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Erik Johnson to return to the lineup after being out for 13 games

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Update: 12:05 p.m. MT

The Colorado Avalanche announced on Sunday that defenseman Erik Johnson will return to the lineup after missing the last four weeks with an upper-body injury. Johnson missed 13 games after getting hurt on Feb. 18 versus the Edmonton Oilers.

It is unknown who he will be paired with on defense, but Johnson was playing with Nikita Zadorov at the time of his injury.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov is anticipated to get his fourth consecutive start in net and play in his 17th straight outing. He has played in every Avalanche contest since Feb. 14, while goalies Jonathan Bernier and Andrew Hammond have been out with head injuries.

Since Valentine's Day, Varlamov has a 7-3-4 record with a 2.53 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.

Rookie forward Vladislav Kamenev was recalled from a conditioning assignment with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League on Saturday afternoon. He broke his arm in his first game with the Avalanche on Nov. 16, and it is unknown if he will play on Sunday.

The Avs did not practice on Saturday, so exact lineup isn't known at this time. Below are Colorado's forward and defensive combinations that the team used in its game on Friday versus the Nashville Predators.

Defensemen Mark Alt and Anton Lindholm and forward Nail Yakupov were Colorado's healthy scratches against Nashville.

Avalanche Lineup vs. Predators on March 16

92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
17 Tyson Jost - 37 J.T. Compher - 10 Sven Andrighetto
83 Matt Nieto - 34 Carl Soderberg - 14 Blake Comeau
57 Gabriel Bourque - 13 Alexander Kerfoot - 47 Dominic Toninato


16 Nikita Zadorov - 4 Tyson Barrie
12 Patrik Nemeth - 49 Samuel Girard
15 Duncan Siemens - 5 David Warsofsky

*Erik Johnson to return to the lineup on Sunday


1 Semyon Varlamov (Starter)
30 Spencer Martin (Backup)

Healthy Scratches: Mark Alt, Vladislav Kamenev, Anton Lindholm, Nail Yakupov

Injury Report: Mark Barberio (upper body), Jonathan Bernier (head), Andrew Hammond (head), Colin Wilson (head)

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