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Perreault returns for Winnipeg; Grubauer in goal for Colorado

by Rick Sadowski / Staff Writer

JETS (21-15-3) at AVALANCHE (23-12-4)

8 p.m. ET; ALT2, TSN3, NHL.TV


The Game

Mathieu Perreault will return to the lineup when the Winnipeg Jets play the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Tuesday.

Perreault missed six games with a concussion sustained in a 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 15. The forward, who has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 33 games, will play right wing on a line with left wing Gabriel Bourque and center Adam Lowry.

Connor Hellebuyck will start for the Jets, who are 0-2-1 in their past three games and 1-4-1 in their past six games.  

Philipp Grubauer will start for the Avalanche, who are 1-3-1 in their past five games and 2-4-1 in seven after going 8-0-1 in their previous nine.


Players to watch

Jets forward Mark Scheifele has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games.

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games and needs one goal to tie Matt Duchene (178) for eighth place in Colorado/Quebec Nordiques history.


They said it

"I just want to help the boys win a hockey game. It's not fun to watch. I want to be out there and help the guys out. Hopefully I can do that today, bring energy in the room, energy on the ice." -- Jets forward Mathieu Perreault  

"[The Jets] are a really good hockey team. Big, strong forwards, they go to the net hard. They're scoring goals in the paint, they put bodies there all the time. They've got good speed and skill. This is an important game." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque -- Adam Lowry - Mathieu Perreault

Jansen Harkins -- Nicholas Shore - Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Nathan Beaulieu

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, Joona Luoto, Logan Shaw

Injured: Andrew Copp (upper body), Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Bryan Little (ear)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi

Andre Burakovsky -- Nazem Kadri -- Mikko Rantanen

Valeri Nichushkin -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Matt Calvert

Matt Nieto -- Tyson Jost -- J.T. Compher

Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar

Ian Cole -- Erik Johnson

Nikita Zadorov -- Samuel Girard

Philipp Grubauer

Pavel Francouz

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Vladislav Kamenev

Injured: Colin Wilson (lower body)


Status report

Donskoi and Rantanen will switch lines. Donskoi will play on the top line with Landeskog and MacKinnon. Rantanen will be on the second line with Burakovsky and Kadri. 


Stat pack

Wheeler has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games and will play his 900th NHL game. … Laine has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past nine games. … Cole has four points (one goal, three assists) in a four-game streak. … Calvert has four goals in his past four games.

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