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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Blues

Colorado hosts St. Louis in an afternoon affair

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche returns home today to open a three-game homestand against the St. Louis Blues.

The outing with St. Louis marks the third of four meetings between the clubs this campaign and the second and final matchup in the Mile High City. Colorado lost each of the first two contests, both in overtime, and the season series will wrap up on April 1 at the Blues.

It is also the third of six afternoon contests at Pepsi Center this year and the eighth overall for Colorado. The Avs are scheduled for 13 day games (5 p.m. start time or earlier), and they are 3-2-2 in these outings so far this campaign.

Due to the 1 p.m. MT puck drop, Colorado did not hold a morning skate today so the team's exact lineup won't be known until closer to game time.

Dominic Toninato scored his first NHL goal and Gabriel Landeskog tallied his 30th marker of the season in the Avs' last game on Thursday at the Winnipeg Jets. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who is expected to get the start against St. Louis, was between the pipes and made 24 saves in his 37th appearance of the season.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup based on how the forward combinations and defensive pairings were to begin Thursday's contest at Winnipeg. They are subject to change.

Forwards

92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
13 Alexander Kerfoot - 17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher
83 Matt Nieto - 34 Carl Soderberg - 11 Matt Nieto
10 Sven Andrighetto - 47 Dominic Toninato - 24 A.J. Greer

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

1 Semyon Varlamov OR 31 Philipp Grubauer

Healthy Scratch: 57 Gabriel Bourque

Injury Report: 15 Sheldon Dries (illness), 22 Colin Wilson (upper body), 28 Ian Cole (upper body), 44 Mark Barberio (upper body), 91 Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder)

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