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Game 4 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Sharks

Matt Calvert could return to the lineup

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche could have forward Matt Calvert back in the lineup tonight in Game 4 of its second-round series against the San Jose Sharks.

Calvert missed Game 3 on Tuesday with an upper-body injury that he sustained at the end of the second contest of the best-of-seven set on Sunday in San Jose. He returned to practice in a full-contact jersey at practice on Wednesday.

"We will see how he gets through this morning and everything, but I think there is a good possibility," head coach Jared Bednar said on if Calvert will be back in the lineup.

Bednar did not note which forward Calvert would replace, but Sven Andrighetto entered the game in Calvert's absence in Game 3. Should Calvert return, he is expected to be back on a line with J.T. Compher and Matt Nieto.

Bednar did add that the rest of the lineup will remain the same as it was on Tuesday.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer will be in net for Colorado. He has been between the pipes for each of Colorado's eight postseason contests.

Colorado recalled forwards A.J. Greer, Logan O'Connor and Dominic Toninato, defenseman Anton Lindholm and goaltender Pavel Francouz on Wednesday, and they will join defensemen Mark Barberio, Ryan Graves and Patrik Nemeth as the team's healthy scratches.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup for tonight's game. 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 - 18 Derick Brassard and/or 11 Matt Calvert
57 Gabriel Bourque - 17 Tyson Jost - 10 Sven Andrighetto and/or 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
1 Semyon Varlamov

Healthy Scratches: 12 Patrik Nemeth, 24 A.J. Greer, 25 Logan O'Connor, 27 Ryan Graves, 39 Pavel Francouz, 44 Mark Barberio, 47 Dominic Toninato, 54 Anton Lindholm, 91 Vladislav Kamenev

 

 

The San Jose Sharks are not expected to make any changes to its lineup tonight. Martin Jones will make his 11th start in goal for San Jose after making 25 saves on Tuesday.

Below are the Sharks' forward combinations and defensive pairings for Game 4, 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 Labanc
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
30 Aaron Dell

Scratches: 7 Dylan Gambrell, 8 Joe Pavelski, 27 Joonas Donskoi, 40 Antti Suomela, 51 Radim Simek, 72 Tim Heed

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