Justin Mercier made his NHL debut for the Avalanche during a 1-0 loss against the Wild on Wednesday. He had no points in 4:14 of ice time and finished at even. "It was a pretty amazing feeling," he said. "This is what you work your whole life for. To be able to go out there and put that jersey, it was a remarkable feeling. You always like to win and hate to lose. I know the guys came off a road trip. I was hoping to help out and bring some energy to the lineup, but unfortunately we came out on the wrong end of this one. It was still a great experience for me."