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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Senators

Colorado makes its only trip to Ottawa this year

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

OTTAWA, Ontario--The Colorado Avalanche continues its five-game road trip tonight at the Ottawa Senators, the lone Canadian city stop of the Avs' journey.

Colorado is 1-1-0 so far on this trip, having lost 6-3 at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday before rebounding with a 6-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. This trip concludes with a back-to-back at the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild on Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight's matchup at Canadian Tire Centre is the first of two meetings between the Avalanche and Senators this year, both of which will take place less than a week apart as the Avs host Ottawa this Tuesday in Denver.

Colorado recalled defenseman Calle Rosen from the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles on Wednesday after the Avs loaned Mark Barberio to the Eagles on a conditioning assignment.

Rosen is expected to be a healthy scratch for the game alongside forward Vladislav Kamenev as they were the only skaters to take part in an optional morning skate. The Avalanche's exact lineup, including starting goalie, won't be known until closer to the 5:30 p.m. MT puck drop.

Head coach Jared Bednar did not reveal his netminder following Wednesday's practice, with both Philipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz possible candidates to guard the pipes. Grubauer has played the first two contests of this trip and made 23-of-24 saves in his last outing, while Francouz's last start was Jan. 20 versus the Detroit Red Wings.

Below is the Avalanche projected lineup based on how the team began its 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.

Forwards

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

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

31 Philipp Grubauer OR 39 Pavel Francouz

Healthy Scratches: Vladislav Kamenev, Calle Rosen

Injury Report: Colin Wilson (lower body, out indefinitely)

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