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Dubnyk back in goal for Oilers

Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 3:46 PM

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

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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, but 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:

OILERS

Taylor Hall - Shawn Horcoff - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Jones - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Nail Yakupov

Mike Brown - Ryan Smyth - Lennart Petrell

Ladislav Smid - Justin Schultz

Ryan Whitney - Jeff Petry

Nick Schultz - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Yann Danis

Scratched: Ben Eager, Teemu Hartikainen, Theo Peckham

Injured: Eric Belanger (groin), Mark Fistric (elbow), Nikolai Khabibulin (groin), Anton Lander (foot)

AVALANCHE

Jamie McGinn - Matt Duchene - PA Parenteau

Gabriel Landeskog - Paul Stastny - David Jones

John Mitchell - Ryan O'Reilly - Aaron Palushaj

Cody McLeod - Chuck Kobasew - Patrick Bordeleau

Ryan Wilson - Erik Johnson

Matt Hunwick - Ryan O'Byrne

Jan Hejda - Shane O'Brien

Semyon Varlamov

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Scratched: Tyson Barrie, Mark Olver, Greg Zanon

Injured: Steve Downie (knee), Milan Hejduk (torso)

Quote of the Day

[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday