BOSTON--Philipp Grubauer will make his 18th start of the season tonight when the Colorado Avalanche takes on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
Grubauer has played against the Bruins three times in his career and owns a 3-0-0 record with a 1.32 goals-against average and .959 save percentage in those outings. The Rosenheim, Germany, native has also won three straight starts, posting a 1.67 goals-against average and .943 save percentage during this stretch.
The outing in Boston concludes a three-game, Atlantic Division road swing for the Avs, who are 2-0-0 so far on the trip. The Avalanche is coming off a 3-2 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and has won five straight outings, matching the team's longest win streak of the season.
Nazem Kadri will miss his second game in a row with a lower-body injury, and Vladislav Kamenev will come back into the lineup after missing the last two outings with an illness. Head coach Jared Bednar said after today's morning skate that Kamenev will play on a line with Tyson Jost and T.J. Tynan.
Matt Calvert will not also be out versus the Bruins as he is on personal leave. Bednar noted that Matt Nieto will take Calvert's spot on a trio with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Valeri Nichushkin.
The team's defensive pairings will be the same as they were in Colorado's 3-2 win at Montreal on Thursday.
Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.
96 Mikko Rantanen - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 72 Joonas Donskoi
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 37 J.T. Compher - 95 Andre Burakovsky
83 Matt Nieto - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 13 Valeri Nichushkin
81 Vladislav Kamenev - 17 Tyson Jost - 36 T.J. Tynan
27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
16 Nikita Zadorov - 49 Samuel Girard
44 Mark Barberio - 28 Ian Cole
39 Pavel Francouz
31 Philipp Grubauer
Scratches: Calle Rosen, Matt Calvert (personal leave)
Injury Report: Erik Johnson (lower body), Nazem Kadri (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)