Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog 2011
Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog: "Energy shouldn't be a problem for us tonight." (Denver Post file)

Fans attending Tuesday's Avalanche home opener at the Pepsi Center will receive letters of apology from the team beforehand for the NHL lockout. It will be up to Avs players themselves to make fans not sorry they venture out to see them.

The Avs will host the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings before what the team says will be a sold-out crowd.

"Energy shouldn't be a problem for us tonight," Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "A sellout crowd with our fans against the defending Stanley Cup champions — it'll be fun. We'll play hard, for sure."

Beating the Kings won't be easy. Los Angeles is coming off a blowout home loss in its opener, and the team has been ornery about it. Plus, the Kings will get No. 1 center Anze Kopitar back in the lineup after a knee injury.

The Avs will keep the same forward lineup as in Saturday's 4-2 loss at Minnesota. Avs forward Chuck Kobasew will again be a healthy scratch.

The Avs' defensive lineup could be different, but coach Joe Sacco said he won't decide until the pre-game warmups, when he'll skate seven defenseman, but use only six for the game.

Regardless, Sacco said veteran Shane O'Brien again will be a healthy scratch on defense.


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