The Colorado Avalanche will make some changes to their lineup tonight when they face the Arizona Coyotes at Ball Arena.
Matt calvert He will return to the lineup after missing the last six games with an upper body injury. He will replace Kiefer Sherwood on the fourth row and skate with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Y Logan o’connor at the exit.
On defense, rookie Conor Timmins miss the start with an upper body injury and Greg pateryn will play his fourth game of the year with Avalanche. Pateryn has skated in 273 career NHL contests and has four goals and 37 assists.
Philipp Grubauer He was the first goalkeeper to come off the ice and is expected to start at the net. He is tied for second among NHL goalkeepers in both wins (12) and shutouts (three) and ranks sixth in goals-against average (2.06). His three shutouts this year have already tied his career high (fourth time).
Nathan MacKinnon He participated non-contact in the Colorado morning session today, and head coach Jared Bednar said afterward that the forward is doing well in his recovery from an upper body injury, but that he will not get dressed tonight.
Tonight is the third of eight meetings between Colorado and Arizona and the first of four at Ball Arena. The Avs won the first two meetings with a sweep in a back-to-back set against the Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 26-27.
Below is the projected Avalanche lineup. All forward combinations and defensive pairings are subject to change.
92 Gabriel Landeskog – 96 Mikko rantanen – 13 Valeri Nichushkin
twenty Brandon saad – 91 Nazem Kadri – 95 André Burakovsky
17 Tyson jost – 12 Jayson megna – 72 Joonas donskoi
eleven Matt calvert – 41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – 25 Logan o’connor
two Dan renouf – 7 Devon toews
49 Samuel Girard – 3. 4 Jacob MacDonald
27 Ryan Graves – 5 Greg pateryn
31 Philipp Grubauer
32 Hunter Miska
Taxi squad: Peyton jones, Kiefer sherwood
Injury update: Bowen byram (Upper part of the body), JT Compher (Upper part of the body), Pavel francouz (Lower body), Dennis Gilbert (Upper part of the body), Erik johnson (upper body), Nathan MacKinnon (upper body), Cale Makar (Upper part of the body), Conor Timmins (Upper part of the body)