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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Sharks

Colorado making changes to forward combinations

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer will make his second consecutive start in net this evening for the Colorado Avalanche as the team hosts the San Jose Sharks at Pepsi Center.

Grubauer made 27 saves in Colorado's last game on Tuesday against the Dallas Stars, a 3-2 overtime loss for the club.

The Avalanche will make a switch with its bottom-six forward combinations for the game versus the Sharks. J.T. Compher will move to a line with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Matt Calvert, and Matt Nieto will join a trio with Tyson Jost and Vladislav Kamenev.

Tonight's contest is the third for Colorado in a five-game homestand, its longest homestay at Pepsi Center this season. It is also the first meeting between the Avs and Sharks since the teams played seven games in last year's second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.

Forwards
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

Defensemen
27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
16 Nikita Zadorov - 28 Ian Cole

Goaltenders
31 Philipp Grubauer
39 Pavel Francouz

Healthy Scratch: Mark Barberio

Injuries: Joonas Donskoi (concussion protocol), Colin Wilson (lower body, out indefinitely)

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