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Avalanche at Jets preview

Colorado begins five-game road trip; Laine eyes 200th NHL point for Winnipeg

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

AVALANCHE (10-5-2) at JETS (10-7-1)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, ALT, NHL.TV


The Game

The Colorado Avalanche begin a five-game road trip when they play the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

Colorado, which has three trips of five or more games this season, is looking for a third straight victory after going winless in its previous five games (0-4-1).

The Jets have also won two straight games and are 4-0-1 in their past five. They defeated the Dallas Stars 3-2 in overtime on Sunday, improving to 4-1-1 in their past six games on home ice.

Players to watch

Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was named NHL Third Star for the week ending Nov. 10 after having six points (three goals, three assists) in three games. Makar leads NHL rookies in scoring with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 17 games.

Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck has stopped 92 percent or more of the shots he has faced in eight of his past nine starts. He is tied for third in the NHL with a .933 save percentage and has allowed two goals or less in five of his past six starts.


They said it

"You look at who they have out of their lineup; they still have a lot of weapons that can hurt you and they can still put the puck in the net. When Nathan MacKinnon comes to town it's always a tough test to shut him down and keep his line off the scoreboard." -- Jets forward Adam Lowry

"Two of our best players [Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen] are out. That's like 180 points gone, so it's tough to fill that but we're trying our best. We had a bit of a losing streak, but we've won a couple in a row now so we're feeling better." -- Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon


Avalanche projected lineup

Matt Calvert -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi

Jayson Megna -- Nazem Kadri -- J.T. Compher

Matt Nieto -- Tyson Jost -- Valeri Nichushkin

Andre Burakovsky -- Vladislav Kamenev -- T.J. Tynan

Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson

Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar

Ian Cole -- Mark Barberio

Pavel Francouz

Adam Werner

Scratched: Logan O'Connor, Kevin Connauton

Injured: Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body), Nikita Zadorov (broken jaw), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (concussion)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Joona Luoto -- David Gustafsson -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Nathan Beaulieu -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, Anthony Bitetto

Injured: Bryan Little (perforated eardrum, vertigo), Gabriel Bourque (lower body), Mark Letestu (heart), Mason Appleton (foot)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Status report

Rantanen skated Monday but did not travel to Winnipeg. … Grubauer and Zadorov each practiced Monday, and Grubauer and Bellemare are on the road trip. … The Avalanche recalled Connauton and O'Connor from Colorado of the American Hockey League on Monday.


Stat pack

Graves has four points (one goal, three assists) in the past two games. ... Jost has three assists in the past two games. … Laine needs one point to reach 200 in the NHL. … Connor has seven points (two goals, five assists) in the past five games.

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