AVALANCHE (17-8-2) at CANADIENS (12-10-6)
7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, ALT, NHL.TV
Gabriel Landeskog will be in the lineup for the Colorado Avalanche when they try for a fifth straight win, against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.
The forward, who has missed the past 16 games because of a lower-body injury, has seven points (three goals, four assists) in 11 games this season. Colorado, which has outscored its opponents 19-7 during a four-game winning streak, has gone 9-6-1 without Landeskog.
Forward Andre Burakovsky, who hasn't played since Nov. 27 because of an upper-body injury, will also return. Center Nazem Kadri will not play after sustaining a lower-body injury in a 3-1 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Goalie Cayden Primeau will make his NHL debut for Montreal. The 20-year-old son of former NHL forward Keith Primeau was recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League on Monday and will start in the first of back-to-back games for Montreal. Primeau is 7-4-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 12 AHL games this season.
The Canadiens will try for a second straight win following an eight-game winless streak (0-5-3), their longest since 2002-03.
Players to watch
Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) during an eight-game point streak. He will look to score in a sixth straight game, which would match his longest goal streak in the NHL (Oct. 4-16, 2018), and tie the longest goal streak in the NHL this season (Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; Nov. 7-17).
Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past six games.
They said it
"I like to see the guys come back fully ready where they can help make an impact. But some of those guys have been out a long time, and we want to get them back in and they're anxious to get back in." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar
"He's one of those guys that just seems to be square and in the right position, makes the right save, and he doesn't look like a guy who's scrambling to get back in position, and that's served him well to date." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien on rookie goalie Cayden Primeau
Avalanche projected lineup
Mikko Rantanen -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi
Gabriel Landeskog -- J.T. Compher -- Andre Burakovsky
Matt Calvert -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Valeri Nichushkin
Matt Nieto -- Tyson Jost -- T.J. Tynan
Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar
Samuel Girard -- Nikita Zadorov
Mark Barberio -- Ian Cole
Scratched: Calle Rosen
Injured: Nazem Kadri (lower body), Vladislav Kamenev (illness), Colin Wilson (lower body), Erik Johnson (lower body)
Canadiens projected lineup
Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher
Nick Cousins -- Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki
Artturi Lehkonen -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia
Matthew Peca -- Nate Thompson -- Jordan Weal
Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber
Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry
Otto Leskinen -- Cale Fleury
Scratched: Mike Reilly, Charles Hudon
Injured: Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Paul Byron (knee), Victor Mete (ankle)
The Avalanche assigned forward Logan O'Connor to Colorado of the AHL. … Byron skated for the first time since he was injured Nov. 15. … Leskinen was recalled from Laval of the AHL on Wednesday and will make his NHL debut.
Rantanen has five points (one goal, four assists) in two games since missing 16 because of a lower-body injury … Danault has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past four games.