Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Kings
Martin Kaut recalled from the Colorado Eaglesby Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
LOS ANGELES--The Colorado Avalanche takes on the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Staples Center to wrap up its 12th and final back-to-back set of the season.
It is also the last time the Avs and Kings will meet this season, and Colorado is 1-1-0 so far in the season series. Tonight's contest also finishes a three-game West Coast road trip for the Avalanche and a stretch that saw the club playing eight-of-10 away from home.
The Avs did not hold a morning skate today, so the club's exact lineup won't be known until closer to game time.
Colorado has swept each of its last three back-to-backs, the first time the Avalanche has swept three straight since October 2009. In fact, the Avs have swept more than half (six) of their 11 back-to-backs this year. The club is 9-3-0 in the first contest of a back-to-back and 6-4-1 in the second.
Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz has started 10 of the last 11 games and has played in each contest of Colorado's previous two back-to-back series. He guarded the pipes in both of the Avs' wins on Feb 21-22 at the Anaheim Ducks and Kings, as well as for both of the team's victories on Feb. 28-29 at the Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators.
Colorado made a transaction with the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles earlier in the day, recalling forward Martin Kaut from its minor-league affiliate. It is unknown if Kaut will suit up against the Kings.
Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup based on the alignment from Sunday night's 4-3 win at the San Jose Sharks. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 90 Vladislav Namestnikov
17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher - 72 Joonas Donskoi
83 Matt Nieto - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 13 Valeri Nichushkin
15 Sheldon Dries - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 25 Logan O'Connor
27 Ryan Graves - 49 Samuel Girard
28 Ian Cole - 6 Erik Johnson
7 Kevin Connauton - 44 Mark Barberio
39 Pavel Francouz OR 35 Michael Hutchinson
Healthy Scratches: Martin Kaut, Nikita Zadorov
Injury Report: Andre Burakovsky (upper body/lower body), Matt Calvert (lower body), Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Nazem Kadri (lower body), Cale Makar (upper body), Mikko Rantanen (upper body), Colin Wilson (lower body)