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Carl Soderberg trio has developed into the Avalanche’s shutdown line – The Denver Post

PITTSBURGH — The one continuous element of the Avalanche’s lineup over the last month has been its third line with center Carl Soderberg and wingers Matt Nieto and Blake Comeau. Most line combinations, defensive pairings and the starting goaltender have often changed, but what began as Colorado’s fourth line is now the team’s most stabilized part of the lineup and logging more time than the second line — a k a The Kid Line — with rookie center Alex Kerfoot and first-year wingers Tyson Jost and J.T. Compher.

Soderberg and company have become the Avs’ primary checking line and taking a good amount of defensive-end faceoffs. In Saturday’s 7-3 win at Florida, the threesome scored two empty-net goals to put the game out of reach. Nieto, who assisted on Erik Johnson‘s goal that gave the Avs a 4-2 lead, had a game-high three points.

“We’ve gained some trust and ability to kind of be a shutdown line,” Nieto said after Monday’s morning skate at PPG Paints Arena. “So, yeah, it’s been going pretty good, and to be rewarded with points in Florida was great.”

The Nathan MacKinnon-centered line has been intact most of the season, but left winger Gabe Landeskog recently missed four games because of an NHL suspension.

Soderberg, 32 and Comeau, 31, are Colorado’s two oldest players. Nieto is 25.

“All three of us keep a lot of pride keeping the puck out of the net,” Comeau said. “We have a lot of defensive-zone starts in other teams’ top lines. It feels like ‘Beds’ (Coach Jared Bednar) trusts us against anyone, especially putting us out in D-zone starts.”

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