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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Rangers

Philipp Grubauer expected to start in net

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

NEW YORK--The Colorado Avalanche closes its three-game road trip tonight at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. Game time is at 5:30 p.m. MT, and it will be nationally televised on NBCSN.

The contest will be the second in as many nights for Colorado, which lost 1-0 at the New York Islanders on Monday at Nassau Coliseum. The Avs opened the trip with 5-2 victory at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer is expected to get the start in net for the Avs after Pavel Francouz played in the game on Long Island.

The Avalanche did not hold a morning skate today so its exact lineup likely won't be known until just prior to puck drop.

Below is Colorado's projected lineup based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings from the start of Monday's outing. They are subject to change.

92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 72 Joonas Donskoi
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 91 Nazem Kadri - 11 Matt Calvert
95 Andre Burakovsky - 37 J.T. Compher - 96 Mikko Rantanen
17 Tyson Jost - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 83 Matt Nieto

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

31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz

Healthy Scratches: Mark Barberio, Vladislav Kamenev
Injury Report: Colin Wilson (lower body, out indefinitely)

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