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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Wild

Philipp Grubauer starts in goal for Colorado

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

ST. PAUL, Minn.--The Colorado Avalanche will once again use a non-traditional lineup for tonight's game at the Minnesota Wild.

Avs head coach Jared Bednar said following morning skate that he isn't going to make any changes to his lineup, meaning the club will use a game roster that features 11 forwards and seven defensemen, the same as it did on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.

Ryan Graves will be the extra rear guard, while Andrew Agozzino and A.J. Greer will be the scratched forwards.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer will make his second consecutive start in net after stopping all 22 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory on Sunday versus New Jersey. Grubauer has posted three shutouts in his last five starts and has a 0.79 goals-against average and .971 save percentage in his last six appearances.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings from the start of Sunday's contest against the Devils. They are subject to change.


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


49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
28 Ian Cole - 4 Tyson Barrie
12 Patrik Nemeth - 16 Nikita Zadorov
27 Ryan Graves


31 Philipp Grubauer
1 Semyon Varlamov

Healthy Scratch: 24 A.J. Greer, 26 Andrew Agozzino

Injury Report: 44 Mark Barberio (lower body), 83 Matt Nieto (lower body), 91 Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder), 92 Gabriel Landeskog (upper body)

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