Defenseman Cale Makar will be a game-time decision this evening when the Colorado Avalanche takes on the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.
The 22-year-old missed his first game of the season with an upper-body injury when the clubs met on Sunday, a 1-0 loss for Colorado. Makar is second on the Avs in scoring with 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 11 contests so far this year.
"Still day-to-day, technically he is probably a game-time decision here for tonight," head coach Jared Bednar said after Colorado's morning skate. "I'll get word on how he feels and then he'll let me know if he is good for tonight or not. So he is close, I just don't know if it's going to be tonight or not. As of right now, the lineup is staying the same."
Philipp Grubauer is expected to make his 11th start of the year after stopping 23-of-24 shots in Colorado's last outing on Sunday. He owns a 7-3-0 record this season with a 1.61 goals-against average and .937 save percentage.
Grubauer will be backed up by Adam Werner, who also dressed in the Avs' last outing. With Hunter Miska out due to COVID protocols, the Avalanche recalled goaltender Peyton Jones to its taxi squad this morning.
Tonight's contest is the second of four straight matchups between these division rivals. They will play outdoors at Lake Tahoe on Saturday before ending the four-game set at Ball Arena on Monday.
Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings from Sunday's matchup. They are subject to change.
20 Brandon Saad - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
95 Andre Burakovsky - 91 Nazem Kadri - 72 Joonas Donskoi
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 37 J.T. Compher - 25 Logan O'Connor
12 Jayson Megna - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 15 Sheldon Dries
7 Devon Toews - 22 Conor Timmins
4 Bowen Byram - 9 Dennis Gilbert
34 Jacob MacDonald and/or 27 Ryan Graves and/or 8 Cale Makar
31 Philipp Grubauer
30 Adam Werner
Injury Report: Matt Calvert (upper body), Pavel Francouz (lower body), Samuel Girard (COVID protocol), Erik Johnson (upper body), Tyson Jost (COVID protocol), Gabriel Landeskog (COVID protocol), Cale Makar (upper body), Hunter Miska (COVID protocol), Kiefer Sherwood (COVID protocol)
Taxi Squad: Kyle Burroughs, Peyton Jones, Dan Renouf, Miikka Salomaki, T.J. Tynan