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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Capitals

Philipp Grubauer to make third start against former club

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Before heading outdoors for the 2020 NHL Stadium Series, the Colorado Avalanche hosts the Washington Capitals tonight at Pepsi Center.

The game time has been moved to 7:30 p.m. MT, and the contest will be televised locally on Altitude and nationally on NBCSN (blackouts apply).

Colorado had a full morning skate on Thursday, and Philipp Grubauer was the first goaltender off the ice and will get the start against his former club. The ex-Capital keeper spent eight years with the Washington organization after being drafted in 2010, and he was part of the team's 2018 Stanley Cup championship.

Grubauer is 1-0-1 in two previous games against Washington and made 29 saves in the Avs' 6-3 victory over the Caps in the first meeting of the season back on Oct. 14.

The Avalanche has won five straight games after Grubauer posted a 34-save shutout in a 3-0 victory on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators, the first outing of the club's five-game homestand.

Defenseman Mark Barberio returned to the Avs this morning following a conditioning assignment with the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles over the past week. Barberio played in four games in Loveland and finished with a plus-3 rating and six penalty minutes.

Barberio will be the Avalanche's lone healthy scratch for the contest against the Capitals; head coach Jared Bednar said he won't make any changes to his lineup tonight.

Following this evening's contest, the Avs will hold an open-air practice at the Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium on Friday afternoon before facing the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Below is Colorado's projected lineup for tonight's game against Washington. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.

95 Andre Burakovsky - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 37 J.T. Compher - 72 Joonas Donskoi
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 11 Matt Calvert
17 Tyson Jost - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 83 Matt Nieto

27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 28 Ian Cole

31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz

Healthy Scratch: Mark Barberio

Injury Report: Nazem Kadri (lower body, out indefinitely), Colin Wilson (lower body, out indefinitely)

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