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Avalanche will be without Landeskog vs. Jets

Colorado captain to serve first of three-game suspension

by Patrick Williams / NHL.com Correspondent
AVALANCHE (35-30-4) at JETS (27-35-5)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; ALT2, CITY, NHL.TV

WINNIPEG -- Gabriel Landeskog will not be in the lineup when the Colorado Avalanche visit the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Saturday.

Landeskog starts a three-game suspension for a cross-checking incident against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Colorado did not have a morning skate, but coach Patrick Roy said Friday that Andreas Martinsen will replace Landeskog on a line with Shawn Matthias and Carl Soderberg.

"(Martinsen) played so well last game," Roy told the Avalanche website. "I was very happy with him."

Roy said there are no plans to call up an additional player from the American Hockey League and he is very comfortable dressing 11 forwards against Winnipeg. 

Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in net.

Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will be in the lineup, according to coach Paul Maurice. His status was uncertain after he sustained an upper-body injury in the third period of a 3-2 loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Byfuglien leads Winnipeg with an average of 24:47 per game.

"It's a time of the year that there is a lot of hockey going on," Byfuglien said. "It's not easy on anybody, young or old. It wears and tears on you. You just keep your focus on the game. It's something we talk about, and it's something we teach as we go.

Ondrej Pavelec starts in net.

Here are the projected lineups:

AVALANCHE

Mikhail Grigorenko - Matt Duchene - Jarome Iginla

Mikkel Boedker - Nathan MacKinnon - Blake Comeau

Shawn Matthias - Carl Soderberg - Andreas Martinsen

Cody McLeod - John Mitchell - Jack Skille

Francois Beauchemin - Erik Johnson

Nick Holden - Tyson Barrie

Eric Gelinas - Zach Redmond

Semyon Varlamov

Calvin Pickard

Injured: Chris Bigras (concussion), Brad Stuart (back surgery), Jesse Winchester (head)

Scratched: Andrew Bodnarchuk

Suspended: Gabriel Landeskog

JETS

Drew Stafford - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault - Alexander Burmistrov - Marko Dano

Chris Thorburn - Adam Lowry - Scott Kosmachuk

Matt Halischuk - Andrew Copp - J.C. Lipon

Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien

Jacob Trouba - Tyler Myers

Ben Chiarot - Paul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Michael Hutchinson

Injured: Joel Armia (lower body), Grant Clitsome (back), Nikolaj Ehlers (eye), Bryan Little (neck), Anthony Peluso (upper body), Mark Stuart (hand) 

Scratched: None

Status report: Landeskog will not be available until March 20 against the Edmonton Oilers. … Maurice said Ehlers had an appointment Thursday that went "very, very well" and will have light activity. … Peluso had shoulder surgery and will be out approximately four months. … Armia is expected to be out another 5-7 days. … Stuart is skating.

Who's hot: Matthias has a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist). … Beauchemin and Soderberg each have a three-game point streak. … Scheifele has a six-game point streak (six goals, three assists) and 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games. … The Winnipeg penalty kill has gone 16-for-16 in the past five games.

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