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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Oilers

Defenseman Calle Rosen enters lineup for Colorado

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Calle Rosen will make his Colorado Avalanche debut this evening when the team hosts the Edmonton Oilers at Pepsi Center.

Rosen will replace Erik Johnson in the lineup as the veteran defenseman will miss the next "handful of games" with a lower-body injury, head coach Jared Bednar said after morning skate. Johnson was hurt in Saturday's contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs after being pushed into the boards by Alexander Kerfoot, who drew a two-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety afterward.

Samuel Girard will begin the game as Rosen's defensive partner, while the rest of Colorado's defense will be the same as it was in Tuesday's practice: Cale Makar with Nikita Zadorov and Ian Cole with Ryan Graves.

Rosen, 25, joined the Avalanche in a trade with Toronto on July 1 that also included Nazem Kadri. He had registered eight points (one goal, eight assists) in 13 games with the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League this year before being recalled to the Avs on Sunday afternoon.

The Vaxjo, Sweden, native has a goal and an assist in eight career NHL contests with the Maple Leafs over the past two seasons.

Among the forward trios, Bednar will move Tyson Jost back onto a line with Kadri and J.T. Compher, while Matt Nieto will play with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Valeri Nichushkin. Vladislav Kamenev, Logan O'Connor and T.J. Tynan make up the fourth line.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer will get his fourth straight start in net, and defenseman Mark Barberio will be Colorado's lone healthy scratch. Matt Calvert (head), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body) and Colin Wilson (lower body) join Johnson on the Avs' injured list.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup for the game against the Oilers. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.

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

49 Samuel Girard - 48 Calle Rosen
16 Nikita Zadorov - 8 Cale Makar
27 Ryan Graves - 28 Ian Cole

31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz

Healthy Scratch: Mark Barberio

Injury Report: Matt Calvert (head), Erik Johnson (lower body), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body)

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