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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Jets

More changes coming after another injury

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

WINNIPEG, Manitoba--The Colorado Avalanche was struck once again by the injury bug in its previous game, forcing head coach Jared Bednar to make more lineup adjustments for tonight's contest against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place.

They are expected to be fairly minor as Tyson Jost will take a center spot that was previously held by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who is currently in concussion protocol following a hit on Saturday by the Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno that resulted in a three-game suspension.

Bellemare and goalie Philipp Grubauer (lower body) are among six players currently on the squad's injury list. The two Avs are on the road trip and participated in morning skate, but they won't play this evening.

"We're shifting around a couple things with our lines, playing with a few things," Bednar said following the pregame practice. "With Bellemare out of the lineup, Jost will go back to center."

Jayson Megna, who was a healthy scratch in the club's 4-2 win against Columbus, will return to the lineup and skate in his fifth game of the season. The Avalanche recalled defenseman Kevin Connauton and forward Logan O'Connor from the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles on Monday, but neither skater will dress against the Jets.

Goaltender Pavel Francouz will make his third straight start in net for the Avs.

Below is Colorado's projected lineup for this evening, based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings from Monday's practice. They are subject to change.

72 Joonas Donskoi - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 11 Matt Calvert
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 91 Nazem Kadri - 37 J.T. Compher
83 Matt Nieto - 17 Tyson Jost - 95 Andre Burakovsky
12 Jayson Megna - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 36 T.J. Tynan

49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
28 Ian Cole - 44 Mark Barberio

39 Pavel Francouz
30 Adam Werner

Healthy Scratches: Kevin Connauton, Logan O'Connor

Injuries Report: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (concussion protocol), Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body), Nikita Zadorov (broken jaw)

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