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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Blue Jackets

Sven Andrighetto will be back in the lineup after missing 28 games with injury

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche faces the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight for the second and final time this season.

After missing more than two months with a lower-body injury, Sven Andrighetto will return to the lineup and is expected to be on a line with Gabriel Bourque and Dominic Toninato.

Andrighetto suffered his injury on Dec. 31 and has missed 28 games since. He has recorded 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 37 games during the 2017-18 campaign.

Semyon Varlamov is expected to get his 10th consecutive start in net. He has played in 40 games this season and owns a 18-13-5 record with a 2.81 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

Head coach Jared Bednar is switching up his forward lines after Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen have been together almost exclusively since Oct. 28. MacKinnon and Rantanen will start the game with Tyson Jost while Landeskog is expected to begin the contest with rookies J.T. Compher and Alexander Kerfoot.

All line combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.

Forwards

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

Defensemen

16 Nikita Zadorov - 4 Tyson Barrie
12 Patrik Nemeth - 49 Samuel Girard
15 Duncan Siemens - 54 Anton Lindholm

Goaltenders

1 Semyon Varlamov (Starter)
45 Jonathan Bernier (Backup)

Right wing Nail Yakupov and defenseman Mark Alt are expected to be the healthy scratches for the Avalanche.

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