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Hejduk makes return to Avalanche lineup

Friday, 04.19.2013 / 3:20 PM

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

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Hejduk makes return to Avalanche lineup

DENVER -- Right wing Milan Hejduk will return to the Colorado Avalanche lineup Friday against the Edmonton Oilers after missing nine games, five with a torso injury and the past four as a healthy scratch.

Avalanche coach Joe Sakic said he hadn't decided where Hejduk would play or who he would replace.

"He'll probably get some power-play time and he may bounce around a little bit with some different line combinations," Sacco said.

Goalie Semyon Varlamov will start for the first time since the Avalanche's 4-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on April 6. He missed four games with hip and groin injuries and dressed as the backup for Jean-Sebastien Giguere in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Goalie Devan Dubnyk will start for the Oilers. Dubnyk made 35 saves in a 4-0 win against the Avalanche on March 12. He has a 6-3-1 record with a 2.03 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in 10 career decisions against Colorado.

Here are the projected lineups for Friday's game:

OILERS

Taylor HallSam GagnerNail Yakupov

Magnus PaajarviRyan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle

Shawn HorcoffAnton LanderRyan Jones

Ryan SmythJerred SmithsonMike Brown

Ladislav SmidJustin Schultz

Ryan WhitneyJeff Petry

Nick SchultzCorey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin

Scratched: Mark Fistric, Teemu Hartikainen, Lennart Petrell

Injured: Eric Belanger (groin), Ales Hemsky (foot), Theo Peckham (ill)

AVALANCHE

John MitchellMatt DuchenePA Parenteau

Cody McLeodRyan O'Reilly -- Gabriel Landeskog

Jamie McGinnPaul StastnyMilan Hejduk

Patrick BordeleauChuck KobasewDavid Jones/David Van Der Gulik

Greg ZanonTyson Barrie

Jan HejdaStefan Elliott

Matt HunwickShane O'Brien

Semyon Varlamov

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Scratched: David Jones or David Van Der Gulik, Mark Olver, Aaron Palushaj

Injured: Steve Downie (knee), Erik Johnson (hand), Ryan Wilson (ankle)

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