Avalanche hoping home crowd will turn things around

DENVER - The Avalanche will have their logo on the ice tonight and their crowd in the stands.

"We missed the fans here while we were gone," said Gabriel Landeskog. "You realize why people talk all year about home ice advantage throughout the year. We're fortunate that in our rink here we feed off the energy of the crowds so much."

Pepsi Center was rocking in games one and two, a buzz that the players and Erik Johnson can't wait for.

"Minnesota made the necessary adjustments when they went back home and it paid dividends for them. We're going to do the same thing. We worked all year for this home ice and small adjustments are going to make the difference in our home rink, one of those adjustments is having your fans."

Perhaps the fans will be the difference for the Avs tonight, or maybe the difference will be head coach Patrick Roy's message to his team about manning up.

"That's Patrick," Johnson said. "He's an intense player, he's an intense coach. He wants to win just as bad as we do and he's going to have all that charisma and passion that doesn't need to run off on us because we want that too, but it has rubbed off on us."

"He's a very emotional guy, but a very positive guy," MacKinnon added. "It's been fun, he's doing a good job keeping us even keeled and even after a couple of losses here."

Semyon Varlamov has been outstanding in the last two games, but the Avalanche need to do their part on the other end if they want to win game five.


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