado will play L.A. one more time before the season starts, as it will close its preseason schedule against the Kings on Sept. 28 at the Frozen Fury in Las Vegas.
Friday's game will not be televised, but it will be broadcast live on the Altitude Radio Network.
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