DEVILS (27-36-9) at AVALANCHE (30-29-12)
3 p.m. ET; SN1, ALT, MSG+, NHL.TV
The Colorado Avalanche will try to gain ground in the Western Conference wild-card race when they play the New Jersey Devils at Pepsi Center on Sunday.
The Avalanche, who have lost two straight and are 2-5-0 in their past seven games after going 6-1-1 in their previous eight, are six points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Colorado has a game in hand.
Philipp Grubauer will start in net for the Avalanche. He's 11-9-3 with a 3.02 goals-against average, a .901 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games (24 starts) this season.
The Devils, who have been eliminated from playoff contention, will try to win their third straight game for the first time since Dec. 27-31.
Players to watch
Devils forward Kenny Agostino has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.
Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past five games.
They said it
"It's a credit to the guys in our room, the older guys, the leadership guys, because they set the culture." -- Devils coach John Hynes on their comeback 3-2 shootout win at the Vancouver Canucks on Friday
"Being consistent is a skill as a player. We have good players, really good players. But being able to do it every night is a skill. We've got to work on it, we've got to mature to the point where we're good every night, not just every once in a while." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar
Devils projected lineup
Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Stefan Noesen
Kenny Agostino -- Kevin Rooney -- Kyle Palmieri
Drew Stafford -- Blake Pietila -- Joey Anderson
Eric Tangradi -- Michael McLeod -- Nick Lappin
Andy Greene -- Damon Severson
Will Butcher -- Connor Carrick
Colton White -- Steven Santini
Scratched: Kurtis Gabriel, John Quenneville, Sami Vatanen, Egor Yakovlev
Injured: Nathan Bastian (upper body), Jesper Bratt (lower body), Taylor Hall (lower body), Nico Hischier (upper body), Mirco Mueller (upper body), Miles Wood (lower body), Pavel Zacha (upper body)
Avalanche projected lineup
Derick Brassard -- Nathan MacKinnon -- J.T. Compher
Colin Wilson -- Carl Soderberg - Mikko Rantanen
Alexander Kerfoot -- Tyson Jost -- Matt Calvert
Gabriel Bourque - Andrew Agozzino -- Sven Andrighetto
Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson
Ian Cole -- Tyson Barrie
Nikita Zadorov -- Patrik Nemeth
Scratched: Ryan Graves
Injured: Mark Barberio (leg), Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder), Gabriel Landeskog (upper body), Matt Nieto (leg)
The Devils didn't practice Saturday after arriving from Vancouver.
Butcher has four assists in a four-game point streak. … Rantanen has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games.