DENVER -- Off to the best start in franchise history, the Central Division-leading Colorado Avalanche close out a two-game homestand Sunday evening against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center.
The Avalanche have posted a 9-1-0 record to tie the 1994-95 Quebec Nordiques, who also won nine of their first 10 games and went 12-1-0 in their first 13 games. The Avalanche also registered 18 points in their first 10 games in the 2000-01 Stanley Cup championship season when they went 8-0-2 and improved to 9-0-2 before losing in regulation for the first time.
Semyon Varlamov will start in goal for the Avalanche, who have won three games in a row. Varlamov has won six of seven starts with a 1.73 goals-against average and .948 save percentage.
Al Montoya is expected to give goalie Ondrej Pavelec a break and make his second start of the season for the Jets. Montoya made 24 saves Oct. 13 in the Jets' 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils.
Pavelec made 35 saves and stopped all three shootout shots he faced Saturday in the Jets' 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars. The Jets have played three consecutive overtime or shootout games. They lost a 5-4 shootout decision to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday and lost 3-2 in overtime to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.
Here are the projected lineups:
Andrew Ladd -- Bryan Little -- Devin Setoguchi
Evander Kane -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler
Anthony Peluso -- Olli Jokinen -- Michael Frolik
Eric Tangradi -- James Wright -- Matt Halischuk
Dustin Byfuglien -- Grant Clitsome
Tobias Enstrom -- Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma
Injured: Jim Slater (lower body), Jacob Trouba (neck)
Scratches: Patrice Cormier, Adam Pardy, Chris Thorburn
Ryan O'Reilly -- Matt Duchene -- Steve Downie
Gabriel Landeskog -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tanguay
Jamie McGinn -- Nathan MacKinnon -- PA Parenteau
Marc-Andre Cliche -- John Mitchell -- Patrick Bordeleau
Andre Benoit -- Cory Sarich
Jan Hejda -- Erik Johnson
Ryan Wilson -- Nate Guenin
Scratches: Tyson Barrie, Nick Holden
Suspended: Cody McLeod