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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Sharks (March 3, 2021)

Colorado wraps up road trip in San Jose

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche won't make any changes to its lineup for tonight's game at SAP Center as the team wraps up its four-game road trip against the San Jose Sharks.

It is also the final outing of a two-game set in San Jose after the Avs fell 6-2 to the Sharks on Monday. Colorado is 2-1-0 so far on their western trek.

Rookie Bowen Byram will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury and fellow young blueliner Cale Makar (upper body) will be out for this third consecutive contest. With Dennis Gilbert and Erik Johnson also currently dealing with injuries, Dan Renouf and Conor Timmins will stay in Colorado's lineup on the backend.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer will start for the third game in a row for the Avs after stopping 21 shots on Monday.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings from Monday's contest. They are subject to change.

92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
20 Brandon Saad - 91 Nazem Kadri - 95 Andre Burakovsky
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 37 J.T. Compher - 72 Joonas Donskoi
17 Tyson Jost - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 25 Logan O'Connor

27 Ryan Graves - 49 Samuel Girard
34 Jacob MacDonald - 7 Devon Toews
2 Dan Renouf - 22 Conor Timmins

31 Philipp Grubauer
32 Hunter Miska

Taxi Squad: Sheldon Dries, Kiefer Sherwood, Adam Werner

Injury Report: Bowen Byram (upper body), Matt Calvert (upper body), Pavel Francouz (lower body), Dennis Gilbert (upper body), Erik Johnson (upper body), Cale Makar (upper body)

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