Tyson Barrie and Stefan Elliott reached significant firsts Monday. The childhood friends from the Vancouver area were in the Avalanche lineup for the first time together in a game when Barrie scored his first career NHL goal and Elliott made his NHL season debut.

Barrie played 22:08 and became the first Avs defenseman to produce a goal this season. Elliott was limited to 12:55 after being called up from the minors and arriving in Denver on Sunday night. Both began the season in the American Hockey League but are considered the future of the Avs' blue-line corps, trades notwithstanding.

"With those two guys in the lineup, it's pretty obvious: We're trying to generate some more offense from our back end. We're looking for a couple guys to help move the puck up to our forwards," Avs coach Joe Sacco said after his team's 6-5 victory over the Nashville Predators. "They're puck-moving, offensive-minded defensemen, and they both have good mobility. It just brings a different look to our back end."