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Posted On Monday, 04.15.2013 / 2:46 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Blue Jackets, Avalanche

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has recovered from a hip injury that caused him to miss three games, so the team on Monday reassigned rookie goalie Sami Aittokallio to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Varlamov will dress as Jean-Sebastien Giguere's backup Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Center Chuck Kobasew will replace Mark Olver on the fourth line. Kobasew missed eight games with a back injury.

For the Blue Jackets, Brandon Dubinsky will move from left wing to center on the second line, replacing injured center Artem Anisimov. Anisimov is listed as day-to-day after sustaining a head injury on a hit from the Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle in the first period Saturday in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 shootout win. Blake Comeau, who was a healthy scratch the past two games, will play left wing on the fourth line.

Here are the projected lineups for Monday's game:

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Posted On Monday, 04.08.2013 / 3:09 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Flames recall Baertschi; Avalanche get Jones back

DENVER -- The Calgary Flames recalled left wing Sven Baertschi from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League on Sunday and he is expected to play Monday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Baertschi, 20, had one assist in 10 previous games with the Flames this season. He was the Flames' No. 1 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft and had 10 goals and 15 assists in 31 games for Abbotsford.

On the other side, right wing David Jones will return to the Avalanche lineup after missing eight games with a knee injury. Jones has struggled this season with just three goals in 27 games. He has gone 10 games without a point.

Here are the projected lineups for Monday's game:


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Posted On Friday, 04.05.2013 / 3:06 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Quincey expected back, Dekeyser to make NHL debut

DENVER -- The Detroit Red Wings will have a different look on defense Friday night when they meet the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Kyle Quincey is expected to play after missing nine games with a fractured cheekbone, and Danny Dekeyser will make his NHL debut after playing three seasons at Western Michigan University.

Quincey, 27, who was injured in a March 15 game against the Edmonton Oilers, has one goal and one assist in 26 games. Dekeyser, 22, signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings on March 30. He was Western Michigan's captain this season and had two goals and 13 assists in 35 games.

Here are the projected lineups for Friday's game between the Red Wings and Avalanche:

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 3:14 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Avalanche scratch 'underachieving' Jones, McGinn

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco is shaking up the lineup for the game Wednesday against the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center, scratching healthy forwards David Jones and Jamie McGinn.

Jones has gone nine games without a point, and has three goals, four assists and a minus-10 rating in 26 games. McGinn has gone five games without a point, and has one goal and one assist in 14 games despite playing on the Avalanche's top line with Matt Duchene and PA Parenteau. McGinn has four goals, nine assists and a minus-10 rating in 28 games.

"It's a case of just underachieving," Sacco said after the morning skate.
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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 2:51 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Blackhawks, Avalanche

DENVER -- Here are the projected lineups for the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche on Monday at Pepsi Center.

BLACKHAWKS

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa

Jimmy Hayes - Dave Bolland - Patrick Kane

Bryan Bickell - Andrew Shaw - Viktor Stalberg

Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Michael Frolik

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Niklas Hjalmarsson - Johnny Oduya

Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Ray Emery

Corey Crawford

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 9:04 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Avalanche send down Barrie; Hejduk could return

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche announced Tuesday night that defenseman Tyson Barrie has been assigned to Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, which could pave the way for right wing Milan Hejduk to be activated from injured reserve.

Hejduk will miss his fifth consecutive game Tuesday night because of a torso injury when the Avalanche play the Edmonton Oilers at Pepsi Center. Hejduk took part in the morning skate Tuesday and is expected to practice Wednesday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 3:46 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Dubnyk back in goal for Oilers

DENVER -- Devan Dubnyk will start in goal for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

He left the Oilers' game Sunday at the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period because of a sore neck following a collision with teammate Teemu Hartikainen after stopping the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa on a breakaway.

Dubnyk is 5-3-1 with a 2.24 goals-against average in 10 games against Colorado. The Oilers are 2-4-2 in the first eight games of their current nine-game trip which started Feb. 25 with a 3-2 overtime loss in Chicago.

Colorado right wing Milan Hejduk took part in the morning skate Tuesday and is expected to practice Wednesday. Hejduk is on injured reserve with a torso injury. He will miss his fifth consecutive game Tuesday, might be available for the Avs' game Thursday at the Minnesota Wild.

Here are the projected lineups for the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche for their game Tuesday at Pepsi Center:

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Posted On Sunday, 03.10.2013 / 2:48 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Sharks, Avalanche

DENVER -- Here are the projected lineups for Sunday night's game between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

SHARKS

Logan CoutureJoe ThorntonTommy Wingels

Tim KennedyPatrick MarleauJoe Pavelski

Ryane CloweScott GomezJames Sheppard/TJ Galiardi

Andrew DesjardinsMichal HandzusAdam Burish

Matt IrwinDan Boyle

Brad StuartMarc-Edouard Vlasic

Douglas MurrayJustin Braun

Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

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Posted On Friday, 03.08.2013 / 6:03 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Blackhawks, Avalanche

DENVER – Here are the projected lineups for Friday night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

Blackhawks right wing Patrick Sharp will miss between three and four weeks with what coach Joel Quenneville said is an upper-body injury suffered in Wednesday’s game against the Avalanche. Kane won’t need surgery, Quenneville said. Right wing Marian Hossa will play after missing Wednesday’s game with an upper-body injury.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 2:55 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Flames, Avalanche

DENVER -- Here are the projected lineups for Thursday night's game between the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.

FLAMES

Alex TanguayMatt StajanJarome Iginla

Curtis GlencrossMike CammalleriLee Stempniak

Sven BaertschiBlake Comeau -- Jiri Hudler

Akim AliuSteve BeginTim Jackman

Mark Giordano -- Jay Bouwmeester

Chris ButlerCory Sarich

TJ BrodieDennis Wideman

Joey MacDonald

Daniel Taylor


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