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Hellebuyck in goal for Winnipeg, Andrighetto replaces Landeskog on Colorado's top line

by Rick Sadowski / Correspondent

JETS (15-6-3) at AVALANCHE (11-9-2)

9:30 p.m. ET; ALT, TSN3, NHL.TV 


The Game 

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck will start for the Winnipeg Jets against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Wednesday. 

Hellebuyck is 13-2-0 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. He's allowed two goals or less in 13 of his 17 starts.

The Jets set a franchise record for fewest games (24) to reach 15 wins with a 7-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Monday. They're 7-2-0 in their past nine games and 11-3-1 in 15.

Left wing Sven Andrighetto will replace suspended captain Gabriel Landeskog on Colorado's top line with center Nathan MacKinnon and right wing Mikko Rantanen. Landeskog will miss the next four games for cross-checking Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk on Saturday.


Players to watch

Jets center Mark Scheifele has 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in his past 15 games and is tied for ninth in the NHL with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists). He has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 17 games against Colorado.

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov missed four games with an illness and will make his first start since Nov. 18, a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators. He's 11-8-2 with a 2.64 GAA and .910 save percentage against Winnipeg.  


They said it

"You see all that speed and skill. We spend a lot of time talking about how much room we give the other team to play and it will be really important tonight that we don't give these guys too much room." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

"I've played with them before, so we know each other and we know how to play with each other, and I'm excited to be playing with them tonight." -- Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Mathieu Perreault -- Matt Hendricks -- Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Eric Comrie

Scratched: Marko Dano, Shawn Matthias, Tucker Poolman

Injured: Toby Enstrom (lower body), Steve Mason (concussion)


Avalanche projected lineup

Sven Andrighetto -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Tyson Jost -- Alexander Kerfoot -- J.T. Compher

Matt Nieto -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau

Gabriel Bourque -- Dominic Toninato -- Nail Yakupov

Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson

Anton Lindholm -- Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov -- Mark Barberio

Semyon Varlamov

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Duncan Siemens

Injured: Vladislav Kamenev (broken arm), Patrik Nemeth (lower body), Colin Wilson (hip, groin)

Suspended: Gabriel Landeskog


Status report

Lindholm was activated from injured reserve and will play after missing nine games because of a broken jaw. ... Colorado recalled Siemens and assigned defensemen Chris Bigras and Andrei Mironov to San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. 


Stat pack

Hellebuyck's .824 winning percentage is first in the League among goalies who have made at least 15 starts. ... Colorado is 2-for-22 on the power play in its past five games.

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