The Colorado Avalanche completes its 11th and final back-to-back set of the 2018-19 season tonight at Pepsi Center against the Edmonton Oilers.
The Avs fell 3-2 in a shootout last night at the St. Louis Blues and finished the year with a 5-3-3 record in the first game when playing on consecutive days. Colorado owns a 4-3-3 mark in the second outings of these sets.
It is the third and final time the Avalanche and Oilers will meet this campaign. The clubs split the first two matchups, with Colorado winning 4-1 on Nov. 11 in Edmonton and the Oilers prevailing 6-4 on Dec. 11 in Denver.
Because the Avs are playing on consecutive days, the team did not hold a morning skate so its exact lineup won't be known until closer to the 7 p.m. MT puck drop.
Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made his eighth consecutive start in Monday's shootout loss and finished with 25 saves, including 14 in the first period. He owns a 6-0-2 record, 1.59 goals-against average and .954 save percentage in his career-high eight straight starts.
Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar has traditionally split up his goalie starts during back-to-back sets, but he started Grubauer in both outings when Colorado had a home-and-home set with the Chicago Blackhawks on March 23-24.
Bednar also used Semyon Varlmov in both games when the Avs played on Feb. 9-10 at the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. Varlamov made 32 saves in his last outing on March 15 versus the Anaheim Ducks.
Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup based on the forward combinations and defensive pairings from Monday's matchup with the Blues. They are subject to change.
13 Alexander Kerfoot - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 37 J.T. Compher
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 34 Carl Soderberg - 22 Colin Wilson
83 Matt Nieto - 17 Tyson Jost - 11 Matt Calvert
10 Sven Andrighetto - 18 Derick Brassard - 57 Gabriel Bourque
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
28 Ian Cole - 4 Tyson Barrie
16 Nikita Zadorov - 12 Patrik Nemeth
31 Philipp Grubauer OR 1 Semyon Varlamov
Healthy Scratches: 26 Andrew Agozzino, 27 Ryan Graves, 44 Mark Barberio
Injury Report: 91 Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder), 96 Mikko Rantanen (upper body)