Pavel Francouz will once again be between the pipes for the Colorado Avalanche this evening when the team takes on the New Jersey Devils, but this time he will be backed up by Philipp Grubauer.
Francouz has played in the past four games for Colorado and is 6-0-1 with a 2.17 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in his last nine appearances. The Plzen, Czech Republic, native is second among all netminders in winning percentage (.773, 8-2-1) this season, behind only the Washington Capitals' Braden Holtby (.783, 16-3-4).
Grubauer last played on Saturday at the Boston Bruins and left the game at the 17:25 mark of the first period with a lower-body injury, but he was able to end the contest on the bench. Adam Werner served as the backup netminder for the past two games while Grubauer has recovered from his ailment. The Avalanche reassigned Werner to the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles on Thursday.
Tonight's contest is the first of two meetings between Colorado and New Jersey this season. The Avalanche won both matchups last year, including a 3-0 shutout at Pepsi Center on March 17.
The outing concludes a three-game homestand for the Avs. They are 1-0-1 so far on the home stay, falling 5-4 in overtime to the Calgary Flames on Monday and defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 on Wednesday.
Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings at the start of Colorado's previous game against the Flyers. They are subject to change.
95 Andre Burakovsky - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 72 Joonas Donskoi
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 91 Nazem Kadri - 96 Mikko Rantanen
11 Matt Calvert - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 13 Valeri Nichushkin
83 Matt Nieto - 17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher
16 Nikita Zadorov - 49 Samuel Girard
27 Ryan Graves - 28 Ian Cole
48 Calle Rosen - 44 Mark Barberio
39 Pavel Francouz
31 Philipp Grubauer
Healthy Scratch: Vladislav Kamenev
Injury Report: Erik Johnson (lower body), Cale Makar (upper body), Colin Wilson (lower body)