The Colorado Avalanche takes on the Detroit Red Wings today at Pepsi Center in the team's final game before the NHL All-Star Break and its league-mandated bye week.
Colorado will be playing its second consecutive afternoon contest as Monday marks the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday in the United States. The outing is the second of four such day affairs at home this season and is the last of a five-game homestand where the Avs have so far posted a 2-0-2 record.
The Avalanche did not have a morning skate today due to the 1 p.m. MT game time, so its exact lineup, including starting goalie, won't be known until closer to puck drop.
Head coach Jared Bednar did not reveal his netminder following Sunday's practice, with both Philipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz possible candidates to guard the pipes. Grubauer has played the past three contests and is 2-0-1 in those outings, while Francouz's last start was Jan. 10 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Joonas Donskoi was a full participant at Sunday's practice for the first time since missing the previous four games while in concussion protocol following a hit to the head on Jan. 7 at the New York Rangers. Donskoi won't play against the Red Wings, as Bednar said he wants the forward to take the 11-day break to be fully recovered and ready for when the team returns to game action on Feb. 1 at the Philadelphia Flyers.
Below is the Avalanche projected lineup based on how the team began its 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 91 Nazem Kadri - 95 Andre Burakovsky
11 Matt Calvert - 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 37 J.T. Compher
83 Matt Nieto - 17 Tyson Jost - 81 Vladislav Kamenev
27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 28 Ian Cole
31 Philipp Grubauer OR 39 Pavel Francouz
Healthy Scratches: Mark Barberio, Joonas Donskoi
Injury Report: Colin Wilson (lower body, out indefinitely)