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Game 3 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Sharks

Sven Andrighetto returns to game action

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche will make a minor change to its lineup for Game 3 of its second-round series against the San Jose Sharks.

Forward Sven Andrighetto will return to game action this evening after being a healthy scratch for the past two contests. Head coach Jared Bednar did not specify which forward line Andrighetto will play on.

The addition of Andrighetto means the team will need to remove someone from the lineup, and that player is Matt Calvert. However, Calvert's subtraction is due to an upper-body injury.

This is the first outing of the season that Calvert will miss after he got hurt in the third period of Colorado's 4-3 victory on Sunday in San Jose. He played in all 82 games during the regular season for the first time in his NHL career.

Vladislav Kamenev has been cleared to play after recovering from shoulder surgery due an injury on Dec. 8, but he will not suit up this evening. However, Bednar said the forward is available for the club during the postseason

Defensemen Mark Barberio, Ryan Graves and Patrik Nemeth will be Colorado's other healthy scratches.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer will start for the eighth straight contest.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup for Game 3 versus the Sharks. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.

Forwards

92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 13 Alexander Kerfoot
22 Colin Wilson - 34 Carl Soderberg - 96 Mikko Rantanen
83 Matt Nieto - 37 J.T. Compher - 10 Sven Andrighetto
57 Gabriel Bourque - 17 Tyson Jost - 18 Derick Brassard

Defensemen

28 Ian Cole - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 4 Tyson Barrie
49 Samuel Girard - 8 Cale Makar

Goaltenders

31 Philipp Grubauer (starter)
1 Semyon Varlamov (backup)

Healthy Scratches: 12 Patrik Nemeth, 27 Ryan Graves, 44 Mark Barberio, 91 Vladislav Kamenev

Injury Report: 11 Matt Calvert (upper body)

 

Forward Gustav Nyquist missed today's morning skate to be at the birth of his child in Detroit. He is expected to arrive in time for puck drop, according to San Jose head coach Peter DeBoer.

Goaltender Martin Jones will start in net.

Below are the forward combinations and defensive pairings for Game 3, courtesy of SanJoseSharks.com.

Forwards

28 Timo Meier - 39 Logan Couture - 14 Gustav Nyquist
9 Evander Kane - 48 Tomas Hertl - 52 Lukas Radil
20 Marcus Sorensen - 19 Joe Thornton - 62 Kevin Lablanc
18 Michael Haley - 23 Barclay Goodrow - 68 Melker Karlsson

Defensemen

44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic - 88 Brent Burns
4 Brenden Dillon - 65 Erik Karlsson
47 Joakim Ryan - 61 Justin Braun

Goaltenders

31 Martin Jones (starter)
30 Aaron Dell (backup)

Scratches: 7 Dylan Gambrell, 8 Joe Pavelski, 27 Joonas Donskoi, 51 Radim Simek, 72 Tim Heed

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