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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Coyotes

Colorado wraps up back-to-back set in Arizona

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Pavel Francouz is expected to be between the pipes as the Colorado Avalanche wraps up a back-to-back set tonight at the Arizona Coyotes.

Francouz stopped 34 shots and earned this first NHL win in his first career start when the Avs skated to a 3-2 overtime victory in the first meeting of the year with the Coyotes on Oct. 12 at Pepsi Center.

Colorado is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars in Denver on Friday. Nathan MacKinnon scored the lone goal for the Avs, extending his season-opening point streak to 13 games.

The Avalanche did not hold a morning skate today, so the team's exact lineup won't be known until closer to puck drop.

The Avs are 2-1-0 in the first contest of a back-to-back this year and 1-1-0 in the second. Colorado swept its first consecutive-night series on Oct. 18-19 at the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and split its second, winning on Oct. 25 at the Vegas Golden Knights and falling to the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 26. The team will play 12 total back-to-backs this year.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup, with the forward combinations and defensive pairings based on how they were at the start of Friday's game against Dallas. They are subject to change.

91 Nazem Kadri - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 72 Joonas Donskoi
95 Andre Burakovsky - 17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher
83 Matt Nieto - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 11 Matt Calvert
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 12 Jayson Megna

49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
28 Ian Cole - 8 Cale Makar
16 Nikita Zadorov - 27 Ryan Graves

39 Pavel Francouz
31 Philipp Grubauer

Expected Scratch: Mark Barberio
Injuries: Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)

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