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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Blackhawks

Colin Wilson returns to the lineup

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche forward Colin Wilson will return to the lineup for tonight's game at the Chicago Blackhawks after being out for the last eight with a head injury.

Wilson has missed just over two weeks of action after getting hurt in the March 2 contest versus the Minnesota Wild. He has 16 points (six goals and 10 assists) in 51 games this year.

The forward was a full participant in morning skate and will be on the club's fourth line tonight with Alexander Kerfoot and Gabriel Bourque.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov will once again draw into the crease for Colorado. It will be the 18th consecutive game that he's played in and fifth straight start. Since Feb. 26, he's posted a record of 6-1-3 with a 2.06 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in 11 games.

In 20 career contests against Chicago, Varlamov has posted an 11-6-2 record, 2.36 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and three shutouts.

Fellow goalie Jonathan Bernier continues to make progress from a head injury that has kept him out for the last four contests. He participated in morning skate in Chicago but won't be the backup this evening. Rookie Spencer Martin will support Varlamov from the bench for the fifth straight game.

There is a question mark on if Carl Soderberg will dress this evening, as head coach Jared Bednar said the center is under the weather. If he can't play then Dominic Toninato will draw into the lineup.

Defensemen Mark Alt, Anton Lindholm and Duncan Siemens and forwards Vladislav Kamenev and Nail Yakupov are Colorado's anticipated healthy scratches. Toninato will also be scratched if Soderberg does play.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup. All line combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.


92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher - 10 Sven Andrighetto
83 Matt Nieto - 34 Carl Soderberg / 47 Dominic Toninato* - 14 Blake Comeau
57 Gabriel Bourque - 13 Alexander Kerfoot - 22 Colin Wilson


12 Patrik Nemeth - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 4 Tyson Barrie
5 David Warsofsky - 49 Samuel Girard


1 Semyon Varlamov (Starter)
30 Spencer Martin (Backup)

*Toninato will play if Carl Soderberg (under the weather) can't play

Healthy Scratches: Mark Alt, Vladislav Kamenev, Anton Lindholm, Duncan Siemens, Dominic Toninato*, Nail Yakupov

Injury Report: Mark Barberio (upper body), Jonathan Bernier (head), Andrew Hammond (head)

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