The Colorado Avalanche will make two changes to its lineup tonight against the Boston Bruins. Forward Colin Wilson and defenseman Mark Barberio will each be making their season debuts for the Avs.
Wilson replaces J.T. Compher, who is out with a lower-body injury and has not skated since Colorado's game against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Wilson missed the first two games of the year after he was injured for most of training camp and the preseason, and he will be on a line with Tyson Jost and Matt Nieto against Boston.
Barberio will enter the lineup on a pairing with Ryan Graves, a spot that Conor Timmins occupied in the first two outings of the campaign before he was reassigned to the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League on Monday.
Colorado's top line of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen will remain intact while the second trio will feature Nazem Kadri between Joonas Donskoi and Andre Burakovsky. The final Avs forward grouping is expected to include Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Matt Calvert and Valeri Nichushkin.
Philipp Grubauer was the first goaltender off the ice from morning skate and is expected to get the start in net for the third straight game. He has been between the pipes twice against Boston and is 2-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average and .964 save percentage.
Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
72 Joonas Donskoi- 91 Nazem Kadri - 95 Andre Burakovsky
83 Matt Nieto - 17 Tyson Jost - 22 Colin Wilson
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 11 Matt Calvert
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 8 Cale Makar
27 Ryan Graves - 44 Mark Barberio
31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz
Healthy Scratches: Kevin Connauton, Vladislav Kamenev
Injury Report: J.T. Compher (lower body)