TAMPA, Fla. – Hello from the Fairfield in St. Petersburg, just across the pond from Tampa, where YOUR Avalanche play the No. 1 Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. What is Amalie, you ask? It’s a motor oil.

Two….wait for it….well-oiled machines will meet tonight in a showdown of sorts. Tampa Bay is a damn good hockey club and the Avs will have to bring their ‘A’ game to beat these guys.

A couple of lineup notes for the Avs: Sven Andrighetto is back in. He’ll replace Gabriel Bourque up front, probably on a line with Kamenev and Calvert.

Semyon Varlamov is back in net, after allowing six goals to Pittsburgh Tuesday night. The Three-Headed Monster is back together. Coach Jared Bednar spent some time visiting with Mikko Rantanen at the morning skate. If I had to guess what they were talking about, I’d say that Bednar wants him to keep putting pucks on net, not just looking for the first pass. Not a big deal, as Rants is the top-scoring player in the league right now.

Louis Domingue will be in goal for Tampa Bay, with No. 1 Andrei Vasilevski sidelined with a broken foot.

This will finish up the four-game road swing. Friday, the team has a beach volleyball game. I hear Big Z was a force.

I have four clips for your auditory pleasure from the room this morning. It’s just uncut audio with players and Bednar.

Let’s start with a visit with Tyson Barrie, a conversation that starts off with my asking him what’s made the power play so good this year. Colorado, after all, has the top-ranked PP unit in the league, at 30.9 percent.

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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.