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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Maple Leafs

Avs return to Pepsi Center after five-game road trip

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

The Colorado Avalanche returns home tonight to host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Pepsi Center in its annual Hockey Fights Cancer game.

Due to the 5 p.m. start time, Colorado did not hold a morning skate so its exact lineup won't be known until closer to puck drop.

It is the Avalanche's first home outing in two weeks (Nov. 9 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets), already the second time this season the Avs have had a two-week stretch away from the Mile High City. Colorado, which has played only nine home contests, will be the third-to-last team to play its 10th home game in 2019-20 (Minnesota, Tampa).

The Avs just finished a five-game, 11-day road trip, falling 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday to conclude the trek with a 3-2-0 record. It was Colorado's second of three road trips that featured five or more games this season, as this campaign is just the second time in franchise history to have three road trips of at least five games (also 1999-00).

Forward Tyson Jost has missed the last three contests with an upper-body injury but is getting closer to a return. Head coach Jared Bednar said he is doubtful for the outing versus Toronto after the 21-year-old was a full-participant in an optional practice

On Friday afternoon, the Avs reassigned forward Jayson Megan to the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles. He has three goals and one assist in eight games with the Eagles and has skated in eight contests with the Avalanche.

Below is Colorado's projected lineup based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings from the start of the Avalanche's previous game at Minnesota, with A.J. Greer taking Megna's place. They are subject to change.

95 Andre Burakovsky - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 72 Joonas Donskoi
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 91 Nazem Kadri - 37 J.T. Compher
83 Matt Nieto - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 24 A.J. Greer
36 T.J. Tynan - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 25 Logan O'Connor

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

31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz

Healthy Scratch: Mark Barberio

Injury Report: Matt Calvert (head), Tyson Jost (upper body), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)

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