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Game 2 Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Sharks

Colorado is mixing up its defensive pairings

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche looks to tie its Second-Round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks this afternoon at SAP Center.

San Jose scored four unanswered goals to win 5-2 in the first game of the best-of-seven set on Friday night.

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said he won't make any changes to his game personnel, but his defensive pairings will look a bit different. Puck-moving blueliners Samuel Girard and Cale Makar will be paired together to start the game, while Erik Johnson will play with Ian Cole. The duo of Tyson Barrie and Nikita Zadorov is expected to remain the same.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer, who stopped 22 shots in the Round 2 opener, has started every game of the postseason for Colorado and will once again guard the pipes.

Sven Andrighetto, Mark Barberio, Ryan Graves and Patrik Nemeth will be the Avs' healthy scratches.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup for Game 2. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.


92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 13 Alexander Kerfoot
22 Colin Wilson - 34 Carl Soderberg - 96 Mikko Rantanen
83 Matt Nieto - 37 J.T. Compher - 11 Matt Calvert
57 Gabriel Bourque - 17 Tyson Jost - 18 Derick Brassard


49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 4 Tyson Barrie
28 Ian Cole - 8 Cale Makar


31 Philipp Grubauer (starter)
1 Semyon Varlamov (backup)

Healthy Scratches: 10 Sven Andrighetto, 12 Patrik Nemeth, 27 Ryan Graves, 44 Mark Barberio

Injury Report: 91 Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder)

Video: Bednar's press conference before Game 2


San Jose Sharks will make one change to their lineup for Sunday's matinee, replacing rookie forward Dylan Gambrell with Michael Haley. Haley is expected to play on a line with Barclay Goodrow and Melker Karlsson.

Martin Jones will start in goal for San Jose after 26 saves on Friday.

Below are the forward combinations and defensive pairings for Game 2, courtesy of


28 Timo Meier - 39 Logan Couture - 14 Gustav Nyquist
9 Evander Kane - 48 Tomas Hertl - 52 Lukas Radil
20 Marcus Sorensen - 19 Joe Thornton - 62 Kevin Lablanc
18 Michael Haley - 23 Barclay Goodrow - 68 Melker Karlsson


44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic - 88 Brent Burns
4 Brenden Dillon - 65 Erik Karlsson
47 Joakim Ryan - 61 Justin Braun


31 Martin Jones (starter)
30 Aaron Dell (backup)

Scratches: 7 Dylan Gambrell, 8 Joe Pavelski, 27 Joonas Donskoi, 51 Radim Simek, 72 Tim Heed

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