The Colorado Avalanche looks to once again evade elimination tonight, as it hosts the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 series at Pepsi Center.
Nashville leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can advance to the second round against the Winnipeg Jets with a victory. A Colorado win would force a Game 7 on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.
The Avs won't make any lineup changes to the one they iced in Friday's 2-1 victory at Nashville in Game 5, head coach Jared Bednar said during his pregame media availability.
Goaltender Andrew Hammond will make his second consecutive start in net for the Avalanche, as both Jonathan Bernier (lower body) and Semyon Varlamov (knee) are out with injuries. Spencer Martin will be the backup.
Hammond stopped 44 shots in the Game 5 victory. It was the most saves in his NHL career, both regular season and playoffs.
Below is the Avalanche's projected lineup, based on the team's combinations in Game 5. They are subject to change.
92 Gabriel Landeskog - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 96 Mikko Rantanen
17 Tyson Jost - 13 Alexander Kerfoot - 22 Colin Wilson
83 Matt Nieto - 34 Carl Soderberg - 14 Blake Comeau
57 Gabriel Bourque - 37 J.T. Compher - 10 Sven Andrighetto
16 Nikita Zadorov - 4 Tyson Barrie
12 Patrik Nemeth - 49 Samuel Girard
15 Duncan Siemens - 44 Mark Barberio
35 Andrew Hammond (Starter)
30 Spencer Martin (Backup)
Healthy Scratches: Mark Alt, Vladislav Kamenev, Anton Lindholm, Dominic Toninato, David Warsofsky, Nail Yakupov
Injury Report: Jonathan Bernier (lower body), Erik Johnson (fractured patella), Semyon Varlamov (knee)
For the Nashville Predators, forward Ryan Hartman is eligible to return to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension for delivering an illegal check to the head of Colorado's Carl Soderberg in Game 4 on Wednesday. Scott Hartnell took Hartman's spot on the fourth line in Game 5.
The Preds haven't announced any lineup changes at this time, but Hartman it likely to return to action this evening. It is unknown who he would replace if he does.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne will guard the pipes for the Predators. He has started in every contest of the series and has a 3.19 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.
Below is Nashville's projected lineup, according to NashvillePredators.com.
9 Filip Forsberg - 92 Ryan Johansen - 33 Viktor Arvidsson
22 Kevin Fiala - 8 Kyle Turris - 15 Craig Smith
10 Colton Sissons - 13 Nick Bonino - 51 Austin Watson
19 Calle Jarnkrok - 12 Mike Fisher - 17 Scott Hartnell / 38 Ryan Hartman
59 Roman Josi - 4 Ryan Ellis
14 Mattias Ekholm - 76 P.K. Subban
25 Alexei Emelin - 52 Matt Irwin
35 Pekka Rinne (Starter)
74 Juuse Saros (Backup)