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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Blackhawks

Anton Lindholm to make season debut

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

CHICAGO--Colorado Avalanche defenseman Anton Lindholm will make his season debut tonight when the Avs visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Lindholm was recalled from the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles on Sunday after recording one goal and one assist through 23 games this season.

The Skelleftea, Sweden, native has four assists in 62 NHL contests, all with Colorado. With Lindholm entering the lineup, fellow Swede Calle Rosen will be the Avalanche's defensive scratch.

Pavel Francouz will be between the pipes for Colorado. He is 7-0-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .938 save percentage in his last 10 games.

It is the first half of a back-to-back set for the Avalanche, as the squad will return home to host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

The contest is also the third meeting between Colorado and Chicago this year and the second and final one that will be played at United Center. The Avs won the first two matchups, sweeping a home-and-home, back-to-back set on Nov. 29-30. Colorado won 5-2 in Chicago to open the series and picked up a 7-3 victory at Pepsi Center the following day.

The Central Division rivals will wrap up the season series on Saturday night in the Mile High City.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings at the start of Colorado's previous game against the Blues, with Lindholm slotted into Rosen's spot. They are subject to change.


95 Andre Burakovsky - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 91 Nazem Kadri - 72 Joonas Donskoi
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 11 Matt Calvert
83 Matt Nieto - 17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher


16 Nikita Zadorov - 49 Samuel Girard
27 Ryan Graves - 28 Ian Cole
54 Anton Lindholm - 44 Mark Barberio


39 Pavel Francouz
31 Philipp Grubauer

Healthy Scratches: Vladislav Kamenev, Calle Rosen
Injury Report: Erik Johnson (lower body), Cale Makar (upper body), Colin Wilson (lower body)

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