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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Predators

Division rivals face off for the third time this season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche takes on the Nashville Predators this afternoon in a rare weekday matinee at Pepsi Center.

Colorado will be playing only its third weekday afternoon contest at home since moving to the Mile High City in 1995, and it is the second-straight year that the club will play a home matinee on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Avs' first home afternoon weekday game was on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, when they defeated the Predators 6-5 on Presidents Day.

Due to the 1 p.m. local start time, the Avalanche did not hold a morning skate so its exact lineup won't be known until closer to puck drop.

Colorado will have a different defensive alignment versus Nashville as Erik Johnson is expected to miss the team's next two games while recovering from a concussion suffered on Saturday versus the Los Angeles Kings.

The team added some reinforcements to its roster on Sunday as it recalled forward Dominic Toninato and defenseman Anton Lindholm from the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League. It is unknown if either will play.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup for today's matchup. The forward combinations and defensive pairings are based on the ones used during the club's last outing versus the Kings, with Johnson excluded.

Forwards

92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
22 Colin Wilson - 34 Carl Soderberg - 37 J.T. Compher
11 Matt Calvert - 13 Alexander Kerfoot - 10 Sven Andrighetto
57 Gabriel Bourque and/or 15 Sheldon Dries and/or 83 Matt Nieto and/or 47 Dominic Toninato

Defensemen

16 Nikita Zadorov - 12 Patrik Nemeth
28 Ian Cole - 4 Tyson Barrie
49 Samuel Girard - 44 Mark Barberio or 54 Anton Lindholm

Goaltenders

1 Semyon Varlamov or 31 Philipp Grubauer

Injury Report: 6 Erik Johnson (concussion), 91 Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder)

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