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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Flames

Pavel Francouz to get the start in net

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Pavel Francouz will be between the pipes for the Colorado Avalanche tonight against the Calgary Flames.

It will be the third straight game Francouz has appeared in after he made 38 saves at the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and stopped all 16 shots in relief of an injured Philipp Grubauer at the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Grubauer is day-to-day with a lower-body injury but participated in Colorado's skate this morning.

Francouz ranks fifth in the NHL with a .931 save percentage and is seventh in goals-against average (2.24). He has won his last five decisions, going 5-0-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .941 save percentage during the stretch.

Colorado recalled goaltender Adam Werner from the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles after the Avs' morning skate. He has played in two contests with the Avalanche this season and is 1-1-0 with a .914 save percentage.

Rookie defenseman Cale Makar will miss his first game of the year as he is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Fellow rearguard Calle Rosen will enter the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the past two contests. Rosen has one assist in four outings with the Avs this season and is averaging 14:30 of ice time per game.

Matt Calvert will be back in the lineup after missing Saturday's outing versus the Bruins on personal leave. With his return, Colorado made a roster move and reassigned forward T.J. Tynan to the Eagles. Tynan has one assist in 14 outings with the Avs this year and is averaging 8:44 of ice time.

Tonight's outing is the first of a three-game homestand for the Avs, who will also host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday and New Jersey Devils on Friday. It also concludes the three-game season series between the Avalanche and Flames. Colorado took the first two meetings, winning 5-3 on opening night at Pepsi Center and 3-2 on Nov. 19 in Calgary.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings from the start of the previous game at Boston, with Calvert taking Tynan's place and Rosen slotted into Makar's spot. They are expected to change.

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

16 Nikita Zadorov - 48 Calle Rosen
27 Ryan Graves - 49 Samuel Girard
44 Mark Barberio - 28 Ian Cole

39 Pavel Francouz
30 Adam Werner

Injury Report: Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Erik Johnson (lower body), Nazem Kadri (lower body), Cale Makar (upper body), Colin Wilson (lower body)

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