DENVER -- Right wing Milan Hejduk will return to the Colorado Avalanche lineup Friday against the Edmonton Oilers after missing nine games, five with a torso injury and the past four as a healthy scratch.
Avalanche coach Joe Sakic said he hadn't decided where Hejduk would play or who he would replace.
"He'll probably get some power-play time and he may bounce around a little bit with some different line combinations," Sacco said.
Goalie Semyon Varlamov will start for the first time since the Avalanche's 4-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on April 6. He missed four games with hip and groin injuries and dressed as the backup for Jean-Sebastien Giguere in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk will start for the Oilers. Dubnyk made 35 saves in a 4-0 win against the Avalanche on March 12. He has a 6-3-1 record with a 2.03 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in 10 career decisions against Colorado.
Here are the projected lineups for Friday's game:
Taylor Hall – Sam Gagner – Nail Yakupov
Magnus Paajarvi – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Shawn Horcoff – Anton Lander – Ryan Jones
Ryan Smyth – Jerred Smithson – Mike Brown
Ladislav Smid – Justin Schultz
Ryan Whitney – Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz – Corey Potter
Scratched: Mark Fistric, Teemu Hartikainen, Lennart Petrell
Injured: Eric Belanger (groin), Ales Hemsky (foot), Theo Peckham (ill)
John Mitchell – Matt Duchene – PA Parenteau
Cody McLeod – Ryan O'Reilly -- Gabriel Landeskog
Jamie McGinn – Paul Stastny – Milan Hejduk
Patrick Bordeleau – Chuck Kobasew – David Jones/David Van Der Gulik
Greg Zanon – Tyson Barrie
Jan Hejda – Stefan Elliott
Matt Hunwick – Shane O'Brien
Scratched: David Jones or David Van Der Gulik, Mark Olver, Aaron Palushaj
Injured: Steve Downie (knee), Erik Johnson (hand), Ryan Wilson (ankle)