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Hishon in for Avs, Veilleux returns for Wild

Apr 30, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

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Both Colorado and Minnesota will make changes up front for tonight’s huge Game 7 at the Pepsi Center.

The Avs will return rookie Joey Hishon to the lineup after he sat Game 6, Patrick Roy confirmed. The 17th overall pick at the ’10 draft, who made his NHL debut in Game 4, will reportedly center the third line between Max Talbot and Jamie McGinn, and it’s possible Brad Malone could be the odd man out.

Hishon, 22, played just 6:31 for Colorado in Game 4 and 7:30 in Game 45. He did see extended minutes on the power play, though, and could be used tonight to help the Avs bust out of a slump that’s seen them score just once on their last 18 opportunities with the man advantage.

Minnesota is going in a bit of a different direction with its change up front, as 32-year-old veteran Stephane Veilleux will draw in. Veilleux, who hasn’t dressed since appearing in the opening two games of the series, is being inserted in place of Justin Fontaine, and the hope is he’ll bring some energy, speed and aggressive forechecking to the Wild lineup, per head coach Mike Yeo.

Veilleux appeared in 34 games for the Wild during the regular season, scoring three goals while averaging 8:26 TOI per night.

  1. strictlythedanks - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Veillux gives it his all every shift, which is exactly what you need in a game 7. Would rather have heatley out then fontaine but heater has been playing better this series

    • wayoffpiste - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      I agree with you. Leave Fontaine in, Heater out.

    • purpleguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Playing Veilleux is like unleashing the Tazmanian Devil, which works as long as he stays under some semblance of control. I think Heater’s mostly in there for the power play.

  2. getadealdonealready - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Not surprised by this, and also wouldn’t be surprised to see Heatley get some time with lines 2 & 3 tonight, he has played well since returning.

    • clarke16 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Exactly. One game series. You have to put Heater in there…

  3. lbeezyse - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    I like getting SV in there because he will easily get under Landeskog and Mcleods skin and hopefully draw them into penalties. However, I don’t like putting heater on the 3rd line when that line has been effective against the top 2 for Colo. I would have rolled, coyle,koivu,parise – pommer,granny,moulson, -haula,nino,SV and -brodz,heater,mcCormick.

    • getadealdonealready - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      It’s a catch 22, without the last change, you won’t get our 3 vs their 1,2, if you put heater on there you may see that, but not sure that is what is best for us.

  4. paulypaul14 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Welcome back “Tornado”!

  5. rgledz - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Heater has been good. You can’t take him out for a game 7. He’s created a bunch of scoring opportunities when he camps that big frame behind the net and finds guys in front. He’s even looked like he’s moving pretty well, which is a nice change. Go Wild!

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